McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine faculty member Jacqueline Kreutzer, M.D. (pictured), Director, Interventional Cardiology, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, was recently recognized as a “Top Physician.” In conjunction with National Doctor’s Day, Western Pennsylvania Hospital News invited hospitals and other healthcare providers the opportunity to submit profiles of those doctors that they would like to recognize. Dr. Kreutzer’s nomination was 1 of 27 western Pennsylvania entries acknowledged.
Dr. Kreutzer provides each child and family who come to Children’s Heart Center for care with the most comprehensive and advanced pediatric heart care. Under her direction, Children’s Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory is a modern, technologically advanced facility where 600 to 700 catheterization procedures are performed each year.
About 200 interventional cardiac catheterizations are performed, including device closure of intracardiac defects, balloon angioplasty and stenting of narrow vessels, closure of abnormal connections/vessels, and ballooning of too narrow valves. Diagnostic and therapeutic electrophysiologic studies, including radio frequency ablations are also performed. Additional catheterization procedures performed in the lab include: surveillance biopsies for heart transplant recipients and diagnostic studies for children with complex congenital anomalies.
Dr. Kreutzer completed medical school with honors at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and susbsequently her pediatric residency at the University of Florida Affiliated Hospitals in Gainesville, FL. Both her fellowships - cardiac pathology and cardiology – were performed at Children’s Hospital Boston, MA. Following that she practiced as an attending pediatric interventional cardiologist for 5 years at Children’s Hospital of Boston and another 5 years at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia prior to joining the faculty at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in August of 2005.
Her research interests include novel catheter/device use for cardiac catheterization and transcatheter intervention. Dr Kreutzer is the principal investigator in multiple multicenter clinical research studies on interventional cardiology in children. These projects aim to develop new minimally invasive treatment tools for children with heart defects.
Dr. Kreutzer serves on a number boards, including the Board of Pediatrics Subboard of Pediatric Cardiology, and is a member of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young, American College of Cardiology Women in Cardiology Section, The Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions, and the American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular Radiology and Intervention, to name just a few. She also is a member of two international societies: Sociedad Argentina de Cardiología and Sociedad Latina de Cardiología. Dr. Kreutzer is also Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Illustration: McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
Western Pennsylvania Hospital News, Part I Winners (page 13, Dr. Kreutzer’s announcement) (03/2008)
Western Pennsylvania Hospital News, Part II Winners (04/2008)