This special series on Addressing Global Disparities in Pediatric and Congenital Cardiac Care is co-edited by Dr. Dominique Vervoort, from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MA, USA; and Dr. Marcelo Cardarelli, from Inova Children's Hospital, Falls Church, VA, USA.
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MA, USA
Dominique Vervoort is a Belgian doctor and current MPH/MBA dual degree student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. He has introduced the concept of global cardiac surgery to literature and established the Global Cardiac Surgery Initiative to advocate for the nearly six billion people worldwide without access to cardiac surgical care. Clinically, as an aspiring cardiac surgeon, his interests lie in aortic and congenital heart surgery outcomes and disparities in accessing cardiac care.
Dominique is Co-Founder and Trustee of InciSioN - International Student Surgical Network. He has given lectures and facilitated workshops on youth engagement in global surgery at conferences around the world and represented the trainee voice in global surgery at high-level forums.
Inova Children's Hospital, Falls Church, VA, USA
Dr. Cardarelli is originally from Argentina, where he obtained his medical diploma. Upon completion of his specialization in surgery and cardiothoracic surgery he moved to the U.S. looking for further training in pediatric cardiac surgery. He completed fellowships at Texas Heart Institute under Dr. Denton Cooley, Children Hospital of Philadelphia with Dr. W. Norwood and at Boston Children Hospital with Dr. Aldo Castaneda.
Dr. Cardarelli was director of pediatric cardiac surgery at University of Maryland Health System for nearly 18 years and co-founder of the William Novick Global Cardiac Alliance in 2014. For the last 5 years he has practiced at Inova Children Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia.
- Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery in Sub-Saharan Africa: Challenges and Opportunities
- Pediatric Cardiac Care on Small Island States
- The Past, Present, and Future of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery in Latin America
- Quality Improvement for Pediatric Cardiac Care in Variable-Resource Contexts
- Non-Governmental Organizations and Pediatric Cardiac Care: Collaboration and Coordination
- Multisectoral and International Partnerships to Bridge the Global Gaps in Pediatric Cardiac Care
- Fostering Sustainable Pediatric Cardiac Workforce Around the World
- Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery in Conflict Zones: A Way Forward?
- The Road to Regionalization in Congenital Heart Surgery
- Generating Political Support for Cardiac Surgical Care in Variable-Resource Contexts
- Ethics of Resource Allocations to Congenital Heart Surgery in Variable-Resource Contexts
The series “Addressing Global Disparities in Pediatric and Congenital Cardiac Care” was commissioned by the editorial office, AME Surgical Journal without any sponsorship or funding. Dominique Vervoort and Marcelo Cardarelli are serving as the unpaid Guest Editors for the series.