Physician brings advanced cardiac genetics training to enhance new role
Texas Children’s Heart Center is excited to welcome pediatric cardiologist Dr. Lisa D’Alessandro.
“I am thrilled to welcome Dr. D’Alessandro to our team,” said Dr. Daniel Penny, chief of cardiology at Texas Children’s Hospital and section head and professor of pediatrics-cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine. “As we continue to expand our Cardiovascular Genetics Program, her specialized training will prove to be an invaluable asset.”
D’Alessandro, who also serves as an associate professor of pediatrics at Baylor, completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Windsor in Ontario. She earned her medical degree and did her residency training at Western University in London, Ontario. D’Alessandro completed her fellowship in pediatric cardiology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as a research fellowship in cardiac genomics at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
D’Alessandro’s clinical interests include cardiovascular genetics, inpatient and outpatient general cardiology and echocardiography. Her research interests include the use of next-generation sequencing to understand the genetic causes of congenital heart disease and factors that may influence prognosis, as well as the use of non-invasive prenatal genetic testing in the fetal heart population. D’Alessandro is a member of the American Heart Association, Canadian Cardiovascular Society and Ontario Medical Association/Canadian Medical Association.
The Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic at Texas Children’s Heart Center is a multidisciplinary clinic where a team of cardiologists and geneticists look at the genetic basis for cardiovascular disease. Experts screen, diagnose and provide counseling to patients and their families.
For more than half a century, the integrated, multidisciplinary team has combined cutting-edge technology with compassion and a family-centered approach to treat more than 17,000 children with congenital heart defects and perform more than 800 surgeries annually. Texas Children’s Heart Center cardiologists and surgeons are world-renowned leaders in pediatric cardiology, congenital heart surgery and cardiovascular anesthesiology, and offer every procedure available for the treatment of pediatric heart diseases and defects for children of all ages, including preterm and low-birth-weight newborns.