Meet the Pediatric Heart Failure, Cardiomyopathy and Heart Transplant Team
The Norton Children’s Heart Institute heart failure, cardiomyopathy and heart transplant team includes highly skilled providers in pediatric heart care from Norton Children’s and UofL Physicians. Our team includes specialists from many fields in addition to cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, including electrophysiology, critical care, anesthesia, infectious diseases, psychology and more. Your child will receive care focused on their overall health and wellness — not just their heart condition.
Pediatric Heart Failure, Cardiomyopathy and Transplant Program team
- Joseph H. Hersh, M.D., genetics
- Christopher L. Johnsrude, M.D., electrophysiology medical director
- Kelvin C. Lau, M.D., electrophysiology
- Ryan A. Leahy, M.D., interventional cardiology
- Joshua Sparks, M.D., heart failure and transplant medical director
- Victoria A. Statler, M.D., pediatric infectious diseases
- Dustin W. Dillon, M.D., Hearts & Hands Care Team
- Bryan D. Carter, Ph.D., pediatric psychologist
- Mary T. Massey, APRN
- Jennifer D. Thomas, DNP, R.N., CCRN, transplant administrator
- Sara Chandler, transplant dietitian
Why Norton Children’s Heart Institute for cardiomyopathy, heart failure and heart transplant care?
- Norton Children’s Hospital has been a pioneer in pediatric heart transplant surgery. The hospital was the second site for a successful infant heart transplant in the country and the first in Kentucky, performed in 1986.
- Our program has the oldest living pediatric transplant patients, three individuals who received transplants in 1987.
- Our team includes specialists in cardiomyopathy and neuromuscular disease, among others. Our muscular dystrophy clinics provide a multidisciplinary approach with advanced imaging and more for children with cardiomyopathies.
- Our program has a 100 percent survival rate using ventricular assist devices (VADs) as a bridge to heart transplantation (as of 2018).
- Our heart transplant team includes an infectious disease physician, transplant psychologist, the Hearts & Hands Care Team, and other caregivers to address the physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual needs of patients and their families before and after surgery.
- We offer support systems for children and families waiting for heart transplants, including the Brave Hearts program.
- We have the only pediatric heart genetics program in Kentucky.
- We are approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and work closely with health insurers to help families.
Norton Children’s Heart Institute
Call for an appointment
Three-year-old Apphia Rosenthal started a regular day last summer eating eggs and chatting with her parents. She was excited about what color glasses she would choose if she needed them (she was thinking something in […]Read Full Story
We often give reminders to our kids and family members about washing their hands. After all, it’s a do-it-yourself vaccine that can help prevent flu and other disease, and keep infections at bay. Did you […]Read Full Story
Kids with leukemia in the Louisville area soon will be able to get the next big advance in treatment, a revolutionary immunotherapy known as CAR-T (chimeric antigen receptor T cells) therapy. In CAR-T therapy, a […]Read Full Story
Thanks to a new collaboration between Norton Healthcare and Jefferson County Public Schools, students at three schools have access to online medical care while at school. The pilot School-based Telemedicine Program allows a child to […]Read Full Story