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Jonathan R. Kaltman, M.D., is chief of the Heart Development and Structural Diseases Branch in the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Kaltman joined the NHLBI in 2008.
In this role, Dr. Kaltman is responsible for developing new research initiatives and managing basic and clinical research grants in the areas of pediatric cardiology, congenital cardiac genomics, sudden cardiac death, muscular dystrophy, and other pediatric cardiology-related disease states.
Dr. Kaltman provides leadership for the Pediatric Cardiac Genomics Consortium, a multi-center translational research group investigating the association of genetic variation with congenital heart disease diagnosis and outcome. He also helps oversee the Pediatric Heart Network, a multi-center clinical research network conducting studies in children with congenital heart disease.
Prior to joining the NHLBI, Dr. Kaltman served as an assistant professor at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He then joined the Children’s National Medical Center in the District of Columbia as an assistant clinical professor. Dr. Kaltman still holds a part-time position at the Children’s National Medical Center, where his responsibilities include: outpatient pediatric cardiology/electrophysiology care, participation in catheter ablation procedures, electrophysiology consults, and education of residents and fellows.
Dr. Kaltman received his Bachelor of Science in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University, New Haven, Conn., and earned his Doctor of Medicine from Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta.
Dr. Kaltman is a member of the Heart Rhythm Society and the American Heart Association. He also serves as a reviewer for the American Journal of Cardiology, Circulation, Heart Rhythm, and Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology.
Areas of expertise: pediatric cardiology and electrophysiology, congenital cardiac genomics, and sudden cardiac death.
Photo courtesy of the Children’s National Medical Center.
February 19, 2014
: Vanderbilt University
Baby hearts need rhythm to develop correctly
To develop correctly, baby hearts need rhythm even before they have blood to pump, according to results of a partially NHLBI-supported study at Vanderbilt University.
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: Popular Science
A glue that seals heart defects
The glue—which NHLBI-supported researchers showed is able to hold fast on live beating hearts—could be a gentler alternative to stitches.
Google+ Hangout on the first large-scale gene sequencing analysis of congenital heart disease