Ochsner Hospital for Children Joins HLHS Consortium

Jun 17, 2019 | Brianna N. Tranby | @briannatranby

HLHS Consortium Ochsner

NEW ORLEANS -- Mayo Clinic's Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) and Ochsner Hospital for Children are proud to announce their collaboration to prevent heart failure in HLHS, a rare and complex form of congenital heart disease.

Ochsner's Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery Program is led by Benjamin Peeler, M.D. who joined Ochsner's team in 2016 and has brought decades of invaluable experience and leadership to the team.  "Dr. Peeler has been building a team of dedicated professionals, and their work has resulted in a 100% survival rate of the complex Norwood surgery every year since 2017," says Tim Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., director of the HLHS Program at Mayo Clinic.  "They are passionate about ensuring that all families in Louisiana have access to the best level of surgical care which is why we're so proud to welcome them to the HLHS Consortium."

Ochsner is now the eighth member of the HLHS Consortium, which includes six other hospitals: Mayo Clinic, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Children's Minnesota, Children's Hospital Colorado, and The Children's Hospital at OU Medicine.  The HLHS Consortium also includes founding member Sisters by Heart, an advocacy group for parents and families.

Read more about this announcement on the Mayo Clinic News Network.


The Todd and Karen Wanek Family Program for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) is a collaborative network of specialists bonded by the vision of finding solutions for individuals affected by congenital heart defects including HLHS. The specialized team is addressing the various aspects of these defects by using research and clinical strategies ranging from basic science to diagnostic imaging to regenerative therapies. Email the program at HLHS@mayo.edu to learn more.

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