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Breinholt named Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital

HOUSTON (June25, 2014)

Renowned pediatric cardiologist John P. Breinholt, M.D. has been named the Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.  He will also serve as the director of the division of Pediatric Cardiology in the Department of Pediatrics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School.

“With his extensive expertise and work in pediatrics, and specifically in the cardiovascular area, Dr. Brienholt will be a wonderful leader to the staff and medical team here,” said Eric Eichenwald, M.D., physician-in-chief at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.  “We all look forward to working with him.”

With a goal of growing the pediatric cardiology program across the Memorial Hermann Health System, Dr. Breinholt will treat various heart issues in children including aortic valve disease, atrial fibrillation, cardiomyopathy, congestive heart failure, pulmonary valve disease, pulmonary hypertension, septal defect, tricuspid valve disease, pericardial disease, mitral valve disease, coarctation of the aorta, and congenital heart disease.

“Bringing in a cardiologist of Dr. Breinholt’s caliber will not only be an asset for the hospital but to the Houston community,” said Susie Distefano, CEO of Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.  “We’re so pleased to have him join our team and bring his outstanding medical experience and passion of caring for our littlest patients.”

Breinholt graduated from the University Of Utah School Of Medicine and completed his pediatric residency at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital. He received his pediatric cardiology training at Texas Children’s Hospital, where he also received additional training in cardiomyopathy and cardiac transplant. After completing an advanced fellowship in cardiac catheterization, he was recruited to Indiana University School of Medicine, where he was associate professor of pediatrics, director of the Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program, and director of education for the Division of Pediatric Cardiology.

Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital is a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart defects. As one of only two pediatric cardiology facilities in Southeast Texas, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital offers Houston’s smallest residents with the most advanced treatment and technology available.  For more information, visit Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital or The Children’s Heart Institute.




About Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital

Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital is a 278-bed hospital dedicated to pediatric and neonatal care with an additional 68 beds dedicated to women’s services.  The hospital’s special compassion and healing expertise has distinguished it as one of the finest children’s hospitals in the nation. In partnership with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School, Children’s Memorial Hermann specialists provide care for more than 120,000 patient visits annually, including the tiniest premature infants, children and adolescents. Memorial Hermann takes a holistic approach to healthcare, offering programs and services that address the physical, social, psychological and spiritual aspects of well-being. An integrated health system, Memorial Hermann is known for world-class clinical expertise, patient-centered care, leading-edge technology and innovation.  The system, with its exceptional medical staff and 22,000 employees, serves southeast Texas and the greater Houston community. Learn more about Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.