Ziyad Hijazi

Prof. Hijazi completed his postgraduate training from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale University, where he was subsequently awarded a Masters of Public Health. He remained at Yale University where he completed a residency in Pediatrics and a fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology. Upon completion of his fellowship training in 1991, he joined the faculty at Tufts University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor. In 1997 he was promoted to Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, and in 1999 Prof. Hijazi accepted a faculty appointment at the University of Chicago as Endowed Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine and Chief of the division of cardiology. Prof. Hijazi is very prolific with more than 360 peer reviewed published articles, nine books, over 60 book chapters and hundreds of abstracts. His major area of interest is in the development of techniques and catheters/devices to help treat or cure congenital and structural cardiac disease without open-heart surgery. Prof. Hijazi’s annual Pediatric & Adult Interventional Cardiac Symposium (PICS) is a four-day conference which brings together a select international faculty who provide demonstrations, live operations and the latest research breakthroughs in interventional cardiology for congenital and structural heart disease. This symposium attracts more than 850 interventional cardiologists and healthcare provider from more than 60 countries around the world. He successfully performed the first operation (Pulmonary valve implantation) of its kind in the U.S. on December 13, 2005 on a 16-year old boy. Further, he did the first human implantation of pulmonary valve in the world using the Venus P valve in 2013! He is the Global PI for the Venus P valve. In 2011, Mayor Thomas Menino declared July 25, 2011 as the Ziyad M. Hijazi day in Boston, MA.

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