Department of Pediatrics

Division of Cardiology

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Division Overview

The Cardiovascular Center of Excellence will provide all aspects of medical, interventional and surgical care for pediatric and adult patients with congenital or acquired heart disease. Accordingly, the Center will have on its staff the entire spectrum of medical, interventional, fetal, pediatric cardiologists, electrophysiologists, cardiac surgeons and cardiac anesthesiologists. Cutting-edge, state-of-the-art interventional and surgical therapies will be offered to all patients with a variety of congenital or acquired conditions

In achieving our aim to provide care with the highest quality, safety, and excellence, the scope of service at the Sidra Medical and Research Center will be focused on the tertiary and quaternary levels of specialized pediatric medical care, including complex, state-of-the-art procedures and therapies based on evidence and best practices and, where appropriate, on carefully designed, ethically approved experimental approaches provided by a highly trained international health care team. As such, Department of Pediatric Medicine will closely network with its tertiary care partner, the Hamad Medical Corporation (Hamad General Hospital, Women’s Hospital and Heart Hospital) in Doha. In addition, it will also network with the primary care services (e.g. Primary Health Care Corporation) and secondary care services at Al Khor Hospital, Al Wakra Hospital and the other hospitals in the Hamad Medical Corporation network.

The mission of the Department of Pediatric Medicine at Sidra is to provide the timely diagnosis, efficient, evidence and/or best practices-based medical care and follow-up of the patients leading to their recovery and optimized health status as quickly as possible. The care will be provided using a multidisciplinary approach in a compassionate, culturally sensitive and patient- and family-centered environment. As a result, the care provided at Sidra will enhance access to tertiary and quaternary care while providing community outreach, patient and family education and collaboration with primary care providers in the State of Qatar.

Division Services

  • Interventional Cardiology / Cardiac Catheterization
  • Electrophysiology (including: EKG, Holter, Event Recording, Stress Testing)
  • Non-Invasive Imaging (Echo, Fetal Echo, Cardiac MRI & CT)
  • Fetal Cardiology
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiac Anesthesiology
Sidra outpatient clinic location map

“Patients and family members, if you are visiting the Sidra Outpatient Clinic, please follow the directions provided in this map for accurate directions. We ensure this map is always current and updated with any changes in routes.”

The Department of Pediatric Medicine will ensure compliance with the standards set by the Sidra Quality Department and the directives of the Supreme Council of Health for the wait times and the length of stay (LOS). The directives from the Supreme Council of Health currently require that all patients seen in outpatient clinics be attended to within the 30 minutes of their appointment. Length of stay targets will be set by each division in the Department of Pediatric.


Operating Hours

Sunday - Thursday07:00 am - 03:00 pm

Ralf Holzer

Division Chief - Pediatric Cardiology

Jai P Udassi

Director - Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care

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Ziyad M Hijazi

Chairman - Department of Pediatrics

Publications by the division

Completion Angiography After Cardiac Surgery for Congenital Heart Disease: Complementing the Intraoperative Imaging Modalities

Pediatr Cardiol 2009; 30(8):1075-1082...
Holzer RJ, Sisk M, Chisolm JL, Hill SL, Olshove V, Phillips A, Cheatham JP, Galatowicz M

Published: 1 August 2009
Author(s): Ralf Holzer

Acute, Intermediate, and Long-Term Results of a Prospective Multi-Institutional Registry- Congenital Cardiovascular Interventional Study Consortium

Catheter Cardiovascular Interv 2010 October; 4(76):553-563....
Holzer R, Qureshi S, Ghasemi A, Vincent J, Sievert H, Gruenstein D, Weber H, Alday L, Petrone A, Zellers T, Cheatham JP, Slack M

Published: 4 October 2010
Author(s): Ralf Holzer

Adverse Events and Procedural Characteristics- Results of a Multi-Institutional Registry

Circulation Cardiovascular Interv 2011 June 4 (3):287-96...
Holzer R, Gauvreau K, Lock J, Cheatham J, Kreutzer J, Leahy R, Murphy J, Bergersen L

Published: 4 June 2011
Author(s): Ralf Holzer

Relationship between procedural adverse events associated with cardiac catheterization for congenital heart disease and operator factors: Results of a Multi-Institutional Registry (C3PO)

Catheter Cardiovascular Interv. 2013 Sep 1;82(3):463-73...
Ralf Holzer, Lisa Bergersen, Gauvreau K, Kreutzer J, Moore JW, McElhinney DB

Published: 1 September 2013
Author(s): Ralf Holzer

Characteristics and safety of interventions and procedures performed during catheterization of patients with congenital heart disease: early report from the national cardiovascular data registry

Cardiology in the Young. October 2015. 26(6):1202-12....
Holzer R, Beekman R, Benson L, Bergersen L, Jayaram N, Jenkins K, Kennedy K, Moore J, Ringel R, Rome J, Vincent R, Martin GR

Published: 26 October 2015
Author(s): Ralf Holzer

Novel Adhesive Glove Device for Active Compression-Decompression CPR results in improved cerebral and cardiac blood flow in piglet model of cardiac arrest

Resuscitation 2012 Jun; 83(6):750-4...
Udassi JP, Udassi S, Andre Shih, Stacy Porvasik, Lamb M, Zaritsky AL, Haque IU

Published: 1 June 2012
Author(s): Jai P Udassi

Ventricular Fibrillation Induced Cardiac Arrest Results in Regional Cardiac Injury Preferentially in Left Anterior Descending Coronary Artery Territory in Piglet Model

September 2016 for publication in journal of Biomed Research International...
Giri Kaliki, John R. Forder, Dan Clark, Andre Shih, Sharda Udassi, Srinivasarao Badugu, Stacy L. Porvasnik, Renata S. Shih, Dalia Lopez-colon, Arno L. Zaritsky, Ikram U. Haque and Jai P. Udassi

Published: 1 August 2016
Author(s): Jai P Udassi

Heart Transplantation in Pediatrics

J. Pediatric Critical Care Vol1 (3) July-September 2014. Pgs. 193-207...
Dipankar Gupta, Frederick Jay Fricker, Mark S. Bleiweis and Jai P. Udassi

Published: 1 July 2014
Author(s): Jai P Udassi

Pediatric Mechanical Circulatory Support

J. Pediatric Critical Care Vol1 (3) July-September 2014. Pgs. 186-192...
Michael A. Maymi, Dipankar Gupta, Wenda E. Barras, Joseph Philip, Frederick J. Fricker, Mark S. Bleiweis and Jai P. Udassi

Published: 1 July 2014
Author(s): Jai P Udassi

An unusual case of Neonatal Meningitis

Journal of Pediatric Health Care (Impact Factor: 1.97). 03/2015...
Sharda Udassi, Jai P Udassi, Beverly P Giordano, Judy F Lew

Published: 1 March 2015
Author(s): Jai P Udassi

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