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In this episode Stuart Berger, MD, FAAP, chair of the executive committee of the AAP Section on Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, describes causes, symptoms, and treatment of myocarditis. Hosts David Hill, MD, FAAP, and Joanna Parga-Belinkie, MD, FAAP, also talk to Amy Houtrow, MD, PhD, MPH, FAAP, about ways pediatricians can promote healthy sexuality for youth with disabilities.



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Stuart Berger, MD, FAAP


Dr. Stuart Berger is a Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Northwestern University. He is the Division Head of Pediatric Cardiology at Lurie Children’s Hospital as well as the Medical Director of the Heart Center. His clinical interests include pediatric intensive care medicine, interventional cardiac catheterization, pulmonary hypertension, and outpatient pediatric cardiology. His academic and research interests are in prevention of sudden cardiac death in children and adolescents including advocacy for CPR and AED use.

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Amy Houtrow, MD, PhD, MPH, FAAP


Amy Houtrow, MD, PhD, MPH, FAAP, is a Professor and Endowed Chair in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is also the Vice Chair for Quality and Outcomes and is the Chief of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Services at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP). Dr. Houtrow’s main clinical focus is caring for children with disabling conditions and helping to improve function and quality of life to the greatest degree possible. Her patients include children with spina bifida, cerebral palsy, rheumatologic disorders, brain and spinal cord injuries, and orthopaedic, musculoskeletal, and neurological disorders and conditions. Complementing her clinical focus, Dr. Houtrow’s research focus is on childhood disability trends, advancing health equity and developing channels to improve service delivery.


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The interviewees have no conflicts of interest to disclose

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*The views expressed in this podcast are those of the guests and not necessarily those of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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