Dr. Carlos Pedra

Dante Pazzanese Instituto de Cardiologia, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Dr Carlos AC Pedra, MD, PhD was born in São Paulo, SP, Brazil on October 23rd, 1963. He was graduated from Santa Casa Medical School in 1986 in São Paulo. He trained in Pediatrics and Pediatric Intensive Care at the University of São Paulo, and in Pediatric Cardiology and Pediatric Diagnostic and Interventional Catheterization at the Instituto Dante Pazzanese de Cardiologia in Sao Paulo.

From 1998 to 1999 he spent 18 months at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada training as a clinical fellow in the catheterization laboratory under the mentorship of Dr Lee Benson. In 2004 he concluded his PhD course at Dante Pazzanese and his thesis was on “Stenting of Coarctation of the Aorta in Adolescents and Adults”.

Since January 2004 he has been the Director of the Catheterization Laboratory for Congenital Heart Disease at the Instituto Dante Pazzanese, one of the busiest and most important training centers in South America. He also co-directs the Catheterization Laboratory at the Hospital do Coracao in Sao Paulo, a private institution with a busy neonatal program under a philanthropic umbrella sponsored by the Brazilian Ministry of Health and local communities. At the Hospital do Coracao, the experience on fetal cardiac procedures and on the hybrid approach for HLHS has evolved significantly over the last 5 years. Dr Pedra has presented more than 100 abstracts at Brazilian meetings and more than 80 at International events. He has delivered more than 200 lectures in Brazil and more than 60 at International events. He has published over 65 papers in Brazilian Medical Journals and over 50 papers in International Journals. He has trained and/or proctored several doctors in Brazil and South America, mainly on the use of occlusion devices and stents. In the last 6 years he has participated in the organization of some SOLACI (Latin American Society of Interventional Cardiology) meetings in South America and at the moment (as of July 2009) he is the director of the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease Section of SOLACI.

Since 2007 he has co-directed the PICS meeting with Drs Ziyad M Hijazi, William Hellenbrand, John P Cheatham and Zahid Amin.