Dr. William E. Hellenbrand

Yale University Medical Center
New Haven, CT

William Hellenbrand, MD, attended medical school at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center. He than went to Yale university where he completed his internship and residency in pediatrics and fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology.  He served in the US army for 2 years as a pediatric cardiologist at Walter reed army medical center in Waashigton DC where he was chief of pediatric cardiology for his last year. Dr.Hellenbrand returned to Yale university and served on the faculty for 24 years as director of the cardiac catheterization  laboratory and director of clinical pediatric cardiology. He than joined the faculty at the children's hospital of new york at columbia university as director of the catheterization laboratory for congenital heart disease and for the past 2 years has been the director of Pediatric Cardiology.

 Dr. Hellenbrand  has been one of the earliest pioneers in the field of interventional cardiology for congenital heart disease involved with the earliest balloon angioplasties for both valve and vessel abnormalities. He was one of the first principal investigators in the world for nonsurgical closure of atrial septal defects and patent ductus arteriosus. He was the first to describe the use of Transesophageal echocardiography as an adjunct to transcatheter ASD closure. Currently he is a principal investigator for percutaneous  pulmonary valve implantation  with the melody valve as his principal area of investigation. In addition he has trained many of the interventional cardiologists for congenital heart disease around the world.

 Dr Hellenbrand has been a course director for the Pediatric Interventional Cardiac Symposium since its inception working together with Dr. Hijazi. This  annual course is one of the most important venues for educating cardiologists in the latest techniques and innovations in transcatheter therapy for congenital heart defects.