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Dr. Petros V. AnagnostopoulosAmerican Family Children's Hospital's Pediatric Heart Program recently welcomed Petros V. Anagnostopoulos, MD, as director of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery and associate professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.


Certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Anagnostopoulos completed two fellowships – one in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a second in pediatric cardiac surgery at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, where he was employed before coming to Madison.


"Petros has an outstanding track record with broad experiences and excellent outcomes," says J. Carter Ralphe, MD, chief of Pediatric Cardiology. "He also brings great leadership skills and a wonderful sense of rapport with families and fellow physicians. We are truly thrilled to have Petros join our team and look forward to introducing him to pediatricians across Wisconsin and beyond."


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Since beginning his practice in Madison in August, Dr. Anagnostopoulos has operated on children with a wide spectrum of cardiac conditions, including atrioventricular septal defects, neonatal coarctation of the aorta, and complex atrial septal defects with partial anomalous pulmonary veins.


"This is truly an amazing pediatric heart program working in a beautiful children's hospital facility," says Dr. Anagnostopoulos. "We are here to deliver outstanding diagnostic, interventional and surgical care and are committed to the very highest level of service, reliability and patient satisfaction."


One particular case demonstrated the potential importance of recognizing cyanosis in the newborn period and responding with initiation of prostaglandins. This little girl underwent routine screening with pulse oximetry in the nursery of her community hospital, where decreased blood oxygen saturation was identified. A thorough exam and echocardiogram transmitted to pediatric cardiologists at American Family Children's Hospital diagnosed critical coarctation of the aorta. After neonatal transport to Madison, Dr. Anagnostopoulos performed a coarctation repair with excellent results. The infant was discharged home four days later and is thriving.


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