New Medical Director at Miller Children’s is Long Beach Native Brandy Hattendorf, M.D
2013-05-03 · By Editor
Pediatric echocardiology expert, Brandy Hattendorf, M.D., FAAP, FACC, FASE, was named the medical director of non-invasive pediatric cardiology at the Pediatric Heart Center at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach.
Dr. Hattendorf is the first pediatric cardiologist with additional expertise in fetal diagnoses to join the Pediatric Heart Center team at Miller Children’s. A board-certified physician in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology, Dr. Hattendorf brings her specialty knowledge of non-invasive cardiac imaging, including transthoracic, transesophageal and fetal echocardiography, to diagnose and treat prenatal, infant, pediatric and young adult patients with congenital heart defects or acquired heart disease.
“Non-invasive imaging provides a safer option to detect heart conditions and allows for safer cardiac surgeries for patients at any age, particularly with fetal diagnosis,” says Brandy Hattendorf, M.D., medical director, non-invasive pediatric cardiology, Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. “Performing prenatal cardiac consultations improves our patient outcomes by allowing the care team adequate time to prepare for delivery and surgery, if necessary.”
In addition to diagnosis and treatment, Dr. Hattendorf will supervise quality to ensure that each patient is safe and receiving the care they need – extending her reach beyond the Pediatric Heart Center to inpatients with cardiac concerns in the pediatric intensive care unit.
Dr. Hattendorf is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP), American College of Cardiology (FACC) and American Society of Echocardiography (FASE). She holds national committee positions with the American Society of Echocardiography and the American College of Cardiology, where she contributes to the development of quality metrics in pediatric cardiology.
“I’m hoping to use my experience to ensure that our echocardiology lab is compliant with national standards and that our team is maintaining the necessary training and certification to meet those standards,” says Dr. Hattendorf. “My goal is to continue to grow the Pediatric Heart Center, expand the services we offer and have the capacity to care for more patients in our community.”
Prior to her new role as medical director, Dr. Hattendorf served as an attending physician at Seattle Children’s Hospital, an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington, School of Medicine and a staff cardiologist for Seattle Children’s Prenatal Diagnosis and Treatment Center. She also is the former director of the Regional Cardiology Inpatient Consultation Services for Seattle Children’s Heart Center and the director of Pediatric and Fetal Echocardiography for the Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center.
Dr. Hattendorf earned her medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine. She went on to complete a residency in pediatrics at University of Nevada School of Medicine and a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Riley Hospital for Children/Indiana University School of Medicine. During her cardiology fellowship, Dr. Hattendorf established a specialty focus in non-invasive imaging including transthoracic, transesophageal and fetal echocardiography.
A Long Beach native, Dr. Hattendorf was born at Long Beach Memorial and is a graduate of Long Beach Polytechnic High School. During her high school years, she volunteered at Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s as a candy striper.
“We have established Miller Children’s as a congenital cardiac center that provides comprehensive care to the patient, family and community,” says Shaun Setty, M.D., medical director, pediatric and adult congenital cardiac surgery, Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach and Long Beach Memorial. “The care team is an expert collaboration of cardiac surgery, cardiology, anesthesiology, perfusion, intensive care, nursing and ancillary staff working together as a team to heal a child’s heart. To continue improving this brand of comprehensive care, the Miller Children’s Heart Center team is proud to add Dr. Hattendorf.”
About the Pediatric Heart Center at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach:
The Pediatric Heart Center at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach provides total prenatal, infant, pediatric and young adult heart care for patients with congenital or acquired heart disease or who have a family history of heart problems. The Center offers treatment with a full continuum of care – from diagnosis to an outpatient setting. The pediatric cardiac care team diagnoses pediatric heart disease using non-invasive or minimally invasive tests and procedures and provides leading treatment plans for pediatric heart disease including minimally invasive cardiac catheterization. The Pediatric Heart Center is home to one of very few Pediatric & Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery programs in the region. The program focuses on the medical and surgical treatment of congenital defects from tiny newborns to adults – regardless of complexity. Visit MillerChildrens.org, like us on Facebook.com/MillerChildrensHospital and follow us at Twitter.com/MillerChildrens.