Dr. Wernovsky joins The Heart Program at Miami Children’s Hospital as the Medical Director of Patient- and Family-Centered Care within the cardiac service line.
Prior to joining Miami Children’s, Dr. Wernovsky served as the Director of Program Development at the Cardiac Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Associate Chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology. He was also the Medical Director of the Neurocardiac Care Program, and the former Medical Director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.
Dr. Wernovsky received his medical training at Pennsylvania State University, and his pediatric training at New York Hospital. He completed additional training in pediatric cardiology and cardiac intensive care at Boston Children’s Hospital, and had a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School. In Philadelphia, he has been a professor of pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Wernovsky’s clinical interests include the ICU care of newborns with critical congenital heart disease, mechanical support of the failing circulation, and outpatient follow-up of complex congenital heart disease. For over 25 years, he has focused on the long-term functional outcomes following surgery for complex heart disease, particularly transposition of the great arteries, and forms of single ventricle defects such as hypoplastic left heart syndrome. He conducted the pilot study and was one of the study physicians for the Boston Circulatory Arrest Trial, was the principal investigator of the PRIMACORP study, an international multicenter randomized trial to improve cardiac output after heart surgery. He was also the Co-Chair of the Perioperative Working Group of the Pediatric Heart Network of The National Institutes of Health.
At Miami Children’s, Dr. Wernovsky will be leading new program development initiatives to assure comprehensive, holistic and lifelong care for children born with congenital heart disease, including neurodevelopmental care, healthy weight and exercise, standardized follow-up strategies and optimal transition to self-care as an adult with CHD. He is also working closely with the Office of Patient- and Family-Centered care for the Hospital, to develop a unique and innovative "alumni association" to provide support, education and advocacy for patients and their families in the Heart Program.