Children's Hospital Los Angeles expands heart institute team

Children's Hospital Los Angeles has added three cardiologists and a cardiothoracic surgeon to its Heart Institute faculty, the hospital said Sept. 8. 

The four additions are: 

  • Darren Berman, MD, will serve as director of congenital interventional catheterization. In this role, Dr. Berman will oversee the hospital's cardiac cath lab and lead program expansion efforts. He joins CHLA from the Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where he was the co-director of cardiac catheterization and interventional therapy. Dr. Berman specializes in percutaneous valve replacement procedures.


  • Shuo Wang, MD, has been named to the hospital's fetal cardiology program. Dr. Wang, who is also a member of the hospital's echocardiography lab, is an expert in strain and 3D echocardiography, contrast cardiography, prenatal detection of congenital heart disease, and improvement in fetal congenital heart disease outcomes.


  • Molly Weisert, MD, joined CHLA as a pediatric cardiologist in the heart failure and transplant program. Dr. Weisert has advanced training in heart failure, ventricular assist device technology and cardiac transplantation. Her research interests include failed single ventricle physiology and improved monitoring of such patients, as well as the graft-recipient relationship among pediatric heart transplant patients.


  • Luke Wiggins, MD, joined as a cardiothoracic surgeon, specializing in all aspects of neonatal cardiac surgery. Dr. Wiggins' research and clinical interest is in pediatric valvular heart disease. He completed pediatric cardiothoracic surgery training at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

The Heart Institute at Children's Hospital Los Angeles ranks number three on U.S. News & World Report's 2020-21 Best Children's Hospitals for Cardiology and Heart Surgery.

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