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Markham appointed section director of pediatric cardiology


Larry Markham, MD, MSCR, a dual-trained cardiologist in internal medicine and pediatrics, has been appointed section director of pediatric cardiology at Indiana University School of Medicine and co-director of the pediatric cardiovascular service line at Riley Children’s at Indiana University Health, including, Riley Hospital for Children.

Dr. Markham brings specific expertise in pediatric and adult congenital clinical cardiology, including complex care delivery and transition of care.

Since 2007, Dr. Markham has served as associate professor of pediatrics and medicine with appointments to both the division of pediatric cardiology and the division of adult cardiovascular medicine at Vanderbilt University and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Markham holds several leadership roles at Vanderbilt, including director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) program, director of the Neuromuscular Cardiology clinic, ACHD fellowship program director and co-director of the Vanderbilt Center for Inherited Heart Disease, where he helped develop the administrative infrastructure and advancement of the clinical care component within the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute.

“Dr. Markham is an established leader in the development of innovative clinical programs to support children with congenital heart disease as they mature into adolescents and young adults,” said D. Wade Clapp, MD, chair of the Department of Pediatrics at IU School of Medicine and physician in chief at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. “He is an outstanding clinical investigator in inherited cardiac conditions and a national leader in developing strong training programs. We’re excited he will have appointments in both pediatrics and internal medicine to maximize the coordination of care for these patients as they mature.”

Dr. Markham’s clinical research has focused on congenital heart conditions and inherited conditions with a cardiovascular phenotype, which helped to set the standard of cardiac care for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In 2007, Dr. Markham created and directed the interdisciplinary clinical care and research program at Vanderbilt, which is a collaborative effort between basic science, heart failure, neurology, pulmonology, genetics and palliative care. He served as site PI for the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-funded trial on Marfan syndrome.

“The Riley Heart Center team and the section of pediatric cardiology are deeply invested in providing exceptional cardiovascular care for Indiana, while investigators in the Herman B Wells Center at IU School of Medicine programs of cardiovascular genetics and cardiac developmental biology offer unique translational collaborations not available to most sections of pediatric cardiology around the country,” Dr. Markham said. “The chance to participate in such advances within such a fantastic department is the opportunity of a lifetime.”

Dr. Markham’s appointment will begin in February, 2018. He assumes the role held by Randall Caldwell, MD, section director of pediatric cardiology since 2004. Dr. Caldwell will continue to serve on the faculty as a full-time member of the section of pediatric cardiology.

“We thank Dr. Caldwell for his many years of service and look forward to continued growth of the program by Dr. Markham,” Dr. Clapp said.