Pediatric cardiologists are pediatricians who specialize in cardiology. Heart disorders and disease can lead to death if undetected.
Helen Brooke Taussig (May 24, 1898 – May 20, 1986) was an American cardiologist who founded the field of pediatric cardiology. During her medical career in 1930, she was appointed as chief of the cardiac clinic by Edwards A. Park at the pediatric clinic at Johns Hopkins, the Harriet Lane Home. He encouraged Helen Taussig to learn to use a fluoroscope so that she might learn more about congenital malformations of the heart.
Yet, in the fields early days, it became clear that it was difficult for children to survive the surgeries.
In the late 1940s, Helen Taussig began training pediatricians in the new subspecialty of pediatric cardiology. The National Institutes of Health provided financial support for fellows who sought training in pediatric cardiology. In a remarkably short time, nearly every medical school had a pediatric cardiologist as part of their faculty. Pediatric cardiology quickly gained respect and the availability of pediatricians increased.
It is thought that in the future, cardiology will remain just as important and respected and will see many advances in the upcoming years.