Benjamin B. Peeler, MD, FACS
Benjamin B. Peeler, MD, FACS

Chief, Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery
benjamin.peeler@carolinashealthcare.org

Medical School: Vanderbilt University

Residency: Vanderbilt University (General Surgery)

Fellowship: University of Virginia Health Sciences Center (Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Vascular Surgery), Emory University (Pediatric Cardiac Surgery)

Board Certified: Thoracic Surgery, Congenital Heart Surgery Clinical Interests: Complex neonatal repair; treatment of single ventricle defects, simple and complex atrioventricular canal; aortic valve repair and replacement, including mitral valve repair; arterial switch operation for transposition of the great arteries; ventricular septal defect; atrial septal defect; aortic coarctation; aortic arch reconstruction; Ebsteins anomaly in children and adults; heart transplantation

J. Rene Herlong, MD
J. Rene Herlong, MD

Medical Director of Pediatric Cardiology
rene.herlong@carolinashealthcare.org

Medical School: Duke University

Residency: Baylor College of Medicine (Pediatrics)

Fellowship: Duke University Medical Center (Pediatric Cardiology)

Board Certified: Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology

Clinical Interests: Noninvasive cardiac imaging; complex congenital heart disease; congenital coronary artery anomalies

Kshitij P. Mistry, MD, MS
Kshitij P. Mistry, MD, MS

Medical Director, Pediatric Cardiovascular ICU
kshitij.mistry@carolinashealthcare.org 

Medical School: Wake Forest University

Residency: Tufts-New England Medical Center (Pediatrics)

Fellowship: Boston Children's Hospital (Pediatric Critical Care Medicine)

Board Certified: Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care

Clinical Interests: Cardiac intensive care; quality improvement; clinical handovers of care; ECLS (extracorporeal life support); palliative care

A. Resai Bengur, MD, FACC
A. Resai Bengur, MD, FACC

Pediatric Cardiologist
resai.bengur@carolinashealthcare.org

Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina

Residency: UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital (Pediatrics)

Fellowship: University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital (Pediatric Cardiology)

Board Certified: Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology

Clinical Interests: Congenital cardiac defects; heart murmurs; echocardiography

Andrew S. Bensky MD, FACC
Andrew S. Bensky MD, FACC

Pediatric Cardiologist
andrew.bensky@carolinashealthcare.org

Medical School: State University of New York (SUNY) Health Science Center

Residency: SUNY Health Science Center (Pediatrics)

Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (Pediatric Cardiology)

Board Certified: Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology

Clinical Interests: Fetal echocardiography; adult echocardiography; 3-D echocardiography; transesophageal echocardiography

Amanda L. Cook, MD
Amanda L. Cook, MD

Pediatric Cardiologist
amanda.cook@carolinashealthcare.org

Medical School: Wake Forest University

Residency: Wake Forest University (Pediatrics)

Fellowship: Duke University Medical Center (Pediatric Cardiology)

Board Certified: Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology

Clinical Interests: Congenital heart defects; pediatric echocardiography; fetal echocardiography

David M. Drossner, MD
David M. Drossner, MD

Pediatric Cardiologist
david.drossner@carolinashealthcare.org

Medical School: Florida State University College of Medicine

Residency: Emory University School of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals Program(Pediatric Cardiology)

Fellowship: Sibley Heart Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Emory University School of Medicine (Pediatric Cardiology)

Board Certified: Pediatrics; Pediatric Cardiology

Clinical Interests: Pediatric cardiology; fetal echocardiography; pulmonary vein stenosis; pediatric chest pain management; neurodevelopmental outcomes

K. Anitha Jayakumar, MD, MBBS, MRCP (U.K.)
K. Anitha Jayakumar, MD, MBBS, MRCP (U.K.)

Medical Director, Fetal Cardiology
anitha.jayakumar@carolinashealthcare.org

Medical School: University of Madras, India

Residency: University of Connecticut (Pediatrics), Royal College of Physicians, London, UK

Fellowship: Columbia University (Pediatric Cardiology), Boston Children's Hospital

Board Certified: Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology

Clinical Interests: Pediatric and fetal cardiology; adult congenital heart disease; clinical research; double-outlet right ventricle; ventricular septal defect; cardiac catheterization

Thomas S. Maxey, MD
Thomas S. Maxey, MD

Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeon
thomas.maxey@carolinashealthcare.org

Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School

Residency: University of South Florida (General Surgery)

Fellowship: Emory University (Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery), Emory University (Pediatric Cardiac Surgery)

Board Certified: Surgery, Thoracic Surgery

Clinical Interests: Pediatric cardiac surgery; adult congenital heart surgery; heart transplantation

Joseph A. Paolillo Jr., MD
Joseph A. Paolillo Jr., MD

Medical Director, Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization
joseph.paolillo@carolinashealthcare.org

Medical School: University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Residency: St. Christopher's Hospital for Children (Pediatrics)

Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (Pediatric Cardiology), Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Interventional Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization)

Board Certified: Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology

Clinical Interests: Diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization; new transcatheter therapies for congenital heart defects

Donald A. Riopel, MD, FACC
Donald A. Riopel, MD, FACC

Pediatric Cardiologist
donald.riopel@carolinashealthcare.org

Medical School: University of Florida

Residency: Columbus Children's Hospital (Pediatrics)

Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine (Pediatric Cardiology)

Board Certified: Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology

Clinical Interests: Congenital heart defects; pediatric cardiology; preventive cardiology; adult congenital heart disease

Nicholas B. Sliz, MD, FACC
Nicholas B. Sliz, MD, FACC

Pediatric Cardiologist
nicholas.sliz@carolinashealthcare.org

Medical School: University of North Carolina

Residency: Carolinas Medical Center (Pediatrics)

Fellowship: Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Pediatric Cardiology)

Board Certified: Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology

Clinical Interests: Congenital heart defects; echocardiography; preventive cardiology; exercise physiology

Richard T. Smith, MD, FACC, FAAP
Richard T. Smith, MD, FACC, FAAP

Medical Director, Pediatric Cardiac Electrophysiology and Cardiac Pacing and Transplant
richard.smith@carolinashealthcare.org

Medical School: University of Florida

Residency: Medical University of South Carolina (Pediatrics)

Fellowship: Texas Children's Hospital (Cardiac Electrophysiology, Pacing, and Rhythm Management)

Board Certified: Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology

Clinical Interests: Catheter ablation; defibrillator implantation electrophysiology; interventional cardiology; pacemaker implantation; pediatric cardiology; heart transplantation