More Advanced Procedures Available for Congenital Heart Patients

Children and adults in southern Arizona once again are able to receive minimally-invasive pulmonary valve replacements in Tucson as an alternative to open-heart surgery, thanks to addition of a new surgeon to the team.
With the arrival of Mary-Jane Barth, MD, a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon, Michael Seckeler, MD, MSc, assistant professor of pediatrics and pediatric cardiologist, has resumed minimally invasive valve placements in adult and pediatric patients with congenital heart disease. Implanted via a cardiac catheterization procedure, the valve improves function of pulmonary artery conduits that are implanted in children with congenital heart disease between the right heart pumping chamber and the lungs that may become narrowed or leaky over time. Banner University Medical Center – Tucson is the only hospital performing this procedure in Southern Arizona.
Dr. Barth joined the UA College of Medicine –Tucson Department of Surgery from Oklahoma State University and University of Oklahoma where she was site director of the Pediatric Residency Program/Pediatric Cardiac Surgery. She is board certified in thoracic surgery and congenital heart surgery.