- Cannulation Strategy in Pediatric ECMO
Dr. Grace van Leeuwen
Brazilian Pediatric Cardiologist and Cardiac Intensivist. She is assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar. She has more than 10 years of experience in Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care, currently serving as a Senior Attending at Sidra Medicine’s Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit in Qatar, where she is a member of the ethics committee and responsible for the Neonatal and Pediatric ECMO transport program.
Dr van Leeuwen is a Co- Chair of the Congenital Heart Academy and Co-chair of Marketing and Communication Committee of the 8th World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery 2023.
She is part of the editorial board of the ELSO education and the Congenital Heart Disease Journal, and is part of the ECMO working group for COVID19 at ELSO.
She has published several papers and book chapters on her field, including the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO): 2020 Pediatric Respiratory ECMO Guideline.
She has led the development of the Cardiac and ECMO programs at Sabará Children’s Hospital, her former place of work, in Brazil, being the only ECMO center in the country to have the ELSO award of excellence.
Her clinical and research interests include Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care and ECMO, with special focus on education.
Dr van Leeuwen has been doing cardiac mission trips and other volunteer work for many years. She loves water sports, currently practicing dragon boat and wakesurf.