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Fetal Echocardiography Program Grows with Addition of Dr. Jeffrey Dayton at the Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Childrens Health

New York (Jun 15, 2011)

Jeffrey Dayton, M.D.
Jeffrey Dayton, M.D.

Dr. Jeffrey Dayton, who has particular expertise in pediatric and fetal echocardiography, has joined the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at NewYork-Presbyterian Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Childrens Health. Dr. Dayton, who is board certified in both general pediatrics and pediatric cardiology, is an assistant attending pediatrician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College. He joins the Divisions team of nine pediatric cardiologists.

Dr. Dayton comes to the Division following completion of fellowship training in the combined pediatric cardiology program of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell and NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia. "The collaboration among the attending physicians, nurses, technicians and other staff members, as well as with other subspecialists in the Komansky Center, was a big draw for me," he says. "Everyone here works so well together in coordinating the care of infants and children with complex medical problems".

Dr. Dayton's background and experience in echocardiography, and specifically fetal echocardiography, has expanded the Division's capabilities in this area. "One of the more recent advances in pediatric cardiology is improved diagnosis prenatally," notes Dr. Dayton. "In the past, a diagnosis of heart disease was often made following birth. With newer technology and refinements in echocardiography and ultrasound, we can now diagnose many problems beforehand. This enables us to plan strategies that will maximize outcomes and prepare parents for what to expect."

According to Dr. Dayton, the earliest that a diagnosis of heart disease is made is around 20 weeks of gestation. "It's usually around the time when a mother is undergoing one of her first full ultrasounds while pregnant," says Dr. Dayton. "If the obstetrician has any concerns, they will refer the family to us and we will work together with the obstetrical team to determine whether a heart problem is present and what needs to be done about it."

"One of the nice things about working at the Komanksy Center," says Dr. Dayton, "is that all the necessary resources are located close by. The obstetrical team that follows mothers prenatally is upstairs from our offices. And just down the hallway is the neonatal intensive care team. So within a few steps of each other, we're able to coordinate care among multiple disciplines to help provide the best outcomes for our patients."

Dr. Dayton also points to being able to provide parents with the time they need to discuss their child's condition and achieve a full understanding of the diagnosis as an important factor of care. "Helping parents feel comfortable with the information that they receive, giving them enough time to have their questions answered while in the office, and to make sure they know that we are available for answering questions after they leave our office is an important part of what we do," continues Dr. Dayton. "It's a very family-centered environment."

A Broad Range of Expertise

Dr. Dayton's areas of expertise include:

  • Pediatric Echocardiography
  • Fetal Echocardiography
  • Congenital Heart Disease, Pediatric
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Heart Murmur
  • Chest Pain in Children and Adolescents
  • Cardiac Arrhythmia
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Pediatric ECG
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Transesophageal Echocardiography
  • Long QT Syndrome
  • Kawasaki Disease
  • Marfans Syndrome
  • Ventricular Septal Defect
  • Atrial Septal Defect
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Transposition of the Great Arteries
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
  • Atrioventricular Canal Defect
  • Pulmonary Stenosis
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • Coarctation of the Aorta
  • Cardiac Complications of Cancer and Cancer Therapy

Dr. Dayton earned his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and completed his residency in pediatrics at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.

To Schedule an Appointment

For more information on the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at the Komansky Center for Children's Health or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dayton, call (212) 746-3561.

Please visit the Komansky Center's fetal echocardiography web page to learn more.

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