Marie M. Gleason, MD, is associate chief of the Division of Cardiology and director of Outpatient and Community Cardiology for the Division of Cardiology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She is clinical professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
The Cardiac Center at CHOP handles one of the largest volumes of outpatient cardiac care in the nation, with more than 25,000 patient visits annually. Dr. Gleason oversees outpatient operations at the Main Campus in Philadelphia and satellite locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She also oversees a team that is on call around the clock for a network of community hospitals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. These pediatric cardiologists visit the hospitals whenever needed to evaluate suspected cardiac problems in newborns, infants, children and teenagers.
In addition to leading outpatient and community care, Dr. Gleason is one of the attending cardiologists at the Main Hospital in Philadelphia, specializing in echocardiography. She is also a fetal cardiologist, evaluating echocardiograms (ultrasound of the fetal heart) at the Main Hospital and at special screening sessions at community hospitals in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Gleason has lectured around the region and the country on such topics as the basics of echocardiography, cardiac effects of rheumatic fever and Kawasaki disease, and conotruncal heart defects. General pediatricians often seek advice on evaluating palpitations, chest pain and fainting, asking when it is appropriate to refer care to a pediatric cardiologist — Dr. Gleason lectures frequently on these important topics.
Dr. Gleason has published numerous articles in such journals as Circulation, American Journal of Cardiology, American Heart Journal, The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and Congenital Heart Disease. She has authored numerous chapters for textbooks for medical students and practicing physicians, and is co-editor of the upcoming textbook Pediatric Practice: Cardiology, a reference for general pediatricians and others as they manage heart problems.
Dr. Gleason is one of the investigators on a nationwide study of the effectiveness of two types of medication for Marfan syndrome. The study is funded by the National Institutes of Health.
D. Gleason graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology from St. John’s University, Queens, N.Y. She received her medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine and was elected a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society. She completed all of her training at CHOP, including an internship and residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric cardiology.