Donald J. Hagler, M.D.
Dr. Hagler primarily studies the use of echocardiography and interventional cardiac catheterization procedures in the management of complex congenital heart disease. His work taps into the long history of congenital cardiac surgical and medical teamwork at Mayo, which provides the background and basis for clinical research investigating the optimal management of complex congenital heart disease.
Significance to patient care
Dr. Hagler is involved in ongoing clinical projects, including a post-approval study of percutaneous catheter implantations of the "Meldody" prosthetic pulmonary valve. The use of Melody will reduce the need for surgical valve replacements.
His work on the Reduce trial for patent foramen ovale closure in stroke patients will investigate the benefits of preventing future embolizations.
In addition, Dr. Hagler is participating in a national collaborative study to assess the postoperative management of infants with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. The study will look at Comprehensive, Continuous Integrated Systems of Care model (CCIS) and impact registries that monitor cardiac catheterization complications and are designed to improve the quality of patient care.
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