Gasul Club of Pediatric Cardiology


The Hektoen Institute collaborates with the Gasul Club to sponsor academic conferences in which pediatric cardiologists meet to discuss cases and present topics designed to advance the education, research, and medical practice.  In these informal meetings doctors working in this rapidly developing field discuss complicated cases encountered in their practices, seeking advice from their colleagues, and debating ideas in management and research. The meetings are held four times a year under the chairmanship of Dr. Maria Serratto, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Illinois and member of the board and executive committee of Hektoen.

Benjamin Gasul, MD was a prominent pediatrician in private practice in Chicago, affiliated with Cook County Hospital in the 1940s. During his career he developed a great interest in congenital heart disease and he is now recognized as one of the fathers of pediatric cardiology in the US. At Cook County Hospital, Dr. Gasul created an active center for congenital heart disease. He also organized a monthly meeting where doctors working in this rapidly developing field could discuss complicated cases encountered in their practices, seeking advice from their colleagues and debating ideas in management and research.

These meetings became to be known as the “Gasul Club.” Although the gatherings remained informal and unstructured, they became a main pillar of this young and dynamic specialty in Chicago. Originally the meetings were held on a monthly basis, hosted by the pediatric cardiology centers of the Chicago area. This activity flourished for many years, from its onset in the mid-fifties till the late nineties.
In the year 2005, which marked the fiftieth year of its establishment, the Gasul Club was revived thanks to the efforts of Dr. Maria Serratto under the auspices of the Hektoen Institute of Medicine.

The Gasul Club now meets four times a year continuing its proud tradition of teaching to young doctors the science and art of pediatric cardiology. They usually meet on Wednesday, from 6 to 8 pm.

UPCOMING MEETING - Thursday, May 14, 2015, 6:00 to 8:30 PM

*** Please note the April 16 meeting has been postponed till May 14.

Dan Gruenstein, MD, FAAP, FACC, Associate Professor Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology, University of Chicago Medicine, will present on “So many tools in the shed:  a discussion of percutaneous closure of PDA’s and other vessels.”  Location:  University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, 5721 S. Maryland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637.  Light supper starts at 6 PM.  Presentation starts at 6:45 PM. RSVP to Laurie Dispensa at Complimentary.


  • The meeting held at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago 225 East Chicago Avenue, Box 21, Chicago, IL 60611-2991 Room 22-115. Bradley S. Marino, MD, MPP, MSCE Professor Pediatrics and Medical Social Sciences Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Co-Director, Research and Academic Affairs Divisions of Cardiology and Critical Care Medicine , will discuss the neurodevelopment in patients with complex CHD.
  • The new Cholesterol Guidelines by Alan Brown, MD, Chairman of Cardiology, Lutheran General Hospital . The meeting was held at Lutheran General Hospital campus – 1775 Dempster Street, Park Ridge, IL 60068 –  Rm Y2 109, Yacktman Children’s Pavillion. Date: Sept. 4th, 2014
  • Idiopathic Calcification of Infancy by Abraham Groner, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Chicago. Location: University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital – 5721 S. Maryland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637 – Room: 1st Floor, Conference Room K-160.Program: Dinner buffet starts at 6:00 PM. Presentation and case discussion immediately following. Bring case material on CD or Flash drive. Program and parking are complimentary. Valet parking is available in front of main entrance of Comer Children’s Hospital at 5721 S. Maryland. Or self parking at 59th street and Maryland Ave. (vouchers will be given at the program). RSVP to Trudy Phone: 773 795 4475 – Date: April 3rd, 2014, 6:00 to 8:30 PM.
  • Meeting hosted by Rush Center for Congenital and Structural Heart Disease.Chicago, IL Searle Conference Center, Game Room, 1725 West Harrison Street Chicago, IL. Program of the evening: Dinner starts at 6:00 PM – Case discussion immediately following dinner Bring case material on CD or Flash drive RSVP to Michaeleen Wallig – – Tel: 312-942-8941 Parking lot is 1625 West Harrison Street. Enter the Professional Building from the 4th floor of the parking lot and take elevator II to the Searle Conference Center and proceed to Game Room.). Date: January 16, 2014.
  • Three-Dimensional Echocardiography Presented by David A. Roberson, MD, FASE, FACC, Chief of Pediatric Cardiology and Director of Pediatric Echocardiography – Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Chicago Medical School – Heart Institute for Children, Advocate Children’s Hospital; Case discussion immediately following presentation.
    Bring case material on CD or Flash drive Dinner starts at 6 PM – Complimentary admission, presentation immediately following.
    Location: Advocate Christ Medical Center, Children’s Hospital – 4440 West 95th Street, Oak Lawn, IL Conference Center – Ground Floor – Room 0636 Mesleh. Date: October 3rd, 2013
  • What I Learned at the 23rd International Symposium on Congenital Heart Disease in the Adult. Presented by Joel T. Hardin MD, FAAP, FACC, FAHA, Director, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Loyola University Medical. Center, Maywood IL; Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. Location: Loyola University Medical Center, Stritch School of Medicine, 2160 S. First Ave, Maywood, IL, 1st Floor – Conference Room 150 RSVP: Alessandra Shervino – Tel: 708-327-9102 – Email: – Date: June 27, 2013.
  • Presentation by John M. Costello, MD, MPH Medical Director of the Regenstein Cardiac Care Unit and Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago – Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Presentation and case discussion immediately following dinner. Location: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, 225 E. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 22nd Floor. Room 22-115 – Date: Jan. 24, 2013.
  • Presentation by Norman Silverman, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA. Location: Advocate Lutheran General Children’s Hospital, Park Ridge, IL. Date: Sept. 20, 2012.
  • Case discussions and peds gossip only.  Hosted by Andrew Griffin, MD and Michel Ilbawi, MD from the Heart Institute for Children.  Location: Advocate Illinois Masonic, 836 W. Wellington, Chicago, IL.  Date: May 15, 2012.
  • Applying MRI/A in Fontans by Keren Hasbani, MD, Pediatric Cardiology, Cardiac MRI and Fetal Echocardiography. Location:Advocate Lutheran General Children’s Hospital, 1775 Dempster Street, Park Ridge, IL. In Sasser Conference Room located on the 10th floor, adjacent to the cafeteria. Date: February 16, 2012, 6 to 8:30 PM
  • Pulmonary hypertension by Wayne Franklin, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Medical Director Adult CHD Center, Baylor Heart Center, Houston. Location: Rush University, 1725 W. Harrison Street, Chicago. Searle Conference Center 5th floor (Elevator II), Billings/Herrick Conference Room in the professional building. Date: September 1st, 2011.
  • Interventional recanalization of arterial and venous vascular occlusions by Matthias Peuster, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics Medicine, Section Chief, Pediatric Cardiology, University of Chicago Medical Center, Comer Children’s Hospital. Location: Comer Children’s Hospital, University of Chicago, 5721 S. Maryland Ave. Date: January 19, 2011.
  • A case of heart of left ventricle non-compaction cardiomyopathy by Saroja Bharati, MD, Director of the Heart Institute for Children, Chicago. Location: UIC Clinical Science Building,Chicago, IL. Date: October 20, 2010.
  • Basics of cardiac MRI/MRA for the pediatric cardiologist by Keren Hasbani, MD, Attending Pediatric Cardiologist, Advocate Lutheran General Children’s Hospital. Moderated by Ira Dubrow, MD, Board Member of the Gasul Club.      Location: Lutheran General Children’s Hospital, Chicago, IL. Date: April 28, 2010.
  • Healing the Healer by Charles Kleinman, M.D., Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Columbia University, New York, New York.  Sponsored by Rush Center For Congenital And Structural Heart Disease and the PICS Foundation. Date: October 6, 2009.
  • Cardiopulmonary Interactions for the Cardiologist by Dr. Michael Tsifansky, Pediatric Cardiac Intensivist, Lutheran General Children’s Hospital/Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.  Program moderated by
    Peter Koenig, MD, FASE Fellowship Director, Pediatric Cardiologist,  Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Location: Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL. Date: July 15, 2009.
  • Exchange program in Pediatric Cardiology
    Between 2003 and 2009 Hektoen Institute has conducted an exchange program with Bulgaria, in which physicians from that country expanded their knowledge by spending a period of time studying in the United States. The first beneficiaries of this program were two physicians who updated their knowledge by attending the 2006 Specialty Review Course in Pediatric Cardiology.
  • Specialty Review in Pediatric Cardiology Course.
    This Board Review Course in Pediatric Cardiology is attended by participants from the U.S. and abroad. It was first organized in 1976 by Dr. Maria Serratto under the auspices of the Cook County Graduate School of Medicine of Chicago. In the 70’s Pediatric Cardiology started to rapidly expand with new techniques and widening surgical indications. At the time candidates for the board examination had to rely on repeated and prolonged visits to the medical library to update their knowledge of the subject matter and refresh the experience gained during their training. What was clearly needed was a preparatory curriculum covering all aspects of the specialty, taught by a distinguished faculty. The “Specialty Review in Pediatric Cardiology” course filled that void.
    That year, and for several courses to follow, the program was two days in length attended by approximately 30 participants. The course eventually expanded to its current length of four days with about 100 attendees. Over the years the course became recognized as the premier venue for this rapidly growing specialty. An indicator of its efficacy is that a number of past and current pediatric cardiology departments heads are course alumni.
    The course is now sponsored by the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. The 2006, 2007, and 2008 courses were held in cooperation with, and under the auspices of the Hektoen Institute.