Larry A. Latson, MD - Pediatric Cardiology and Critical Care

Dr. Larry Latson reviews medical content for Healthwise, a nonprofit organization with a mission to help people make better health decisions. Dr. Latson is a pediatrician who is board-certified in both pediatric cardiology and pediatric critical care. He serves as Director of the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Diseases Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory for the Cleveland Clinic. His primary interests include pediatric cardiology, congenital heart disease, and pediatric interventional catheterization procedures.

Dr. Latson has been the recipient of the Best Doctors in America award from Woodward/White, Inc., in 1994 and 1996/97 and again by Good Housekeeping. He is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed papers related to pediatric and congenital heart disease.

Dr. Latson is actively involved in research and has published numerous articles, book chapters, and abstracts. He is the national principal investigator on the FDA trial, which has led to the approval of the Helex Septal Occluder as a transcatheter treatment of atrial septal defect. He is frequently invited to speak at international/national/regional meetings and panel discussions.

Board Certification

American Board of Pediatrics—1981
American Board of Pediatrics, Sub-Board of Pediatric Cardiology—1983
American Board of Pediatrics, Sub-Board of Pediatric Critical Care—1987, 1995, 2002

Healthwise Knowledgebase Topics Reviewed

Congenital Heart Defects


MD: Baylor College of Medicine, 1976
Internship in Pediatrics: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 1976–1977
Residency in Pediatrics: Baylor College of Medicine, 1977–1978
Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology: Baylor College of Medicine, 1978–1981

Academic Appointments

Director, Pediatric Congenital Heart Diseases Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Cleveland Clinic, 1994–present
Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, Ohio State University, 1995–present
Director of Pediatric Catheterization Laboratory, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 1993–present

Hospital Appointments

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Attending Staff
Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Consulting Staff
Fairview General Hospital, Consulting Staff
MetroHealth Medical Center, Consulting Staff
Meridia Hillcrest, Consulting Staff

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Pediatrics
American College of Cardiology, Fellow
American Heart Association
International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
Midwest Pediatric Cardiology Society
Midwest Society for Pediatric Research
Society of Pediatric Echocardiology
Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions

Selected Publications

  1. Latson LA (1998). The CardioSEAL device: History, techniques, results. Journal of Interventional Cardiology, 11: 501–505.
  2. Latson LA (1997). Atrial septal defect. In JH Moller, JIE Hoffman, eds., Pediatric Cardiovascular Medicine. New York: Churchill Livingstone.
  3. Latson LA (1998). Structural disease chapter of Coarctation of the aorta. In RL Collins-Nakia, ed., PAACCSAP CD-ROM Program, chap. 5, section 4. Bethesda, MD: American College of Cardiology.

Financial Disclosure

Grant support received from the following:

  • NMT Medical
  • W.L. Gore and Associates, Inc.
  • AGA Medical Corporation
  • Boston Scientific, Inc.
  • NuMed, Inc.

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