The Division of Cardiology has a new faculty member. Dr. Eric Viertel Krieger, a former fellow at the University of Washington has returned to Seattle with his wife Jennifer and daughter Sadie. Eric is a specialist in the care of adults who were born with heart abnormalities (congenital heart disease) and joins Dr. Karen Stout, the Director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center.
Dr. Krieger attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, where he stayed for his internal medicine residency and completed a year as Chief Resident. He completed his general cardiology training at the University of Washington. Before joining the cardiology faculty, Dr. Krieger trained for two additional years in Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) and cardiac MRI at Children’s Hospital Boston and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School. There, he worked with mentors Dr. Michael Landzberg and Dr. Anne Marie Valente while researching coarctation of the aorta. (Aortic coarctation is the narrowing of the aorta causing the heart to work harder to pump blood).
As a clinician, Dr. Krieger focuses on teenagers and adults born with heart defects as well as pregnant women born with structural heart disease. He has a background in cardiac imaging, specializing in cardiac MRI and echocardiography. In order to help youth born with heart disease, Eric also practices at Seattle Children’s Hospital where he sees both adolescents and teenagers who have been referred by their pediatricians. To help with the challenging transition from childhood to adulthood, Dr. Krieger remains their doctor at both the pediatric and adult hospitals. Dr. Krieger reaches out to the wider Washington community as well by providing outreach of his practice north of Seattle. Each month he visits Peace Health in Bellingham to see congenital heart disease patients. In addition, he travels to Wenatchee about four times a year. The patients who participate in this extended program have complicated heart disease and need lifelong care from a congenital heart disease specialist. There are relatively few adult cardiologists trained to care for patients with congenital heart disease and it is part of the mission of the University of Washington to provide this specialty care to the broader community.
Ultimately, Eric hopes to channel his efforts into creating a greater support system by working with Dr. Stout to build the ACHD training program at UW. He plans to train future doctors in the program by starting a senior fellowship within the UW Division of Cardiology. He also hopes to spread the scope of the program by integrating it with various other services. In conjunction with working on future efforts, Eric will also continue to work with high risk obstetrics, heart failure and transplant research with Dr. April Stempien-Otero and electrophysiology with Dr. Steven Seslar.
We are fortunate to have Eric as the newest member in the Division of Cardiology.