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His expertise in congenital heart defects began developing during his training at Upstate

Gerard Martin, MDUpstate graduate Gerard Martin, MD, left, is one of the nation's foremost authorities on congenital heart disease, the defects with which approximately one in 100 babies is born. Martin, a pediatric cardiologist at the Children's National Health System in Washington, D.C., developed his interest in pediatric cardiology during his training in Syracuse. Martin's research and advocacy has led to uniform screening of newborn babies to detect the presence of heart disease. He explains how various problems are corrected and tells how survival rates have greatly improved in recent years.