r. Kristine J. Guleserian, director of the Congenital Heart Surgery Program at Medical City Children’s Hospital, is the first woman to lead a congenital heart program. She is board-certified in general surgery, thoracic surgery and congenital heart surgery. Originally from Boston, she earned her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine after graduating from Harvard College with a degree in the classics. After her residency and fellowships, she served as a surgeon and director at the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
in Miami and at Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She is a founding member of the World Society of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery
and serves as a member of numerous national and international professional societies and committees. She has two miniature schnauzers, Gigi and Gus.