MAYWOOD, IL – Wayne H. Franklin, MD, MPH, MMM, a specialist in heart disease in children, has joined Loyola Medicine as head of pediatric cardiology.
Dr. Franklin, a professor in the department of pediatrics and in the division of cardiology of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, treats all types of heart disease in children. He has advanced training in electrophysiology, the treatment of abnormal heart rhythms including palpitations, fainting and heartbeats that are too fast or too slow.
Congenital heart defects are the most common category of birth defects, affecting about one percent of newborns. Common defects include holes in the heart and misplaced, malformed and/or missing valves, vessels and heart chambers. Heart disease also can develop during childhood from causes such as viral infections or from complications of other conditions such as lupus.
Due to advancements in surgical techniques and medical care, even children with very complex forms of congenital heart disease typically now survive well into adulthood, with improved quality of life. There now are more adults with congenital heart disease than children, and Dr. Franklin continues to treat pediatric patients after they become adults.
Dr. Franklin enjoys treating children and working with their parents. “Children are incredibly resilient. It’s wonderful to see how quickly they come back,” he said. “And their parents are terrific.”
Dr. Franklin has had a distinguished career in academic medicine. Before joining Loyola, Dr. Franklin had positions at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Nemours Cardiac Center at duPont Hospital for Children and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Franklin, of Oak Park, earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He did additional training in electrophysiology at Ohio State University and Lurie Children’s Hospital. Dr. Franklin also has earned two master’s degrees, in public health and medical management.
In addition to treating patients at Loyola University Medical Center and Center for Heart and Vascular Medicine, Dr. Franklin sees patients at the Loyola Outpatient Center in Maywood and the Loyola centers for health in Homer Glen and Park Ridge.