It’s called the Kansas Kids Heart Center, but one will likely find not only kids but also older adults waiting to see center founder and pediatric cardiologist Mohamad Al-Ahdab, MD, FAAP, CCDS, who goes by Dr. Mo.
Mohamad Al-Ahdab, MD, FAAP, CCDS, founded Kansas Kids Heart Center in Wichita in 2010.
That’s because Dr. Mo specializes in caring for patients with congenital heart issues. With improved treatments, many patients with congenital heart conditions are living well into adulthood, requiring someone who understands the specialty of their conditions.
Dr. Mo completed his pediatric residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He then completed fellowships in pediatric cardiology, electrophysiology and cardiac intensive care at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Chicago, the University of Michigan and Boston Children’s Hospital, which is affiliated with Harvard Medical School and considered the No. 1 pediatric hospital by U.S. News & World Report.
He established a practice in Wichita in 2006, and then founded the Kansas Kids Heart Center in 2010. This year, he is starting monthly outreach clinics in Great Bend, Liberal, Parsons and Winfield in Kansas and is recruiting a second pediatric cardiologist with another specialty.
“For many of my patients, coming to Wichita is a five-hour drive or more,” he says. After analyzing patient data, he and his staff determined in which communities in each of the four quadrants of the state to locate the satellite clinics. The first such clinic started in Great Bend in March. In April, the Liberal site will be onboarded, with Parsons and Winfield sites being added in May and June, respectively.
Dr. Mo says he makes it a priority to see new patients within two weeks of referral or contacting his office and within days if it’s a child younger than 1. That’s why he has what he calls a fluid schedule, keeping office hours on weekends, if necessary. The recent outreach clinic, for example, took place over a weekend.
“I put myself in the parents’ shoes,” the father of four says. “If they’ve taken their child to a pediatrician or a family physician who indicates their child may have a possible cardiac condition, they don’t want to wait to find out.”
Same-day imaging and full work-up happens on-site with patients and, by the end of the day, a treatment plan if necessary is developed for each new patient. A delay in diagnosing and beginning treatment can impact patient outcomes and even be a matter of life or death.
An EKG being performed by staff at KKHC
In addition to establishing outreach clinics, Dr. Mo is also planning to expand the center’s services. Currently, clinical consultation is provided in regards to congenital heart disease and defects, cardiac arrhythmias, and chest pain, noninvasive diagnostic services, and a variety of diagnostic procedures and treatments. With the addition of a second, specialized cardiologist the center will be able to expand the conditions it treats.
The center also now has syncope, adult congenital and fetal heart clinic days. For patients requiring surgical or other interventional treatment, he refers them to specialists all over the country.
“The advantage I have with not being affiliated with a particular hospital is that I can send patients to the best hospitals to care for their specific condition to provide the best possible outcomes,” he says. Advances in telemedicine and cloud technology over the past 10 years allows for better collaboration with those surgeons.
Please visit kansaskidsheartcenter.com to find out more about the Kansas Kids Heart Center. For referrals, call 316-440-8800. The center accepts all forms of insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid.