Ronald Ligon, MD

Ligon Ronald
Specialties
Pediatric Cardiology, Adult Congenital Heart Disease
Primary Office
Address 1150 N 35th Avenue
Suite 490
Hollywood, FL 33021
Alternate Location
Address 1005 Joe DiMaggio Drive
Pediatric Heart Station
Hollywood, FL 33021
Phone: 954-265-3437

About Me

I am a pediatric and congenital interventional cardiologist at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital.

In the cath lab we care for patients with a wide range of needs and disease processes, tackling everything from diagnostic evaluations to interventional procedures. Some of our aims include treating congenital heart defects (for example, by using ASD or PDA closure devices), gathering specific information to guide a patient's future cardiac surgery, and/or allowing for delay of surgery (for example, with a transcatheter pulmonary valve placement).

Caring for the pediatric and adult congenital heart disease community feels like a calling to me. It is an absolute honor to play a role in the care of these patients, respecting that each patient is unique and necessitates an individualized care pathway. I remain humbled by my patients' strength and tenacity, as well as fascinated and excited by the rapid expansion of knowledge in our field.

I understand that the cath lab can be an unsettling place for our patients and their families, and I want to help put them at ease. Whether they need a joke for a laugh, a hand to hold until they fall asleep in the lab, or a shoulder to cry on – I'm here.

When I'm not in the hospital or cath lab, I can often be found outdoors. I'm an avid Class V whitewater kayaker and enjoy snow skiing, mountain biking, hiking, traveling, and playing recreational sports like soccer and basketball. I even completed a Fellowship of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. My black Labrador named Coal Train usually tags along on my outdoor adventures, as well as my son, the newest addition to my family. Above all, I take great pleasure in enjoying the humorous side of life and spending time with my wife, family and close friends.

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Education

Education
  • Mercer University School Of Medicine, 2012
Residencies
  • Carolinas Medical Center, 2015, Pediatrics
Fellowships
  • Egleston Children's Hospital At Emory University, 2018, Pediatric Cardiology

Hospital Affiliation

Achievements

Publications

Please view Dr. R Allen Ligon’s publications on PubMed.

Awards

  • Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society
  • 50th Southeast Pediatric Cardiovascular Society Conference award for “Best Research Oral Abstract Presentation of 2018”
  • American College of Cardiology (ACC) – Fellow in Training (FIT) Section Leadership Council Travel Award and Research Scholarship for the 2017 66th Annual Scientific Session National Meeting
  • Carolinas HealthCare System’s Resident Research Reception, the Annual Center for Faculty Excellence Meeting – 2014 Award for Most Impactful Work
  • North Carolina Pediatric Society, 2013 Annual Meeting – First Place for Quality Improvement and Advocacy Poster from the Competition Committee, “Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease via Pulse Oximetry”
  • The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award for the Class of 2012
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society – elected member in 2010, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation
  • The Dean William Tate Honor Society, University of Georgia, labeled as “the most prestigious honor a freshman may receive at the University of Georgia” – granted in May 2005
  • Watson-Brown Scholarship from the Watson-Brown Foundation

Professional Organizations

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP)
  • Arnold P. Gold Foundation: Gold Humanism Honor Society
  • Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM) by The Wilderness Medical Society
  • American College of Cardiology, Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC)
  • American Heart Association, Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young
  • Fellow of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (FSCAI), Fellow-in-Training Member (FIT)

Research

My research focuses on studying clinical outcomes and answering clinical questions that arise within the hospital and the cath lab. I'm specifically interested in the field of pediatric interventional cardiology and outcomes related to cardiac catheterization procedures.

I have been fortunate to participate in multi-institutional studies and have performed investigations with the Congenital Catheterization Research Collaborative, which aims to determine best practices for pediatric cardiology. Additionally, I study innovative technologies for interventional pediatric cardiac catheterization by involvement in device trials and working to research/develop new procedural techniques that advance the field forward.

Presentations

Oral Research Abstract Presentations

  • 50th Southeast Pediatric Cardiovascular Society Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, September 2018. Winner of the conference award for “Best Oral Presentation of 2018”. Ligon, R.A.*, Petit, C.J., Kelleman, M.S., Chanani, N.K., Vincent, R.N., Kim, D.W. An Institutional Update on the Systematic Implementation of Ductal Stenting for Pulmonary Blood Flow in Ductal-Dependent Cyanotic Congenital Heart Disease.
  • Pediatric and Adult Interventional Cardiac Symposium (PICS-AICS), January 2017. Ligon, R.A.*, Ooi, Y.K., Bauser-Heaton, H.D., Vincent, R.N., Kim, D.W., Petit, C.J. Medium Term Follow-up of Pediatric Transcatheter Carotid Artery Access.
  • Pediatric and Adult Interventional Cardiac Symposium (PICS-AICS), January 2017. Athar M. Qureshi1*, Bryan H. Goldstein2, Andrew C. Glatz3, Hitesh Agrawal1, Varun Aggarwal1, R. Allen Ligon4, Courtney McCracken4, Alicia McDonnell3, Timothy M. Buckey3, Wendy Whiteside2, Christina M. Metcalf2, Christopher J. Petit4. Classification scheme for ductal morphology in cyanotic patients with ductal dependent pulmonary blood flow and influence on outcomes of patent ductus arteriosus stenting.
    1The Lillie Frank Abercrombie Section of Cardiology, Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA, 2The Heart Institute, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA, 3The Cardiac Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA, 4Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA
  •  American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2017 Annual Scientific Session and Expo – Session 908 Highlighted Original Research: Congenital Heart Disease and the Year in Review. Ligon, R.A.*, Petit, C.J., Kelleman, M.S., Chanani, N.K., Vincent, R.N., Kim, D.W. Transcatheter Ductal Stenting Versus Surgical Systemic-to-Pulmonary Artery Shunts for Pulmonary Blood Flow in DuctalDependent Cyanotic Congenital Heart Disease: “Altering Strategic Pathways”.
  • American College of Cardiology (ACC) - Georgia Chapter, Annual Scientific Meeting, November 2016. Ligon, R.A.*, Petit, C.J., Kelleman, M.S., Campbell, R.M., Chanani, N.K., Vincent, R.N., Kim, D.K. Transcatheter Ductal Stenting Versus Surgical Systemic-to-Pulmonary Artery Shunts for Pulmonary Blood Flow in Ductal-Dependent Cyanotic Congenital Heart Disease.
  • American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions 2016 – multicenter collaboration presented as an oral at the Lifelong CHD and Heart Health in the Young Section at AHA. Session name: T. Duckett Jones Lecture and Best of CVDY (CVDY Outstanding Research Award) in November 2016. Andrew C. Glatz MD MSCE , Christopher J. Petit MD, Bryan H. Goldstein MD, Michael S. Kelleman MS MSPH, Courtney E. McCracken PhD, Alicia McDonnell MD, Timothy Buckey BA, Christopher Mascio MD, Subhadra Shashidharan MD, R. Allen Ligon MD, Jingning Ao BS, Wendy Whiteside MD, W. Jack Wallen MD, Christina M. Metcalf BA, Varun Aggarwal MD, Hitesh Agrawal MD, Jeffrey S. Heinle MD, Athar M. Qureshi MD. A comparison between patent ductus arteriosus stent and modified Blalock-Taussig shunt as palliation for infants with ductaldependent pulmonary blood flow: insights from a multi-center collaborative.
  • North Carolina Pediatric Society (NCPS) Annual Meeting, August 2014. First place in the abstract session. Ligon, R.A.*, Mabus, S., Walsh-Koricke, M., Drossner, D. Implementation of Pulse Oximetry Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease for a Major Healthcare System.
  • Carolinas Healthcare System’s Resident Research Reception, Annual Center for Faculty Excellence Meeting, May 2013. Ligon, R.A.*, Drossner, D., Mabus, S., Walsh-Koricke, M., Noonan, L. Pulse Oximetry Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease: A Quality Improvement Perspective.

Poster Research Abstract Presentations

  • The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) Annual Scientific Sessions, Las Vegas in May 2019. Ligon, R.A., Downey, L.A., Gruenewald, D.L., Bauser-Heaton, H.D., Kim, D.W., Roman, M.F., Vincent, R.N., Petit, C.J. Risk Factors for Red Blood Cell Transfusions in Children Undergoing Cardiac Catheterizations at a High-volume Institution.

  • The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) Annual Scientific Sessions, Las Vegas in May 2019. Ligon, R.A., Nwankwo, U.A., Kelleman, M.S., Roman, M.F., McCracken, C.E., Babaliaros, V., Kim, D.W., Petit, C.J., Vincent, R.N., Bauser-Heaton, H.D. Preventing Valve Failure in Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve Replacement by Optimizing Implant Size to Body Surface Area.

  • 91st Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association, Anaheim, CA, November 2018. Nicholson, G.T., Glatz, A.C., Qureshi, A.M., Petit, C.J., Meadows. J.J., McCracken, C.E., Kelleman, M.S., Bauser-Heaton, H.D., Gartenberg, A.J., Ligon, R.A., Aggarwal, V., Kwakye, D.B., Goldstein, B.H. Differences in Somatic Growth and Feeding Regimen by Palliation Strategy for infants with Ductal-Dependent Pulmonary Blood Flow: Results from the Congenital Catheterization Research Collaborative Study of Patent Ductus Arteriosus Stent and Modified Blalock Taussig Shunt. AHA Scientific Sessions, November 2018.

  • 2018 Joint Conference: Advances in Pediatric Cardiovascular Disease Management – Presented by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, The Congenital Heart Center at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, October 2018. Ligon, R.A., Gruenewald, D.L., Downey, L.A., Bauser-Heaton, H.B., Kim, D.K., Roman, M.F., Vincent, R.N., Petit, C.J. Risk Factors for Red Blood Cell Transfusions in Children Undergoing Cardiac Catheterizations at a High-volume Institution. Moderated-oral Poster Presentation.

  • Pediatric and Adult Interventional Cardiac Symposium (PICS-AICS), September 2018. Ligon, R.A.*, Hasehemi, S., Slesnick, T.C., Petit, C.J. Three-Dimensional Printing and Dynamic Testing Prior to Pulmonary Valve Replacement. Moderated-oral Poster Presentation.

  • Pediatric and Adult Interventional Cardiac Symposium (PICS-AICS), September 2018. Vaiyani D.*, Ligon, R.A., Petit. C.J. 3D Scanning and Printing Enhances Surgical and Transcatheter Planning in Congenital Heart Disease.

  • The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA in May 2018. Goldstein, B.H.*, Qureshi, A.Q., Meadows, J.J., Nicholson, G.T., Bauser-Heaton, H.D., Petit, C.J., Pater, C., Kelleman, M., Mozumdar, N., Aggarwal, V., Agrawal, H., Ligon, R.A., Christensen, J., McCracken, C., Glatz, A.C. Impact of Treatment Strategy on Outcomes in Isolated Pulmonary Artery of Ductal Origin: A Multicenter Report from the Congenital Catheterization Research Collaborative.

  • 90th Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association, Anaheim, CA, November 2017. Goldstein, B.H.*, Petit, C.J., Qureshi, A.Q., Dai, D., Griffis, H.M., France, A., Kelleman, M.S., McCracken, C.E., O’Byrne, M.L., Mascio, C.E., Shashidharan, S., Ligon, R.A., Whiteside, W., Wallen, W.J., Agrawal, H., Aggarwal, V., Glatz, A.C. Differences in Cost of Care by Palliation Strategy for Infants with Ductal-Dependent Pulmonary Blood Flow: Results from a Multicenter Study of Patent Ductus Arteriosus Stent and Modified Blalock-Taussig Shunt.

  • 50th Southeast Pediatric Cardiovascular Society Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, September 2017. Ligon, R.A.*, Vaiyani, D., Deshpande, S. Myocardial Performance Index in Pediatric Patients with Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia Related Pulmonary Hypertension.

  • The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, May 2016. Ligon, R.A.*, Kim, D.W., Vincent, R.N., Petit, C.J. Intervention on Surgical Systemic-Pulmonary Artery Shunts: Carotid versus Femoral Access.

  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) Research Session for Annual Digestive Disease Week, Washington, DC, May 2015. Ligon, R.A.*, Piniero, V., Dranove, J. Safety and Feasibility of the Primary Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrojejunostomy Tube in Infants with Complex Congenital Heart Disease.

  • The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) 18th Annual Update on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Disease, February 2015. Ligon, R.A.*, Crawford, K., Herlong, R., LaMothe, J., Dranove, J. Assessing the Safety of PEG-J tubes in Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome Patients.

  • North Carolina Pediatric Society (NCPS) Annual Meeting, Myrtle Beach, SC, August 2014. Ligon, R.A.*, Wallis, G. Not Everything that Wheezes is Asthma, A Case of Anomalous Left Coronary Artery from the Pulmonary Artery.

  • North Carolina Pediatric Society (NCPS) Annual Meeting, Asheville, NC, August 2013. Ligon, R.A.*, Chiu, M. Pericardial Effusion in the Neonate.

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