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Ronald Lacro | Education

Undergraduate School

Northwestern University Medical School

1980, Chicago, IL

Medical School

Northwestern University Medical School

1982, Chicago, IL

Internship

University of California Medical Center

1983, San Diego, CA

Residency

University of California Medical Center

1985, San Diego, CA

Fellowship

Dysmorphology/Genetics

University of California Medical Center

1987, San Diego, CA

Fellowship

Cardiology

Boston Children's Hospital

1991, Boston, MA

Ronald Lacro | Professional History

Dr. Lacro is clinically trained in dysmorphology/clinical genetics as well as pediatric cardiology.  He directs the Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic and the Marfan Syndrome and Related Disorders Program, which provide cardiac and genetic services to patients and families with a variety of genetic conditions including Marfan syndrome, other connective tissue disorders, bicuspid aortic valve and other aortopathies, and Williams syndrome.  Dr. Lacro is on the staff of the Echocardiography Laboratory, which provides a full range of imaging studies including transesophageal and fetal examinations.  He was a Schwartz Center Fellow in Pastoral Care in 2002 and has an interest in spiritual assessment and spiritual care.  Research interests include pathogenesis of congenital cardiovascular malformations and management of patients with multiple malformation syndromes such as Marfan syndrome, other connective tissue disorders, and Williams syndrome.  Dr. Lacro was a principal investigator for a multicenter, randomized clinical trial sponsored by the Pediatric Heart Network and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the NIH, comparing beta blocker therapy (atenolol) and angiotensin II receptor blocker therapy (losartan) in individuals with Marfan syndrome.

Ronald Lacro | Publications

I grew up in Hawaii and attended college and medical school at Northwestern University in Evanston and Chicago, IL. I completed a residency in pediatrics as well as a fellowship in dysmorphology and genetics in San Diego, before moving to Boston for a fellowship in cardiology at Boston Children’s Hospital. I joined the staff at Boston Children’s Hospital in 1991, specializing in cardiovascular genetics and echocardiography.

Boston has been my home since 1987, and I enjoy everything that the region has to offer, including the cardiology team at Boston Children’s Hospital. I consider it a distinct privilege to serve the patients and families that come to Boston Children’s, hearing and entering into their stories at some of the most profound moments in their lives.