Dr. Tiscar Cavalle-Garrido has long been a leader and champion for Loeys-Dietz syndrome (LDS) diagnosis, multidisciplinary care, and research.
She occupies six academic and clinical appointments, including an appointment as Associate Professor at McGill University, and is a pediatric cardiologist at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Cavalle-Garrido has an active interest in caring for children with aortopathies and connective tissue disorders like LDS. To her, working with children and families is an honour and a privilege.
“There is nothing more rewarding than helping a sick child get better”, says Dr. Cavalle-Garrido.
Breaking Down Barriers for Patients with Rare Diseases
Dr. Cavalle-Garrido acknowledges the barriers involved in caring for patients with rare diseases:
“The care of patients with rare diseases, such as Loeys-Dietz syndrome, has been historically neglected by our medical system due to lack of resources, difficulty in coordination of care, diluted expertise and limitations in building knowledge.”
However, through coordinated care, innovation, and research, she is breaking down barriers for her patients. Dr. Cavalle-Garrido co-founded an innovative, multidisciplinary clinic and is the Principal Investigator of a new Canadian registry. LDSF Canada is extremely proud to support her in these initiatives and beyond.
Dr. Cavalle-Garrido is a co-founder of an innovative, multidisciplinary clinic for children with hereditary aortopathies. The Montreal Children’s Hospital (MCH) Aortopathy Clinic is now diagnosing and treating patients with Loeys-Dietz syndrome, Marfan syndrome, and vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Learn more about the clinic here.
CANadian Aortopathy and Connective Tissue Registry (CAN-ACT)
Dr. Cavalle-Garrido is also the Principal Investigator of the CANadian Aortopathy and Connective Tissue Registry (CAN-ACT). The registry aims to foster collaborative research and improve quality of life and longevity for people with hereditary aortopathies and connective tissue disorders. DSF Canada is a proud co-founder of the registry.
Heritable Aortic Disorders (HAD) Symposium
Dr. Cavalle-Garrido is one of the talented and compassionate medical professionals who attended the 2019 Heritable Aortic Disorders (HAD) Symposium. At the Symposium, she shared her hopes for the future of LDS: discovery of new LDS-causing mutations, better diagnosis, greater understanding of genetic risk factors and effective medication, improved surgical outcomes and quality, multidisciplinary care in every major city. Meet Dr. Cavalle-Garrido.
In Her Free Time
In her free time, Dr. Cavalle-Garrido enjoys being with friends and family, as well as biking, baking and gardening. Her favourite food to bake is chocolate banana bread!
To find a clinic for Loeys-Dietz syndrome and similar conditions, visit LDSF Canada’s Find a Clinic Directory.