French consortium “Referral Center for hereditary heart diseases”

Healthcare provider: The consortium includes six teams from various University hospitals in Paris: Bichat/Henri Mondor/HEGP/Ambroise Paré/Necker/Pitié-Salpêtrière. It is coordinated at Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital by Prof. Dr. Philippe Charron. The Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital encompasses the Academic hospital (1800 beds for inpatients, 1700 medical employers), the Medical Faculty of Pierre & Marie Curie University (31.000 students/year), and several INSERM research units (INSERM is a French public organism dedicated to medical research and health). The Institute of Cardiology within Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital includes the Medical Cardiology Department, the Cardiovascular surgery department and the Intensive Care  Department (2600 in-bed hospitalisations/2700 coronary angiograms/ 10 000 echocardiograms / 450 pace-maker implantation/ 2000 cardiac surgeries (including 65 heart transplantations), per year). Since 2011, it is a component of ICAN (Institute of Cardiometabolism And Nutrition) funded by Ministry of Research, which joins together all the research, educational and care activities dedicated to cardiometabolic diseases (14 teams, > 100 researchers).  

Centre for rare and complex heart diseases: The consortium “Referral Center for hereditary heart diseases” ( is already labeled as such by the French Ministry of Health in the context of the Rare diseases national Plan. It is organized as a multidisciplinary expert Network in Paris and is coordinated at the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital (Pr Philippe Charron). It is consisting of 6 Parisian university hospital teams from “Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris” (APHP): Bichat (A. Leenhardt)/Henri Mondor (T. Damy)/HEGP (A. Hagège)/Ambroise Paré (N. Mansencal)/Necker (D. Bonnet)/Pitié-Salpêtrière university (P. Charron) hospitals. The expertise is about 2 main groups of cardiac diseases: Cardiomyopathies and Electrical diseases, both in adults and children. The consortium provides a global and complete care of these diseases through combined multidisciplinary skills and facilities. Genetics expertise is leaded by Pitié-Salpêtrière team, both regarding genetic counseling and molecular genetic diagnosis (National Referral cardiogenetics molecular Lab). The consortium has a strong involvement in university teaching and are co-authors of various high level publications as well as recommendations of care at national or international level.

Prof. Dr. Philippe Charron is a cardiologist and the representative member of the AP-HP Pitié Salpêtrière Hospital in ERN GUARD-HEART. He is leading the Thematic Area “Familial cardiomyopathies in adults and children” of ERN GUARD-HEART.