Dr. Joel Hardin is a consultant cardiologist at Emory University School of Medicine’s nationally accredited Adult Congenital Heart Center. He is board-certified in adult congenital heart disease and pediatric cardiology. His clinical expertise includes caring for the entire spectrum of congenital heart diseases among pediatric and adult patients. He also has expertise in caring for people with Marfan syndrome, Loeys-Dietz syndrome, women with congenital heart disease who are pregnant, and women who have cardiovascular involvement with Turner syndrome.


Dr. Hardin is a veteran of military service, attaining the rank of Commander in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps, Fleet Marine Forces. He last served on active duty with 3rd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force forward deployed to Iraq in 2004. He honorably departed military service in 2006.

Education and Training

  • Washington University in St. Louis, A.B. Biology 1983

  • University of Tennessee College of Medicine - Memphis, M.D. 1987

  • Residency in Pediatrics, St. Louis Children's Hospital / Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, 1987-1990

  • Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology, St. Louis Children's Hospital / Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, 1990-1993

Board Certifications

Professional Societies

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP)

  • Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC)

  • Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA)

  • Adult Congenital Heart Association

  • International Society for Adult Congenital Heart Disease

  • Honorary member, Philippine Society of Pediatric Cardiology

  • American Medical Association

  • Florida Medical Association


Clinical Expertise

  • Adult congenital heart disease

  • Atrial septal defect

  • Atrioventricular septal defect

  • Bicuspid aortic valve

  • Cardiac critical care

  • Cardiac genetics

  • Cardiopulmonary exercise testing

  • Coarctation of the aorta

  • Congenital aortic stenosis

  • Congenital heart defects

  • Congenital pulmonic valve stenosis

  • Congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries

  • Double-outlet right ventricle

  • Eisenmenger syndrome

  • Fontan palliation of single ventricle physiology

  • Heart disease in pregnancy

  • Heart failure

  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome

  • Interrupted aortic arch

  • Loeys-Dietz syndrome

  • Marfan syndrome

  • Patent ductus arteriosus

  • Patent foramen ovale

  • Pediatric cardiac critical care

  • Pediatric cardiac genetics

  • Pediatric cardiology

  • Pediatric heart disease

  • Pulmonary arterial hypertension

  • Ross procedure

  • Scimitar syndrome

  • Single ventricle

  • Tetralogy of Fallot

  • Total/partial anomalous pulmonary venous connection

  • Transposition of the great arteries

  • Tricuspid atresia

  • Trisomy 21

  • Turner syndrome

  • Ventricular septal defect

  • Williams syndrome




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