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Dr. Joel Hardin is Medical Director for the Emory 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, with a special focus on cardio-obstetric care of women with congenital heart disease who are pregnant or need advice on the cardiovascular risks that might be associated with pregnancy.


Dr. Hardin is a veteran of military service, attaining the rank of Commander in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps Fleet Marine Force. His last active-duty assignments were with 1st Marine Division forward deployed to Iraq in 2004, followed by 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune before honorably separating from 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

State Medical Licenses

Professional Societies

  • 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

  • Holt-Oram syndrome

  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome

  • Interrupted aortic arch

  • Loeys-Dietz syndrome

  • Marfan syndrome

  • Patent ductus arteriosus

  • Patent foramen ovale

  • 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

  • 22q11.2 deletion syndrome




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