Cardiovascular Connective Tissue Disorder Clinic

Our Mission: Coordinated care for individuals at risk for aortic and arterial aneurysm/dissection

We welcome confirmed diagnoses as well as rule-in/out for genetic aneurysm pre-disposing conditions such as:

  • Marfan syndrome
  • Loeys-Dietz syndrome
  • Familial Aneurysm/Dissection
  • Sphrintzen Goldberg syndrome
  • Turner syndrome (with aortopathy)
  • Aortic and arterial aneurysm/dissections of unknown etiology
  • Bicuspid aortic valve with aortopathy
  • Ehlers Danlos syndrome, Vascular type
  • Arterial Tortuosity Syndrome
  • Other genetic syndromes where aortic aneurysms are diagnosed upon cardiac workup.

Our clinic is dedicated to quality medical care in the diagnosis and treatment of those with aortic aneurysm syndromes and related disorders. Through expert team management, research and family education, we strive to continually increase the quality of life of our patients.


  • 1. Application of evidence-based medical therapy and research to the individualized treatment of our patients, including medication, lifestyle modifications and incorporation of genetic and familial factors
  • 2. Quality aortic imaging through our cardiology and radiology departments
  • 3. Multidisciplinary care coordination may be required with specialists in vascular, neurovascular and cardiothoracic surgery, as well as non-vascular specialties such as ophthalmology, orthopedics, and pulmonary.
  • 4. Family assessment and screening, if appropriate
  • 5. Education and support of patients and their families through emergency preparedness, connections for psychosocial support and other educational documentation.

We look forward to addressing your concerns and providing you excellent care.

Cardiovascular Connective Tissue Disorder Clinic Team

Hal Dietz, MD
Phone: (410)614-5939
Assistant: Debbie Churchill
Felicia Bartee-Rogers
Senior Medical Office Coordinator
Phone: 410 614-0897
Jennifer Pardo Habashi, MD
Phone: 410 955-3071
Gretchen MacCarrick, MS CGC
Genetic Counselor
Phone: 410 955-0316
Elizabeth (Libby) Sparks, APNG
Advanced Practice Nurse in Genetics
Phone: 410 502-1892

Please visit the Smilow Center website to learn more about the research that is going on in connective tissue disorders through the Institute of Genetic Medicine at Johns Hopkins University.