Craig Thomas

Tiny hearts fuel Carmel Valley doctor's huge compassion

Tiny hearts fuel Carmel Valley doctor's huge compassion

Dr. Paul Grossfeld focuses much of his time and energy in caring for the tiniest of patients - babies with congenital heart defects.

Grossfeld, a Carmel Valley resident, wears two hats -- he’s a pediatric cardiologist at Rady Children’s Hospital, and a professor at UC San Diego Medical School, where he teaches and oversees a research laboratory.

An annual fundraiser - called “Little Hearts Big Hopes” - was held Sunday, May 21, at the home of Linda and Jeff Church in Rancho Santa Fe with the goal of raising about $250,000, enough money to keep Grossfeld’s research going for the next year.

Grossfeld’s lab at UCSD studies the genetic causes of congenital heart defects,...

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