Dr. Marelli completed her core training in adult cardiology and a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at McGill University. She obtained advanced fellowship training in Adult Congenital Heart Disease at the University of California in Los Angeles where she was the first person to graduate from the first adult congenital heart disease program in the U.S. She completed an MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health. At McGill University, she founded and directs the McGill Adult Unit for Congenital Heart Disease since 2005. Dr. Ariane Marelli is Professor of Medicine, she is the Director of Cardiovascular Research and the Associate Director of Academic Affairs for Cardiology at the McGill University Health Centre. She is the President of the Canadian Adult Congenital Heart Network.
Dr. Marelli lectures internationally on topics related to the impact of the changing epidemiology of congenital heart disease on health services delivery, quality and policy. She holds the only Foundation Grant in Canada dedicated to Congenital Heart Disease. Her research tools have included large databases and electronic health records. She created the population-based Quebec Congenital Heart Disease database that covers over 100,000 patients with congenital heart disease from birth to old age from 1983-2010. In 2008 and in 2011 she received reports of invention for CONGENERATE “Clinical Informatics System for Congenital Heart Disease”. She contributes to Cecil’s textbook of Medicine where she has a “life-long” invitation to author the chapter on adult congenital heart disease. She is co-author of Perloff’s Clinical Recognition of Congenital Heart Disease, the most widely sold textbook of congenital heart disease world-wide.
She has received awards of excellence from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Institute of Health Research. She holds the only Foundation Grant in Canada dedicated to Congenital Heart Disease. She has received research awards from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology where she is on the leadership council and co-Chairs the Quality Work Group. Along with Dr. Jack Lewin, CEO of the American College of Cardiology, she was a first recipient of the 2011 Heart Heroes Award from the Adult Congenital Heart Association in recognition of “visionary leadership in epidemiology, quality of care and Health Information Technology for congenital heart disease patients”.