Kathleen A. Mussatto, PhD, RN

Investigator, Herma Heart Center, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

Office locations

8915 W. Connell Ct.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 266-2073
(414) 266-6248 (fax)



  • Cardiology, Nursing

Research center/program

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery

Research interests

  • Behavioral health
  • Heart disease
  • Nursing

Study interests

  • Neurodevelopmental outcomes
  • Psychosocial implications of chronic illnesses in children
  • Quality of life
  • Surgical and medical management of congenital heart disease


  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, 1986
  • Doctorate, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2009

Education and awards

  • Julie Lathrop Nursing Research Award, 2001

Research and publications

  • Children's Hospital Foundation-2002, A Pilot Study to Evaluate Neurodevelopmental Outcome, Quality of Life and Impact on the Family in Survivors of Complex Congenital Heart Disease, principal investigator
  • Children's Hospital Foundation-2003, Health-related Quality of Life and Family Impact in Subjects with Complex Congenital Heart Disease, principal investigator
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia-2005, Quality of Life Assessment in the Pediatric Cardiac Population: Testing the Pediatric Cardiac Quality of Life Inventory, principal investigator
  • Children's Hospital Foundation-2003, Patterns of Heart-Rate Variability in Infants with Complex Heart Disease, co-investigator
  • National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health-2005, Working Models of Care for Infants with a Heart Defect, co-investigator
  • Children's Heart Foundation-2005, Neurodevelopmental Outcomes and Postoperative Hemodynamics in Children with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, co-investigator

Representative publications

  • Mussatto, KA, Hoffmann R, Hoffman G, Tweddell JS, Bear L, Cao Y, Brosig, C. Risk and prevalence of developmental delay in young children with congenital heart disease. Pediatrics, 2014. [E-pub ahead of print 2-3-14]
  • Mussatto KA, Sawin KJ, Schiffman R, Leske J, Simpson P, Marino BS. The importance of self-perceptions to psychosocial adjustment in adolescents with heart disease. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 2013;[Epub ahead of print]
  • Hoffman GM, Brosig CL, Mussatto KA, Tweddell JS, Ghanayem NG. Perioperative cerebral oxygen saturation in neonates with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and childhood neurodevelopmental outcome. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Published Online, January 2013
  • Brosig C, Mussatto KA, Hoffman G, Hoffmann R, Dasgupta M, Tweddell J, Ghanayem N. Neurodevelopmental Outcomes for Children With Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome at the Age of 5 Years. Pediatr Cardiol 2013;[Epub ahead of print]
  • Brosig C, Olude O, Hoffmann R, Bear L, Chin A, Dasgupta M, Mussatto KA. Implementation of a routine developmental follow-up program for children with congenital heart disease: Early results. Congenital Heart Disease, 6(5):451-60, 2011

See a complete list of publications by Dr. Mussatto