Positions

Assistant Professor
Pediatrics-Cardiology
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, US

Education

BS from Stanford University
Biological Sciences-Honors
MD from University Of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Residency at Boston Combined Residency Program (Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard University and Boston Medical Center/Boston University)
Pediatrics
Residency at Boston Children's Hospital
Pediatrics, Chief Residency
Clinical Fellowship at Texas Children's Hospital/ Baylor College of Medicine
Pediatric Cardiology
Clinical Fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital
Pediatric Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Imaging
MPH from Harvard School of Public Health
Clinical Effectiveness

Certifications

American Board of Pediatrics
American Board of Pediatrics, Subspecialty Pediatric Cardiology
Texas License
Texas Medical Board

Professional Interests

  • Marfan syndrome
  • Loeys-Dietz syndrome
  • Turner syndrome
  • Aortic disease
  • Bicuspid aortic valve
  • Aortic dissection
  • Aortic dilation
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Fetal cardiology
  • Fetal echocardiography
  • Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging
  • Cardiovascular Genetics
  • Vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
  • Fetal cardiac intervention

Professional Statement

I am a Pediatric Cardiologist with subspecialty training in pediatric cardiovascular imaging and advanced training in public health research. I have special interests in both cardiovascular genetics and fetal cardiology. In addition to my fetal cardiology patients, I really enjoy and am honored to care for patients with Marfan syndrome, Loeys-Dietz syndrome, Turner syndrome, vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and other genetic conditions in the TCH Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic. I also interpret fetal echocardiography, pediatric echocardiography, and cardiac MRI studies. In 2012, we began to perform fetal cardiac intervention at Texas Children's Hospital, and I am fortunate to a be an integral part of this multidisciplinary team that performs fetal aortic valvuloplasty, fetal atrial septal interventions, and maternal hyperoxygenation for fetal left heart hypoplasia.

Clinical research is another large part of my work, and I run and am involved in multiple research projects locally and nationally that try to determine how to identify who is high risk for cardiac events and how to improve outcomes in young patients with congenital heart disease and genetic conditions affecting the heart.

Selected Publications

Memberships

American Academy of Pediatrics
American College of Cardiology
American Heart Association
American Society of Echocardiography
Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Society for Thoracic Surgeons

Funding

A Biomarker to Predict Cardiovascular Events in Patients with Aortopathy
- #1 R21 HL121630-01A1
Grant funding from National Institutes of Health-NHLBI
Collaborating with the National Registry of Genetically Triggered Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms and Cardiovascular Conditions (GenTAC), we are investigating the relationship between vascular tortuosity as detected by Magnetic Resonance Angiography or Computed Tomography Angiography and outcomes in children and young adults with aortic disease, including Marfan syndrome, Loeys-Dietz syndrome, Turner syndrome, Familial Aortic Aneurysms and Dissections, and bicuspid aortic valve.
Maternal Hyperoxygenation in Fetal Left Heart Hypoplasia
Grant funding from Baylor College of Medicine Cardiovascular Research Institute
We are investigating the potential role of maternal oxygen delivery to improve fetal left heart hypoplasia.
National Registry Of Genetically Triggered Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms And Cardiovascular Conditions, Phase II (GENTAC II) - #HHSN268200648199C and HHSN268210
Grant funding from National Institutes of Health - NHLBI and NIAMS
The purpose of GenTAC is to establish a registry of patients with genetic conditions that may be related to thoracic aortic aneurysms and to collect medical information and biologic samples. The samples and information will be available to researchers to help identify the best medical practices and to advance the clinical management of genetic thoracic aortic aneurysms and other cardiovascular complications. Over 3,750 participants have been enrolled in the registry since 2006.
Evaluation of an imaging biomarker in children and young adults with aortopathy
- #1K23HL127266
Grant funding from National Institutes of Health-NHLBI

Professional Development

Advanced Quality Improvement Course
Sponsor: Texas Children's Hospital
Moving Up the Educational Ladder - Improving Your Skills and Building Your Career in Medical Education
Sponsor: Baylor College of Medicine

Skills

Pediatric echocardiography
Fetal echocardiography
Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging
Transesophageal echocardiography