I am a pediatric imaging specialist at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. I care for pediatric patients with a variety of heart conditions including those with Marfan syndrome, Tetralogy of Fallot and hypoplastic left heart syndrome.
My father is an adult cardiologist and, as a child, I remember watching him review echocardiograms on VHS tapes in his office. He got me interested in the field and inspired me to pursue a career in medicine. As I progressed through medical school, I found pediatric encounters and pathology to be my favorite. Ultimately, I found pediatric cardiology to be the most interesting specialty due to its complexity, wide breadth of imaging and procedures that are involved.
I use imaging, especially echocardiography and cardiac MRI, to arrive at a patient’s diagnosis and “set the stage” for further medical or surgical treatment. Advanced cardiac imaging, especially via MRI, gives us a better field of view so we can best visualize the complex connections in congenital heart disease.
When caring for patients and working with their families, I always try to describe the diagnosis and plan of action with clarity and conciseness. While I know any heart condition can be terrifying for a child and their loved ones, our team is here to provide information, expertise, guidance and support to help families navigate the experience.
Wright State University School Of Medicine, 2014
Virginia Commonwealth U Medical Virginia, 2017, Pediatrics
Cleveland Clinic Hospital, 2020, Pediatric Cardiology
Nemours Children's Health, 2021
American Board of Pediatrics-Pediatric Cardiology
American Board of Pediatrics-Pediatrics
Awards, Achievements, and More
In addition to providing patient care, I am also involved in clinical research aimed at exploring heart conditions, treatments, and the effectiveness of care plans. My research interests include Left Ventricular Global Longitudinal Strain in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Patients and multimodality imaging in patients who have had COVID-19 and Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome associated with COVID-19 after acute illness.
- American Society of Echocardiography
- American College of Cardiology
- American Association of Pediatrics
- Society of Cardiovascular MRI
- Society of Pediatric Echocardiography
- “An Unusual Presentation of a Post-Traumatic LV Aneurysm in an Eight-Year-Old Male.” Poster Presentation. SCMR Virtual Scientific Sessions. February 2020.
- “Clinical and Echocardiographic Parameters in Pediatric Patients with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: Relationship to LV Global Longitudinal Strain.” Oral Presentation. Cleveland Clinic Children’s Fellowship Research Day. June 2020.
- “Tetralogy of Fallot in the Adult Population.” Oral Presentation. 22nd Valve Disease, Structural Interventions and Diastology Summit. Hollywood, Florida. March 2020.
- “Congenitally Corrected Transposition of the Great Arteries – Interesting Case.” Oral Presentation. 4th Annual Advances in Pediatric and Congenital Heart Summit. Cleveland, Ohio. October 2019.
- “Shone Complex: A Case Presentation.” Oral Presentation. 21st Valve Disease, Structural Interventions and Diastology Summit. Orlando, Florida. March 2019.
- “When the Gold Standard Fails: An Interesting Case of CPVT.” Oral Presentation. Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes Annual Conference. Ann Arbor, Michigan. October 2018.
- The Annual VCU Pediatrics Research Poster Presentation Award for Echocardiography. “Derived Pulmonary Artery Capacitance and Right Ventricle Velocity Time Integral Can Predict Survival of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia.” 2016.
- Wright Stuff Award for being Most Supportive of Classmates, Student Needs and for the Promotion of Class Camaraderie, 2011.