Robert H. Beekman III, MD

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-7072

Fax 513-636-2410


Cardiac catheterization; intervention for congenital heart disease; quality improvement

Robert H. Beekman, III, MD, is currently professor of pediatric cardiology at Children's Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati within the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Beekman's subspecialty interests involve cardiovascular physiology, interventional pediatric cardiology and clinical quality improvement.

A native of California, Dr. Beekman graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles, and earned his MD from Duke University in Durham, NC. Dr. Beekman completed his pediatric internship and residency at UCLA Medical Center, and his pediatric cardiology fellowship at the University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Mich. Dr. Beekman also obtained a master's degree in statistical analysis and research design from the University of Michigan. From 1985-1996, Dr. Beekman was a member of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Michigan School of Medicine. From 1996-2009 he was director of Cardiology at Children's Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati, and professor of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine.

Dr. Beekman is passionate about improving care for patients born with congenital heart disease, and throughout his career has been an active clinician and educator. Dr. Beekman's academic interests relate to cardiovascular physiology, cardiac catheterization and quality improvement. He has published more than 200 manuscripts in cardiology and pediatric journals. Dr. Beekman is the chair of the JCCHD National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative and chair of the ACC Adult Congenital and Pediatric Cardiology Section. He has been chair of the Section on Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery of the American Academy of Pediatrics and president of the Society of Pediatric Cardiology Training Program Directors.

MD: Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, 1976.

MS: Clinical Research Design and Statistics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1986.

Residency: Pediatrics, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, 1976 to 1979.

Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiology, CS Mott Children's Hospital, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1979 to 1982.

Certification: Pediatrics, 1981; Pediatric Cardiology, 1983.

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Seckeler MD, Hirsch R, Beekman RH, Goldstein BH. A new predictive equation for oxygen consumption in children and adults with congenital and acquired heart disease. Heart. 2015;101(7):517-524.

Brown DW, Cohen KE, O’Brien P, Gauvreau K, Klitzner TS, Beekman RH, Kugler JD, Martin GR, Neish SR, Rosenthal GL, Lannon C, Jenkins KJ. Impact of prenatal diagnosis in survivors of initial palliation of single ventricle heart disease: Analysis of the National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative database. Pediatr Cardiol. 2015;36(2):314-321.

Anderson JB, Beekman RH, Kugler JD, Rosenthal GL, Jenkins KJ, Klitzner TS, Martin GR, Neish SR, Darbie L, King E, Lannon C. Use of a learning network to improve variation in interstage weight gain after the Norwood operation. Congenital Heart Disease. 2014;9(6):512-520.

Moore J, Vincent R, Beekman R, Benson L, Bergersen L, Holzer R, Jayaram N, Jenkins K, Li Y, Ringel R, Rome J, Martin G. Procedural results and safety of common interventional procedures in congenital heart disease: Initial report from the National Cardiovascular Data Registry. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014;64:2439-2451.

Zussman M, Hirsch R, Beekman RH, Goldstein BH. Impact of percutaneous interventions for pulmonary artery stenosis in Alagille syndrome. Congenital Heart Disease. 2014.

Villafane J, Lantin-Hermoso MR, Bhatt AB, Tweddell JS, Geva T, Nathan M, Elliott MJ, Vetter VL, Paridon SM, Kochilas L, Jenkins KJ, Beekman RH, Wernovsky G, Towbin JA. D-Transposition of the great arteries: The current era of the arterial switch operation. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014;64:498-511.

Armsby L, Beekman RH, Benson L, Fagan T, Hagler D, Hijazi ZM, Holzer R, Ing F, Kreutzer J, Lang P, Levi D, Latson L, Moore P, Mullins C, Ruiz C, Vincent R.SCAI expert consensus statement for advanced training programs in pediatric and congenital interventional cardiac catheterization. Cath and Cardiovasc Intervent. 2014.

Villafane J, Baker GH, Austin E, Miller S, Peng L, Beekman R. Melody pulmonary valve bacterial endocarditis: Experience in four pediatric patients and a review of the literature. Cath and Cardiovasc Intervent. 2014;84:212-218.

Lin CH, Hegde S, Marshall AC, Porras D, Gauvreau K, Beekman RH, Torres A, Vincent JA, Moore JW, Holzer R, Armsby L, Bergersen L. Incidence and management of life threatening adverse events during cardiac catheterization for congenital heart disease. Pediatric Cardiology. 2014;35:140-148.

Baker-Smith CM, Wilhelm CM, Neish SR, Klitzner TS, Beekman RH, Kugler JD, Martin GR, Lannon C, Jenkins KJ, Rosenthal GL. Predictors of prolonged length of intensive care unit stay after Stage I palliation: A report from the National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative. Pediatric Cardiol. 2014;25(3):431-440.