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The Cardiology Fellowship Program is home to fellows with a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of focus. Learn more about our current fellows.
Catherine C. Allen, MD Clinical Cardiology Fellow, Heart Institute 513-803-2630 firstname.lastname@example.org
Clinical Cardiology Fellow, Heart Institute
Congenital heart disease; cardiovascular imaging
BS: York College, York, PA, 2004.
MD: University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD, 2005-2009.
Residency: A.I. duPont Children’s Hospital, Wilmington, DE, 2012.
Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2012-2015; Advanced Imaging 4th year, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2015-2016.
Certification: General Pediatrics, 2012.
Tarek Alsaied, MD Clinical Fellow, Heart Institute 513-636-6552 email@example.com
Clinical Fellow, Heart Institute
Pediatric cardiology fellowship
Tarek Alsaied is a clinical fellow for the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He studied medicine at Damascus University and completed his pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children's. He plans to pursue a career in pediatric cardiology, beginning with a pediatric cardiology fellowship at Cincinnati Children's starting in 2014. During his time as a resident, Tarek was the recipient of the Samuel Dalinsky Memorial Award, the Adolescent Medicine Resident Award and the Heart Institute Resident Award.
MD: University of Damascus, Damascus, Syria, 2008.
Internship: Pediatrics, The American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon.
Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.
Ngobia A, Alsaied T, Unaka D. Henoch-Schönlein Purpura with hemoptysis. Is it pneumonia or something else? Hosp Pediatr. 2014 Sep:4(5):316-20.
Omar K, Alsaied T, Lababidi A, Habli M. Intra-placental gene transfer of Insulin Like Growth Factor 1 Reprograms Altered Myocardial Gene Expression In Growth Restricted Mouse Model with Cardiac Dysfunction. Basic Cardiovascular Sciences 2014 Scientific Sessions. 2014 115:A357.
Alsaied T, Sticka J, Unaka N, Cooper DS, Manning PB. A rare case of pulmonary artery sling and complete atrioventricular canal defect in an infant with trisomy 21. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2014 Jun 23;5(3):470-472.
Alsaied T, Weber J, George A, Villegas M, Vossmeyer MT. An adolescent with abdominal pain, rash, joint swelling, severe bloody diarrhea, and impressive leukocytosis. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2014 May 27.
Omar K, Alsaied T, Lababidi A, Habli M. Intra-placental gene transfer of Insulin Like Growth Factor 1 Reprograms Altered Myocardial Gene Expression In Growth Restricted Mouse Model with Cardiac Dysfunction. Basic Cardiovascular Sciences 2014 Scientific Sessions. 2014 115:A357. Abstract.
Omar K, Alsaied T, Hinton R, Jones H, Balaji S,Kil K, Leung A. Coleman A, Keswani S, James J, Crombleholme T, Habli M. Intra-Placental Gene Transfer of Human Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1 Rescues Intra-Uterine Growth Restriction Induced Cardiac Dysfunction challenged with High Fat Diet Postnatally. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2013 Jan;108 (1):S249-250. Abstract.
Omar K, Lykens J, Klanke C, Alsaied T, Jones H, Balaji S, Keswani S, Crombleholme T, Habli M. IGF-1 Therapy Reprograms Altered Insulin Signal Genes Expression In IUGR Liver. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2013 Jan;108(1):S 259-260. Abstract.
Omar K, Alsaied T, Lababidi A, Jones H, Balaji S, Keswani S, Crombleholme T, Habli M. Insulin Growth Factor 1 Therapy Restored IUGR induced Alteration in Pancreatic tissues. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2013, Jan; 108(1):S185. Abstract.
Alsaied T, Charafeddine L, Rajab M, Muwakkit S. Familial Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis in an infant with dysmorphogenesis: a new syndrome or an association between 2 syndromes? J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2011 Dec;33(8):e352-4.
Itani M, Alsaied T, Charafeddine L, Yazbeck N. Dieulafoy's lesion in children: A case report and literature review. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2010 Nov;51(5):672-4. Review.
Konstantin Averin, MD Clinical Cardiology Fellow, Heart Institute 513-636-4432 firstname.lastname@example.org
MD: Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.
Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.
Averin K, Connor C, Lorts A. Anaphylactic shock after amiodarone infusion resulting in hemodynamic collapse requiring a temporary ventricular assist device. Cardiology in the Young. 2015;25:164-166.
Averin K, Uzark K, Beekman R, Wilging J, Pratt J, Manning P. Postoperative Assessment of Laryngopharyngeal Dysfunction in Neonates following the Norwood Operation. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2012;94:1257-61.
Shankar Baskar, MD Cardiology Fellow, The Heart Institute 513-636-4432 email@example.com
Cardiology Fellow, The Heart Institute
MBBS: Sri Ramachandra Medical College, Chennai, India, 2007.
Residency: Pediatrics, JJMMC, Davangere, India, 2010.
Residency: Pediatrics, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, 2015.
Baskar S, Jhaveri S, Alkhouri N. Cardiovascular Risk in Pediatric Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: Recent Advances. Clin Lipidol. 2015.
Baskar S, Aziz PF. Genotype-phenotype correlation in long QT syndrome. Glob Cardiol Sci Pract. 2015 Jun;2:26.
Baskar S, George PL, Eghtesad B, Radhakrishnan K, Hupertz V, Aziz PF, Alkhouri N. Cardiovascular risk factors and cardiac disorders in long-term survivors of pediatric liver transplantation. Pediatr Transplant. 2015 Feb;19(1):48-55.
Baskar S, Ackerman MJ, Clements D, Mayuga KA, Aziz PF. Compound heterozygous mutations in the SCN5A-encoded Nav1.5 cardiac sodium channel resulting in atrial standstill and His-Purkinje system disease. J Pediatr. 2014 Nov;165(5):1050-2.
Briggs TA, Rice GI, Daly S, Urquhart J, Gornall H, Bader-Meunier B, Baskar K, Baskar S, Baudouin V, Beresford MW, Black GC, Dearman RJ, de Zegher F, Foster ES, Francès C, Hayman AR, Hilton E, Job-Deslandre C, Kulkarni ML, Le Merrer M, Linglart A, Lovell SC, Maurer K, Musset L, Navarro V, Picard C, Puel A, Rieux-Laucat F, Roifman CM, Scholl-Bürgi S, Smith N, Szynkiewicz M, Wiedeman A, Wouters C, Zeef LA, Casanova JL, Elkon KB, Janckila A, Lebon P, Crow YJ. Tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase deficiency causes a bone dysplasia with autoimmunity and a type I interferon expression signature. Nat Genet. 2011 Feb;43(2):127-31.
Kulkarni AM, Baskar S, Kulkarni ML, Kulkarni AJ, Mahuli AV, Vittalrao S, Kulkarni PM. Fetal intracranial calcification: pseudo-TORCH phenotype and discussion of related phenotypes. Am J Med Genet A. 2010 Apr;152A(4):930-7.
Baskar S, Kulkarni ML, Kulkarni AM, Vittalrao S, Kulkarni PM. Adams-Oliver syndrome: Additions to the clinical features and possible role of BMP pathway. Am J Med Genet A. 2009 Aug;149A(8):1678-84.
Anisa Chaudhry, MD Clinical Cardiology Fellow, Heart Institute 717-421-7089 firstname.lastname@example.org
Adult congenital heart disease (ACHD)
MD: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 2008.
Residency: Internal Medicine, Penn State University/Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA, 2011.
Fellowship: Cardiology, Penn State University/Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA, 2014.
Certification: Internal Medicine, 2011; Echocardiography, 2014.
Erica L. Del Grippo, DO Clinical Fellow, Division of Cardiology 513-803-8363 email@example.com
Clinical Fellow, Division of Cardiology
DO: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 2012.
Residency: Pediatrics, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital/AI DuPont Hospital For Children, Wilmington, DE.
Lisa M. DiPietro, MD Clinical Cardiology Fellow, Heart Institute 513-636-4432 firstname.lastname@example.org
MD: Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, 2011.
Residency: Pediatrics, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, 2014.
Board Certification: Pediatrics, 2014.
Seth B. Gray, MD Clinical Fellow, Division of Cardiology 513-636-4214 email@example.com
Cincinnati Children’s provides a unique and superb training in pediatrics. As the only hospital within Cincinnati that admits children, residents are provided an extensive training within general pediatrics. However, as one of the top children’s hospitals in the country, it also provides the chance to work with experts in subspecialty care and provides exposure to diverse diseases while on the subspecialty services.
MD: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 2012.
Residency: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2015.
Karine Guerrier, DO, MPH Pediatric Cardiology Fellow, Heart Institute 513-636-9283 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pediatric Cardiology Fellow, Heart Institute
BA: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2002.
MPH: Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 2005.
DO: Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA, 2009.
Residency: Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, OH, 2012.
Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2012-2015.
Guerrier K, Anderson J, Pratt J, King E, Statile C, Wilmot I, Campbell M, Czosek R. Correlation of Precordial Voltages to Left Ventricular Mass on Echocardiogram in Adolescent Patients with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Compared to that in Adolescent Athletes. The American Journal of Cardiology. 2015 Apr 1;115(7):956-61.
Guerrier K, Anderson J, Czosek R, Mays W, Statile C, Knilans T, Spar D. Usefulness of Ventricular Premature Complexes in Asymptomatic Patients ≤ 21 Years as Predictors of Poor Left Ventricular Function. The American Journal of Cardiology. 2015 Mar 1;115(5):652-5.
Czosek R, Cnota J, Knilans T, Pratt J, Guerrier K, Anderson J. Relationship between Echocardiographic LV Mass and ECG Based Left Ventricular Voltages In An Adolescent Population: Related or Random? Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology. 2014;37(9):1133–1140.
Guerrier K, Czosek R, Spar D, Anderson J. Long QT Genetics Manifesting as Atrial Fibrillation. Heart Rhythm. 2013 Sep;10(9):1351–1353.
Brandon S. Hays, MD Clinical Fellow, Heart Institute 513-803-5116 email@example.com
MD: Columbia University, New York, NY, 2010.
Residency: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
Sairah Khan, MD Clinical Fellow, Division of Cardiology 513-636-4888 firstname.lastname@example.org
MD: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY, 2009.
Residency: Pediatrics, North Carolina Children's Hospital, Chapel Hill, NC, 2012.
Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiology, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH, 2015.
Candice Y. Li, MD Clinical Fellow, Division of Cardiology 909-786-7357 email@example.com
MD: Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, NH, 2011.
Residency: Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 2014.
Certification: Pediatrics, 2014.
Berglund ED, Li CY, Ayala JE, McGuinness OP, Wasserman DH. Regulation of endogenous glucose production in glucose transporter 4 over-expressing mice. PLoS One. 2012;7(12):e52355.
Berglund ED, Li CY, Bina HA, Lynes SE, Michael MD, Shanafelt AB, Kharitonenkov A, Wasserman DH. Fibroblast growth factor 21 controls glycemia via regulation of hepatic glucose flux and insulin sensitivity. Endocrinology. 2009 Sep;150(9):4084-93.
Berglund ED, Li CY, Poffenberger G, Ayala JE, Fueger PT, Willis SE, Jewell MM, Powers AC, Wasserman DH. Glucose metabolism in vivo in four commonly used inbred mouse strains. Diabetes. 2008 Jul;57(7):1790-9.
Swoap SJ, Li C, Wess J, Parsons AD, Williams TD, Overton JM. Vagal tone dominates autonomic control of mouse heart rate at thermoneutrality. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2008 Apr;294(4):H1581-8.
Fueger PT, Li CY, Ayala JE, Shearer J, Bracy DP, Charron MJ, Rottman JN, Wasserman DH. Glucose kinetics and exercise tolerance in mice lacking the GLUT4 glucose transporter. J Physiol. 2007 Jul 15;582(Pt 2):801-12.
Brenda Mendizabal, MD Clinical Fellow, Pediatric Preventive Cardiology 773-387-4799 firstname.lastname@example.org
Clinical Fellow, Pediatric Preventive Cardiology
Pediatric cardiology; preventive medicine
MD: University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2009.
Residency: Pediatrics, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC, 2012.
Certification: Pediatrics, 2012.
Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiology, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA, 2015.
Melissa L. Morello, MD Clinical Fellow, Division of Cardiology 513-636-4432 email@example.com
MD: Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA, 2010.
Residency: Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 2014.
Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 2014; American Board of Internal Medicine, 2015.
Onyekachukwu Osakwe, MD, MPH Clinical Fellow, Division of Cardiology 513-636-8363 firstname.lastname@example.org
MD: University of Benin, Nigeria.
Residency: Pediatrics, University of Florida Health Shands Children's Hospital, Gainesville, FL.
Adam Powell, MD Clinical Fellow, Heart Institute 513-636-4432 email@example.com
After residency, Dr. Powell spent an extra year at Wright-Patterson AFB serving as the chief resident, in which he had an active educational mission and served on multiple hospital committees. He then spent the next three years being stationed at Shaw AFB serving as the medical director of the Pediatric and Immunization Clinics. During his time in the Air Force, Dr. Powell was awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal.
MD: Medical University of South Carolina.
Residency: Wright State/Wright-Patterson AFB Integrated Pediatric Residency.
Certification: Board Certified by The American Board of Pediatrics.
Powell A. Critical Appraisal of: Ikle L, Hale K, Fashaw L, Boucek M, Resenberg AA. Developmental outcome of patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome treated with heart transplantation. J Pediatr. 2003; 142 (1): 20.5. In the PedsCCM Evidence-Based Journal Club. March 1, 2015.
Powell A. Leg-length discrepancy and hemangiomas in a 15-month-old girl: what’s the cause? Consultant for Pediatricians. 2015 Feb; 14 (2): 74-75.
Powell A. Critical Appraisal of: Michiels EA, Dumas F, Quan L, Selby L, Copass M, Rea T. Long-Term Outcomes Following Pediatric Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2013 Oct; 14 (8): 755-60. In the PedsCCM Evidence-Based Journal Club. July 26, 2014.
Powell A. Newly Diagnosed Diaphragmatic Hernia in a 13 Month Old. Pediatric Oncall Journal. 2014; 11(3).
Preeti Ramachandran, MD Clinical Cardiology Fellow, Heart Institute 513-803-3891 firstname.lastname@example.org
MS: Calcutta Medical College, Calcutta, India, 2003-2009.
Residency: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2010-2013.
James J. Starc, MD Clinical Cardiology Fellow, Heart Institute 513-636-4432 email@example.com
MD: Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, 2009.
Residency: Pediatrics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY.
Lindsay Urbinelli, MD Clinical Fellow, Division of Cardiology 513-636-4888 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fetal echocardiography; cardiac MR
BS: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
MD: SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY.
Residency: New York Presbyterian/Columbia - Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, New York, NY.
Fellowship: New York Presbyterian/Columbia - Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, New York, NY.
Alexander P. Verhoeven, MD Clinical Cardiology Fellow, Heart Institute 513-636-4432 email@example.com
MD: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC.
Residency: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.
Samuel G. Wittekind, MD Clinical Cardiology Fellow, Division of Cardiology, Heart Institute 513-636-6556 firstname.lastname@example.org
Clinical Cardiology Fellow, Division of Cardiology, Heart Institute
General cardiology; heart failure
MD: University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2010.
Residency: Pediatrics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2013.
Board Certification: Pediatrics, 2013.
Samuel G. Wittekind, Ofer Yanay, Erin M. Johnson, Edward F. Gibbons. Two pediatric cases of variant neurogenic stress cardiomyopathy after intracranial hemorrhage. Pediatrics. 2014 Oct;134(4):e1211-7.
Wittekind S, Salerno J, Rubio A. Pacemaker-associated cyanosis in an adolescent: The answer hiding behind shadows. Images in Paediatric Cardiology. 2012 Dec;14(4):6-10.
Wittekind SG, Lie O, Hubbard S, Viswanathan MN. Ictal asystole: An indication for pacemaker implantation and emerging cause of sudden death. Pacing & Clinical Electrophysiology (PACE). 2012 Jul;35(7):e193-6.
Hu J, Wittekind SG, Barr MM. STAM and Hrs down-regulate ciliary TRP receptors. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 2007 Sep;18(9):3277-89.
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