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Andrea Z. Beaton, MD

  • Pediatric Cardiologist, Outreach
  • Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
My care approach values the family. Both the child and the parents are equal partners in the care plan, and they have unique and important contributions to make during our visits.



I practice general, outpatient pediatric cardiology and have a special interest in acquired heart disease. I enjoy working as a team with children and families, providing information and helping parents understand and feel confident in their child’s health.

When I approach a family, one of the most important questions I have is: "How can I help today" or "What are you hoping to learn today." Families appreciate this approach, and it helps me make sure that I am meeting the needs of our diverse children and families.

My care approach values the family. Both the child and the parents are equal partners in the care plan, and they have unique and important contributions to make during our visits. I try to ensure that families leave my office feeling confident about their child's health. I always say, “Please don't worry at home. If you are worried, reach out so we can discuss it further.”

I am very involved with the American Heart Association. I serve as the chair of the Rheumatic Fever, Endocarditis, and Kawasaki Disease Committee; a member of the International Committee; and as the scientific lead on the Rheumatic Heart Disease Strategy Team. My research is funded by the Thrasher Research Fund and the American Heart Association, which awarded Cincinnati Children's a new Strategically Focused Research Grant in Health Technology and Innovation in 2020.

I have led diverse teams in many successful international collaborations. My early work through the KL2 scholar program focused on improving early detection of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) through echocardiographic screening. The American Heart Association recognized this work as one of the 2012 top 10 research advances in cardiovascular disease and stroke, featured in Nature Reviews Cardiology, and published in the journal Circulation. My work has been acknowledged nationally and internationally, and I have published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles on RHD.

My other research areas involve:

  • Characterizing rheumatic fever in Uganda, where RHD is endemic. We are looking to understand why rheumatic fever rarely comes to clinical attention and to develop a biological test for rheumatic fever.
  • Addressing RHD, an acquired heart disease in childhood that affects the most vulnerable populations around the world. My team and I want to improve prevention and early detection of rheumatic heart disease so that children around the world can live fuller, longer and happier lives.

There’s never a dull moment in our house with four young children. In our free time, we like to read books and go on family bike rides. I love to travel and have spent time abroad with our kids in Uganda, and around the world with my wonderful husband.


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Echocardiographic screening of pregnant women by non-physicians with remote interpretation in primary care. Nascimento, BR; Sable, C; Nunes, MC P; Oliveira, KK B; Franco, J; Barbosa, MM; Reese, AT; Diamantino, AC; Ferreira Filho, DS G; Macedo, FV B; et al. Family Practice. 2021; 38:225-230.

Prevention of Viridans Group Streptococcal Infective Endocarditis: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Wilson, WR; Gewitz, M; Lockhart, PB; Bolger, AF; DeSimone, DC; Kazi, DS; Couper, DJ; Beaton, A; Kilmartin, C; Miro, JM; et al. Circulation. 2021; 143:e963-e978.

The inter-rater reliability and individual reviewer performance of the 2012 world heart federation guidelines for the echocardiographic diagnosis of latent rheumatic heart disease. Scheel, A; Mirabel, M; Nunes, MC P; Okello, E; Sarnacki, R; Steer, AC; Engelman, D; Zimmerman, M; Zühlke, L; Sable, C; et al. International Journal of Cardiology. 2021; 328:146-151.

Previous Traditional Medicine Use for Sore Throat among Children Evaluated for Rheumatic Fever in Northern Uganda. Stein, E; Pulle, J; Zimmerman, M; Otim, I; Atala, J; Rwebembera, J; Oyella, LM; Harik, N; Okello, E; Sable, C; et al. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2021; 104:842-847.

Impact of incorporating echocardiographic screening into a clinical prediction model to optimise utilisation of echocardiography in primary care. Diamantino, AC; Nascimento, BR; Nunes, MC P; Sable, CA; Oliveira, KK B; Rabelo, LC; Franco, J; Diamantino, LC; Barbosa, MM; Reese, AT; et al. International Journal of Clinical Practice. 2021; 75.

Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease in the United States. de Loizaga, SR; Beaton, AZ. Pediatric Annals. 2021; 50:e98-e104.

Examining the Ugandan health system's readiness to deliver rheumatic heart disease-related services. Ndagire, E; Kawakatsu, Y; Nalubwama, H; Atala, J; Sarnacki, R; Pulle, J; Kyarimpa, R; Mwima, R; Kansiime, R; Okello, E; et al. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 2021; 15.

Determining the Risk of Developing Rheumatic Heart Disease Following a Negative Screening Echocardiogram. Zimmerman, M; Scheel, A; Dewyer, A; Okello, E; Sable, CA; Beaton, AZ. Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine. 2021; 8.

Cytokine gene functional polymorphisms and phenotypic expression as predictors of evolution from latent to clinical rheumatic heart disease. Tormin, JP A S; Nascimento, BR; Sable, CA; da Silva, JL P; Brandao-de-Resende, C; Rocha, LP C; Pinto, CH R; Neves, EG A; Macedo, FV B; Fraga, CL; et al. Cytokine. 2021; 138.

Global Burden of Cardiovascular Diseases and Risk Factors, 1990-2019: Update From the GBD 2019 Study. Roth, GA; Mensah, GA; Johnson, CO; Addolorato, G; Ammirati, E; Baddour, LM; Barengo, NC; Beaton, A; Benjamin, EJ; Benziger, CP; et al. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2020; 76:2982-3021.

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