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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.
Andrea Z. Beaton, MD



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.

BS: Psychobiology, Centre College, Danville, KY, 2001.

MD: University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY, 2006.

Residency: Pediatric, The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, 2009.

Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiology, Children's National Medical Center, Washington DC, 2012.

MS: Clinical and Translational Science, George Washington University, Washington DC, 2015.


Pediatric cardiology


Rheumatic fever/heart disease

Research Areas

Global Health, Cardiology, Heart

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The Use of Artificial Intelligence Guidance for Rheumatic Heart Disease Screening by Novices. Peck, D; Rwebembera, J; Nakagaayi, D; Minja, NW; Ollberding, NJ; Pulle, J; Klein, J; Adams, D; Martin, R; Koepsell, K; et al. Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography. 2023; 36:724-732.

Rheumatic Heart Disease Research Collaborative in Uganda. Okello, E; Beaton, A. Circulation. 2023; 147:1785-1787.

Refining Risk Stratification Among Children With Latent Rheumatic Heart Disease. Beaton, A; Okello, E; Rwebembera, J; Grobler, A; Engelman, D; Alepere, J; Carapetis, J; Dewyer, A; Lwabi, P; Mirabel, M; et al. Circulation. 2023; 147:1848-1850.

Recommendations for developing effective and safe paediatric and congenital heart disease services in low-income and middle-income countries: a public health framework. Hasan, BS; Bhatti, A; Mohsin, S; Barach, P; Ahmed, E; Ali, S; Amanullah, M; Ansong, A; Banu, T; Beaton, A; et al. BMJ Global Health. 2023; 8:e012049.

Early triage echocardiography to predict outcomes in patients admitted with COVID-19: a multicenter study. Peck, D; Beaton, A; Nunes, MC; Ollberding, N; Hays, A; Hiremath, P; Asch, F; Malik, N; Fung, C; Sable, C; et al. Echocardiography: a journal of cardiovascular ultrasound and allied techniques. 2023; 40:388-396.

Editorial: Rheumatic fever: 21st century clinical and experimental insights. Nascimento, BR; Beaton, AZ; Guilherme, L; Sampaio, RO. Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine. 2023; 10:1190372.

American Heart Association's Children's Strategically Focused Research Network Experience. Sable, C; Li, JS; Tristani-Firouzi, M; Fagerlin, A; Silver, RM; Yandel, M; Yost, HJ; Beaton, A; Dale, J; Engel, M; et al. Journal of the American Heart Association: Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Disease. 2023; 12:e028356.

COMBINATION OF TELE-CARDIOLOGY TOOLS FOR CARDIOVASCULAR RISK STRATIFICATION IN PRIMARY CARE. Nascimento, BR; Silva, C; Ribeiro, IK D S; Silva, GA D; CUNHA, GG; Bessa, AD M; Vinhal, W; Pires, M; Lourenço, KK B O; Franco, J; et al. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2023; 81:2341.

A Qualitative Study of Patients' Experiences, Enablers and Barriers of Rheumatic Heart Disease Care in Uganda. Nalubwama, H; Pulle, J; Atala, J; Sarnacki, R; Nakitto, M; Namara, R; Beaton, A; Kansiime, R; Mwima, R; Ndagire, E; et al. Global Heart. 2023; 18:6.

Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics-2023 Update: A Report From the American Heart Association. Tsao, CW; Aday, AW; Almarzooq, ZI; Anderson, CA M; Arora, P; Avery, CL; Baker-Smith, CM; Beaton, AZ; Boehme, AK; Buxton, AE; et al. Circulation. 2023; 147:e93-e621.

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