As a pediatric cardiologist, I specialize in cardiac catheterization including diagnostic studies and all transcatheter interventions. I trained at leading institutions and have experience with all standard as well as state-of-the-art techniques, including transcatheter pulmonary valve implantation and complex stenting procedures. With every patient, family and caregiver, I take time make sure they truly understand what is going on with the patient’s condition and care.
I have always been interested in helping people and becoming a doctor. In medical school, I was particularly drawn to helping children, as I feel it is one of the most noble professions. No child deserves to be sick, and the greatest honor a parent can give is to trust someone with the health of their child.
In my practice, I take my time to listen and get to know my patients and their goals and wishes in life. I never use a computer when I’m with a patient in clinic. I want the patient to be my focus, not documentation in an electronic medical record.
I have held numerous leadership positions with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) including national chair of both the AAP's Section on Trainees, and more recently, the Section on Early Career Physicians. I was recently one of three pediatric/congenital interventional cardiologists accepted into the Emerging Leader Mentorship Program of the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions. I’m also an active member of the Pediatric Interventional Cardiology Early Career Society (PICES). Early in my education, I was one of 12 students accepted into an accelerated undergraduate/medical school program that provided a Bachelor of Science degree along with an MD.
In my research, I have primarily focused on evaluating outcomes of transcatheter interventions. Given the wide array of our interventions, this has included some rare conditions, such as isolated pulmonary arteries, to more recent advances, such as patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) stenting. The overall focus is to continually evaluate the outcomes of transcatheter techniques so we can improve the care we deliver to patients.
When I’m not helping patients or conducting research, I love spending time with my wife and our two young boys, especially in the outdoors. I was born and raised in the U.S. but attended high school in India when my father transferred there for work. I was able to travel extensively, and I now love travel, both at home and abroad. I feel that these experiences have better prepared me to connect with people from all walks of life.
Pediatric cardiology; cardiac catheterization (diagnostic and interventional) for congenital heart disease
Interventions for congenital heart disease; newborn screening for congenital heart defects; proteomic analysis of patients with congenital heart disease
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Catheterization and Intervention, Heart