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Director, Advanced Cardiomyopathy Services

Medical Director, Pediatric Heart Transplant

Director, Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing and Cardiac Rehabilitation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



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About Me


My pursuit of a career in medicine was inspired early in life by my father and many wonderful teachers. My specific interest in cardiac transplantation care and research developed while a fellow at Stanford University. There, I was fortunate to be guided by heart transplant pioneer, Dr. Norman Shumway.

The guidance and mentorship I received by the man considered to be the father of heart transplantation has led me to a rewarding clinical and research career.

At Cincinnati Children’s, I serve as director of Advanced Cardiomyopathy Services and medical director of Pediatric Heart Transplant. My clinical work is focused on transplant rejection, coronary artery disease and cardiopulmonary exercise testing. These clinical interests have become research interests as well. Another focus of my research in cardiac transplantation includes the detection, prevention and modification of antibodies against human leukocyte antigens.

I’m particularly interested in better understanding allograft vasculopathy, a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in cardiac transplantation. In pediatrics, especially, allograft vasculopathy is difficult to detect, prevent and treat.

Clinical Interests

Pediatric cardiology; cardiomyopathy and transplantation

Research Interests

Cardiomyopathy and transplantation

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Cardiomyopathy, Heart Failure, Heart, Cardio-Oncology, Neuromuscular Disorders

My Locations

My Education

MD: SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, 1989.

Residency: Pediatrics, University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA, 1989.

Fellowship: Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 1992.

My Publications

Time for evidence-based, standardized donor size matching for pediatric heart transplantation. Riggs, KW; Giannini, CM; Szugye, N; Woods, J; Chin, C; Moore, RA; Morales, DL S; Zafar, F. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2019; 158:1652-1660.e4.

Abnormal submaximal cardiopulmonary exercise parameters predict impaired peak exercise performance in sickle cell anemia patients. Powell, AW; Alsaied, T; Niss, O; Fleck, RJ; Malik, P; Quinn, CT; Mays, WA; Taylor, MD; Chin, C. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2019; 66.

Contemporary Outcomes of Pediatric Restrictive Cardiomyopathy: A Single-Center Experience. Wittekind, SG; Ryan, TD; Gao, Z; Zafar, F; Czosek, RJ; Chin, CW; Jefferies, JL. Pediatric Cardiology. 2019; 40:694-704.

Pulmonary effects on exercise testing in tetralogy of Fallot patients repaired with a transannular patch. Powell, AW; Mays, WA; Knecht, SK; Chin, C. Cardiology in the Young. 2019; 29:133-139.

Statin Safety and Associated Adverse Events: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Newman, CB; Preiss, D; Tobert, JA; Jacobson, TA; Page, RL; Goldstein, LB; Chin, C; Tannock, LR; Miller, M; Raghuveer, G; et al. Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. 2019; 39:e38-e81.

Heart and lung transplantation. Ryan, TD; Chin, C; Bryant, R. In: Ungerleider RM; Nelson K; Cooper DS; Meliones J; Jacobs J, Ed. Critical Heart Disease in Infants and Children. Philadelphia: Elsevier; 2019.

Cardiopulmonary Aerobic Fitness Assessment During Maximal and Submaximal Exercise Testing in Pediatric Oncology Patients After Chemotherapy. Powell, AW; Nagarajan, R; Mays, WA; Chin, C; Knilans, TK; Knecht, SK; Amos, MA; Gerdes, YM; Ryan, TD. American Journal of Clinical Oncology: cancer clinical trials. 2018; 41:1058-1061.

Listing Low-Weight or Ill Infants for Heart Transplantation: Is It Prudent?. Rizwan, R; Zafar, F; Chin, C; Tweddell, J; III, BR; Morales, D. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2018; 106:1189-1196.

Cardiopulmonary fitness assessment on maximal and submaximal exercise testing in patients with Fabry disease. Powell, AW; Jefferies, JL; Hopkin, RJ; Mays, WA; Goa, Z; Chin, C. American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A. 2018; 176:1852-1857.

Transplant Outcomes for Congenital Heart Disease Patients Bridged With a Ventricular Assist Device. III, BR; Rizwan, R; Villa, CR; Zafar, F; Wells, D; Chin, C; Lorts, A; Morales, DL. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2018; 106:588-594.