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.