A photo of Samuel Hanke.

Pediatric Cardiologist, Chief Patient and Family Experience Officer

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

About Me


My path to becoming a pediatric cardiologist started just after high school when I got to work with kids who had heart surgery. Seeing the lifelong impact a cardiologist can have on children inspired me to pursue a career in medicine, then pediatrics, and ultimately, pediatric cardiology.

I now have extensive expertise in pediatric cardiology, specializing in complex congenital heart disease both in the hospital and in clinic. I also treat common pediatric cardiac conditions such as new heart murmurs, as well as chest pain and fainting in children.

The diversity of diseases I get to care for is very rewarding to me, and I enjoy getting to know the families and watching kids grow into adults. I believe that each patient and family should be treated with dignity and respect. I strive to learn what is most important to them and help them understand the condition that brought them to me.

In addition to practicing medicine, I serve as the chief patient experience officer for Cincinnati Children’s. In this role, I have the opportunity to address the needs of patients and families when they experience our care. We use scores and metrics, but the real measure of success is in the stories we hear from families. That’s what inspires me.

My research spans diverse areas, which all relate to improving how care is delivered and improving the experience of patients and families.

When I’m not helping patients, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two children. I’m also president of Charlie’s Kids Foundation, which my wife and I founded after the loss of our first son Charlie to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). We are committed to educating families about SIDS and safe sleep for babies – to help prevent other parents from suffering the unthinkable loss of an infant.

Clinical Interests

Inpatient and general cardiology; Cardiac Step-Down Unit; General Cardiology Outpatient Clinic; Interstage Program

Research Interests

Quality improvement; hospital care transitions; readmission

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Single Ventricular Interstage

Blog Posts

Babies Born with a Heart Defect: Resources for Families

BlogHeart Conditions

Babies Born with a Heart Defect: Resources for Families

By Adam Powell, MD2/10/2020

Parents Form Charlies Kids Foundation After Losing Son to SIDS

BlogFeatured Faces

Parents Form Charlie’s Kids Foundation After Losing Son to SIDS

By Dr. Sam Hanke10/25/2013

My Locations

My Education

BS: University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, 2002.

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

Residency: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2009.

Chief Residency: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2010.

Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2010-2013.

Certification: Pediatrics, 2009.

My Publications

Selected Publication

Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitor Prescription for Patients With Single Ventricle Physiology Enrolled in the NPC-QIC Registry. Hansen, JE; Brown, DW; Hanke, SP; Bates, KE; Tweddell, JS; Hill, G; Anderson, JB. Journal of the American Heart Association : Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Disease. 2020; 9.

Clinically Asymptomatic Sleep-Disordered Breathing in Infants with Single-Ventricle Physiology. Stamm, RW; Henry, BM; Sawnani, H; Simakajornboon, N; Rulong, G; Ollberding, NJ; Hanke, SP; Dye, TJ; Cooper, DS. (2020) Elsevier BV. 218:92-97.

Development of a System to Measure and Improve Outcomes in Congenital Heart Disease: Heart Institute Safety, Quality, and Value Program. Clarke-Myers, K; Cooper, DS; Hanke, SP; Storey, J; McDonald, M; Kimball, TR; Anderson, JB. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. 2019; 45:495-501.

Power of a Learning Network in Congenital Heart Disease. Anderson, JB; Brown, DW; Lihn, S; Mangeot, C; Bates, KE; Van Bergen, AH; Rudd, NA; Hanke, S; Tweddell, J; Lannon, C; et al. World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Hearth Surgery. 2019; 10:66-71.

Collective quality improvement in the paediatric cardiology acute care unit: establishment of the Pediatric Acute Care Cardiology Collaborative (PAC(3)). Kipps, AK; Cassidy, SC; Strohacker, CM; Graupe, M; Bates, KE; McLellan, MC; Harahsheh, AS; Hanke, SP; Tanel, RE; Schachtner, SK; et al. Cardiology in the Young. 2018; 28:1019-1023.

Risk Factors for Unanticipated Readmissions During the Interstage: A Report From the National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative. Hanke, SP; Joy, B; Riddle, E; Ravishankar, C; Peterson, LE; King, E; Mangeot, C; Brown, DW; Schoettker, P; Anderson, JB; et al. Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2016; 28:803-814.

Digoxin Use Is Associated With Reduced Interstage Mortality in Patients With No History of Arrhythmia After Stage I Palliation for Single Ventricle Heart Disease. Brown, DW; Mangeot, C; Anderson, JB; Peterson, LE; King, EC; Lihn, SL; Neish, SR; Fleishman, C; Phelps, C; Hanke, S; et al. Journal of the American Heart Association : Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Disease. 2016; 5.

Development of a clinician-parent home care education intervention. Lane, B; Hanke, SP; Giambra, B; Madsen, NL; Staveski, SL. Cardiology in the Young. 2019; 29:1230-1235.

Usability Testing of an Interactive Dashboard for Surgical Quality Improvement in a Large Congenital Heart Center. Wu, DT Y; Vennemeyer, S; Brown, K; Revalee, J; Murdock, P; Salomone, S; France, A; Clarke-Myers, K; Hanke, SP. Applied Clinical Informatics. 2019; 10:859-869.

Quality Metrics and Quality Improvement in Pediatric Heart Failure. Kindel, SJ; Hanke, S; Anderson, JB. In: Jefferies JL; Chang AC; Rossano JW; Shaddy RE; Towbin JA, Ed. Heart Failure in the Child and Young Adult: From Bench to Bedside. San Diego: Elsevier; 2018.