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Associate Director, Cardiac MR, Heart Institute

Medical Director, Coronary Clinic, Heart Institute

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

"In my practice, I think of the family, the patient and the providers as all part of the medical team. Families, and what they see on a day-to-day basis, are extremely vital in how we manage the individual patient."

My Biography & Research


I am a pediatric cardiologist with special interest in acquired and congenital coronary artery disease. I also have a specialized training in noninvasive imaging, which includes echocardiography and advanced imaging such as cardiac MRI and cardiac CT.

I was inspired to become a provider by the special bond we get to have with patients and families. I enjoy the complexity of congenital heart disease, but more important is getting to watch a vast majority of these patients go on to live happy, healthy lives.

I am the associate director of the Cardiac MRI Program, where we perform approximately 900 cardiac MRIs per year. I am also the medical director of the Pediatric Coronary Artery Clinic. This is the only dedicated program in the Midwest region specializing in congenital and acquired coronary artery disease in pediatric patients.

In my practice, I think of the family, the patient and the providers as all part of the medical team. Families, and what they see on a day-to-day basis, are extremely vital in how we manage the individual patient.

In addition to patient care, I’m involved in research and medical education. My research focuses on advanced imaging technologies and how they may help predict outcomes. I'm involved in a number of projects in patients with Kawasaki disease and congenital coronary artery abnormalities. During my career, I’m honored to have received resident, fellow and faculty teaching awards recognizing my dedication to teaching trainees.

Outside the hospital, I enjoy spending time with my wife and our three boys.

Clinical Interests

Pediatric cardiology; cardiac magnetic resonance imaging; echocardiography; cardiology consult service; general cardiology outpatient clinic

Research Interests

Appropriate clinical use of echocardiograms; advanced imaging including CMR and CT

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Cardiac MRI, Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia BPD

Research Divisions

Heart, Fibrosis

My Education

MD: Stony Brook University School of Medicine, Stony Brook, NY, 2007.

Residency: Pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, 2010.

Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiology, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, 2013.

Fellowship: Advanced Cardiac Imaging, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, OH, 2014.

My Publications

Cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging derived septal curvature in neonates with bronchopulmonary dysplasia associated pulmonary hypertension. Critser, PJ; Higano, NS; Lang, SM; Kingma, PS; Fleck, RJ; Hirsch, R; Taylor, MD; Woods, JC. Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. 2020; 22.

Echocardiographic versus angiographic measurement of the aortic valve annulus in children undergoing balloon aortic valvuloplasty: Method affects outcomes. Nicholson, GT; Goldstein, BH; Gao, K; Sachdeva, R; Lang, SM; Gillespie, S; Kim, SI H; Petit, CJ. Cardiology in the Young. 2020; 30:1923-1929.

Left Ventricular Magnetic Resonance Imaging Strain Predicts the Onset of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy-Associated Cardiomyopathy. Siddiqui, S; Alsaied, T; Henson, SE; Gandhi, J; Patel, P; Khoury, P; Villa, C; Ryan, TD; Wittekind, SG; Lang, SM; et al. Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging. 2020; 13.

Myocardial fibrosis, diastolic dysfunction and elevated liver stiffness in the Fontan circulation. Alsaied, T; Moore, RA; Lang, SM; Truong, V; Lubert, AM; Veldtman, GR; Averin, K; Dillman, JR; Trout, AT; Mazur, W; et al. Open Heart. 2020; 7:e001434-e001434.

Implementation of a statewide, multisite fetal tele-echocardiography program: evaluation of more than 1100 fetuses over 9 years. Bolin, EH; II, CR T; Best, TH; Zakaria, D; Lang, SM; Boushka, MG; Renno, MS; Heil, LL; Lowery, CL; Bornemeier, RA. Journal of Perinatology. 2020; 40:1524-1530.

Low-Molecular-Weight Heparin vs Warfarin for Thromboprophylaxis in Children With Coronary Artery Aneurysms After Kawasaki Disease: A Pragmatic Registry Trial. Manlhiot, C; Newburger, JW; Low, T; Dahdah, N; Mackie, AS; Raghuveer, G; Giglia, TM; Dallaire, F; Mathew, M; Runeckles, K; et al. (2020) Elsevier BV. 36:1598-1607.

Physician variation in ordering of transthoracic echocardiography in outpatient pediatric cardiac clinics. Stern, KW D; McCracken, CE; Gillespie, SE; Lang, SM; Statile, CJ; Lopez, L; Verghese, GR; Choueiter, NF; Sachdeva, R. Echocardiography: a journal of cardiovascular ultrasound and allied techniques. 2020; 37:1056-1064.

Letter to the Editor. Lang, SM; Bolin, EH; Daily, JA; II, CR T. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 2020; 56:659-660.

Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging evaluation of neonatal bronchopulmonary dysplasia-associated pulmonary hypertension. Critser, PJ; Higano, NS; Tkach, JA; Olson, ES; Spielberg, DR; Kingma, PS; Fleck, RJ; Lang, SM; Moore, RA; Taylor, MD; et al. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2020; 201:73-82.

Conservative gadolinium administration to patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy: decreasing exposure, cost, and time, without change in medical management. Lang, SM; Alsaied, T; Moore, RA; Rattan, M; Ryan, TD; Taylor, MD. International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging. 2019; 35:2213-2219.