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Medical Director, Heart Institute

Medical Director, Acute Care Cardiology Unit

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

513-636-5476

Board Certified

"In my practice, I consider myself to be in the service of the patient. I find great joy and fulfillment in partnering with children to help them optimize their health for today and well into the future."

About Me

Biography

I am a pediatric cardiologist who specializes in the care of children and adolescents who are hospitalized with a heart condition. I also care for adult cardiac patients who are hospitalized. I am particularly focused on the needs of patients after cardiac surgery, as well as those patients with complex cardiac conditions who require hospitalization for a medical reason.

I was drawn to my career by the mission of the work — the opportunity to play a small but crucial role in the health and well-being of others is a rare privilege. I have great respect for the alliance between the child, the parent and the caregiver. It is a relationship to be honored and cherished.

In my practice, I consider myself to be in the service of the patient. I find great joy and fulfillment in partnering with children to help them optimize their health for today and well into the future.

I am the medical director of Cincinnati Children’s Camp Joyful Hearts, a summer camp for 8- to 18-year-olds with congenital heart disease (CHD), and also the Heart Institute Family Camp. We are always happy to accept new children and families to join us at the next camp.

In addition to patient care, I’m involved in research. I’m particularly interested in two areas. One is improving the care and outcomes of children after cardiac surgery, and the other is optimizing the long-term health of children with CHD, especially as it relates to their risk for more common health conditions of adulthood such as metabolic syndrome and mental health disorders.

When I’m not helping patients or engaged in research, I enjoy spending time with my family — especially when that time is spent outdoors.

Additional Languages

Danish

Clinical Interests

Cardiac Step-Down Unit; preventive cardiology; General Cardiology Outpatient Clinic

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Heart, Preventive Cardiology



Blog Posts

A Connection Between Dementia and Congenital Heart Disease

BlogHeart Conditions

A Connection Between Dementia and Congenital Heart Disease

By Dr. Nicolas Madsen3/13/2018

6 Questions to Ask When Your Child Complains of Chest Pain

BlogHealthy Living

6 Questions to Ask When Your Child Complains of Chest Pain

By Dr. Nicolas Madsen7/16/2014

Testing Recommended

BlogChildhood Obesity

Testing Recommended: High Cholesterol Can Occur in Childhood

By Dr. Nicolas Madsen3/13/2014

My Locations

My Education

MD: University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, 2005.

MPH: University of Washington School of Public Health, Seattle, WA, 2011.

Residency: Pediatrics, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA.

Fellowship: Cardiology, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA.

My Publications

Risk factors and lifelong impact of community-acquired pneumonia in congenital heart disease. Evers, PD; Farkas, DK; Khoury, M; Olsen, M; Madsen, NL. Cardiology in the Young. 2021; 31:446-451.

Comparison of Economic Self-Sufficiency and Educational Attainment in Adults With Congenital Heart Disease Versus Siblings Without Heart Disease and to General Population. Madsen, NL; Marino, BS; Woo, JG; Olsen, M. American Journal of Cardiology. 2020; 135:135-142.

Health literacy and caregiver understanding in the CHD population. Rodts, ME; Unaka, NI; Statile, CJ; Madsen, NL. Cardiology in the Young. 2020; 30:1439-1444.

Intensive Care Unit and Acute Care Unit Length of Stay After Congenital Heart Surgery. Hart, SA; Tanel, RE; Kipps, AK; Hoerst, AK; Graupe, MA; Cassidy, SC; Hlavacek, AM; Clabby, ML; Bush, LB; Zhang, W; et al. (2020) 110:1396-1403.

Reaching the paediatric chest pain audience outside of ambulatory clinic using internet-based education. Powell, AW; Ritzenthaler, Z; Powell, KW; Camper, R; Madsen, NL. BMJ Paediatrics Open. 2020; 4.

Time series evaluation of improvement interventions to reduce alarm notifications in a paediatric hospital. Pater, CM; Sosa, TK; Boyer, J; Cable, R; Egan, M; Knilans, TK; Schondelmeyer, AC; Schuler, CL; Madsen, NL. BMJ Quality and Safety. 2020; 29:717-726.

Center Variation in Chest Tube Duration and Length of Stay After Congenital Heart Surgery. Bates, KE; Madsen, NL; Khadr, L; Gao, Z; Crawford, K; Gaies, M; Graupe, M; Hanke, SP; Hlavacek, AM; Morell, E; et al. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2020; 110:221-227.

The Pediatric Heart Network Residual Lesion Score Study: Design and objectives. Nathan, M; Trachtenberg, FL; Van, RM I; Gaynor, W; Kanter, K; Ohye, R; Bacha, EA; Tweddell, J; Schwartz, SM; Minich, LL; et al. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2020; 160:218-223.e1.

Congenital Heart Disease and Risk of Central Nervous System Infections: A Nationwide Cohort Study. Bagge, CN; Smit, J; Madsen, NL; Olsen, M. Pediatric Cardiology. 2020; 41:869-876.

Reduction in myocardial strain is evident in adolescents and young adults with obesity and type 2 diabetes. Haley, JE; Zhiqian, G; Philip, KR; Nicolas, ML; Thomas, KR; Lawrence, DM; Elaine, UM. Pediatric Diabetes. 2020; 21:243-250.