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.
Cardiac Step-Down Unit; preventive cardiology; General Cardiology Outpatient Clinic
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
Heart, Preventive Cardiology