A photo of Adam Powell.

Pediatric Cardiologist, Outreach & Cardiopulmonary Exercise Lab

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

Biography & Affiliation


I am a general pediatric cardiologist with a special interest in pediatric exercise cardiology and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. I was drawn to my career by the complexity and significance of the heart, and I enjoy the relationships that develop with patients and families while working through these complicated and sometimes frightening issues.

I see patients in western Cincinnati, southeastern Indiana and the Burnet Campus. My mission is to help the patient any way I can. Heart conditions can be alarming, especially when it’s your child. I try to do everything in my power to lessen this anxiety.

My research focuses on understanding the exercise function in children with congenital heart disease, pediatric cancers and inherited genetic conditions. In addition, I am trying to better characterize how healthy hearts in children respond to exercise.

I was honored to receive the First Place Fellow-In-Training Research Award at the annual meeting for the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Cardiology in 2017, and the 2018 Travel Award from the Pediatric Blood & Marrow Transplant Consortium Annual Meeting. During my time in the Air Force, I served as an active-duty physician and achieved the rank of major. I was awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal.

I spend most of my free time chasing my four young children around and helping coach them in youth soccer and basketball. I also enjoy running and watching sports. I ran cross country and played basketball in college, earning the team MVP in cross country my senior year.

Clinical Interests

Outpatient cardiology; cardiopulmonary exercise testing; cardiopulmonary rehabilitation

Research Interests

Cardiopulmonary exercise testing in congenital and acquired heart disease; hematological and oncological disorders and genetic disease

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Research Divisions


Blog Posts

Musculoskeletal Chest Pain in Kids: What Can Be Done About It?

BlogHealthy Living

Musculoskeletal Chest Pain in Kids: What Can Be Done About It?

By Adam Powell, MD7/16/2019


MD: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, 2008.

Residency: Pediatrics, Wright State University/Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH, 2011.

Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2018.


Selected Publication

The Unique Clinical Phenotype and Exercise Adaptation of Fontan Patients With Normal Exercise Capacity. Powell, AW; Chin, C; Alsaied, T; Rossiter, HB; Wittekind, S; Mays, WA; Lubert, A; Veldtman, G. Canadian Journal of Cardiology. 2020; 36:1499-1507.

Heart Rate Responses During Exercise by Dominant Ventricle in Pediatric and Young Adult Patients With a Fontan Circulation. Powell, AW; Veldtman, G. Canadian Journal of Cardiology. 2020; 36:1508-1515.

Functional Capacity Is Affected by Younger Age of Repair in Tetralogy of Fallot Patients But Not by Era of Repair. Powell, AW; Mays, WA; Chin, C. World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Hearth Surgery. 2019; 10:715-721.

Abnormal submaximal cardiopulmonary exercise parameters predict impaired peak exercise performance in sickle cell anemia patients. Powell, AW; Alsaied, T; Niss, O; Fleck, RJ; Malik, P; Quinn, CT; Mays, WA; Taylor, MD; Chin, C. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2019; 66.

Pulmonary effects on exercise testing in tetralogy of Fallot patients repaired with a transannular patch. Powell, AW; Mays, WA; Knecht, SK; Chin, C. Cardiology in the Young. 2019; 29:133-139.

Cardiopulmonary Aerobic Fitness Assessment During Maximal and Submaximal Exercise Testing in Pediatric Oncology Patients After Chemotherapy. Powell, AW; Nagarajan, R; Mays, WA; Chin, C; Knilans, TK; Knecht, SK; Amos, MA; Gerdes, YM; Ryan, TD. American Journal of Clinical Oncology: cancer clinical trials. 2018; 41:1058-1061.

Cardiopulmonary fitness assessment on maximal and submaximal exercise testing in patients with Fabry disease. Powell, AW; Jefferies, JL; Hopkin, RJ; Mays, WA; Goa, Z; Chin, C. American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A. 2018; 176:1852-1857.

Left Ventricular Noncompaction With Muscular Ventricular Septal Defect in Mother and Son. Powell, AW; Taylor, MD; Jefferies, JL. World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Hearth Surgery. 2017; 8:396-397.

Incorrect ventricular lead placement into the systemic right ventricle of a patient with D-transposition of the great vessels after Mustard procedure. Powell, AW; Kimball, TR. Cardiology in the Young. 2017; 27:394-397.

Inversion of the left atrial appendage in an asymptomatic newborn without prior cardiac surgery. Powell, A; Taylor, MD; Cottrill, CM; Jefferies, JL. European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging. 2016; 17:1438-1438.