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Director, Advanced Imaging Innovation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


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My Biography & Research


I have always been fascinated by the potential of modern engineering, physics and technology for solving complicated problems. Specifically, I’m interested in applying these tools to diagnose and treat cardiac disease.

I trained in physics during medical school and my work in graduate school included studies of how the heart muscle uses glucose both in health and disease. I believe our ability to determine properties of the cell using noninvasive imaging techniques is one of the most fascinating advances in medicine.

At Cincinnati Children’s, I serve as director of Advanced Imaging Innovation within the Heart Institute. I am also part of the Cincinnati Children’s Imaging Research Center.

Our research is focused on determining whether changes in the properties of heart muscle — as imaged by cardiac magnetic resonance (MR) — can provide accurate diagnosis and important prognosis for pediatric cardiology patients. We have ongoing studies that include Duchenne muscular dystrophy, heart transplantation, single ventricle and myocarditis patients. We have also studied the changes in heart muscle in sickle cell disease and bone marrow transplant patients.

My clinical focus is noninvasive imaging of congenital and acquired heart disease. I am interested in cardiac MR, computed tomography and positron emission tomography.

Clinical Interests

Cardiac MRI; cardiac CT; and echocardiography; Cardiology Consult Service

Research Interests

Myocardial metabolism; animal models of heart failure; positron emission tomography

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Heart, Cardiac MRI, Cardiology, Imaging, Heart

My Education

MD: University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 2001.

PhD: Medical Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 2001.

Residency: Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 2003.

Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 2006.

Certification: Pediatrics, 2005.

Certification: Pediatric Cardiology, 2006.

My Publications

Effects of Normal Variation in the Rotational Position of the Aortic Root on Hemodynamics and Tissue Biomechanics of the Thoracic Aorta. Sundstrom, E; Jonnagiri, R; Gutmark-Little, I; Gutmark, E; Critser, P; Taylor, MD; Tretter, JT. Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology. 2020; 11:47-58.

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.

mDixon ECG-gated 3-dimensional cardiovascular magnetic resonance angiography in patients with congenital cardiovascular disease. Kourtidou, S; Jones, MR; Moore, RA; Tretter, JT; Ollberding, NJ; Crotty, EJ; Rattan, MS; Fleck, RJ; Taylor, MD. Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. 2019; 21.

In Vivo Remodeling of an Extracellular Matrix Cardiac Patch in an Ovine Model. Baker, RS; Zafar, F; Kimura, N; Knilans, T; Osinska, H; Robbins, J; Taylor, M; Morales, DL S. ASAIO Journal. 2019; 65:744-752.

Commentary: An unusual case of crossing coronaries. Taylor, MD. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2019; 158:e111-e112.

Methodology for Hemodynamic Assessment of a Three-Dimensional Printed Patient- Specific Vascular Test Device. D'Souza, GA; Taylor, MD; Banerjee, RK. Journal of Medical Devices, Transactions of the ASME. 2019; 13.

Assessment of liver T1 mapping in fontan patients and its correlation with magnetic resonance elastography-derived liver stiffness. Ramachandran, P; Serai, SD; Veldtman, GR; Lang, SM; Mazur, W; Trout, AT; Dillman, JR; Fleck, RJ; Taylor, MD; Alsaied, T; et al. Abdominal Radiology. 2019; 44:2403-2408.

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.

Anatomical predictors of conduction damage after transcatheter implantation of the aortic valve. Tretter, JT; Mori, S; Anderson, RH; Taylor, MD; Ollberding, N; Truong, V; Choo, J; Kereiakes, D; Mazur, W. Open Heart. 2019; 6:e000972-e000972.