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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

Clinical Divisions

Heart, Cardiac MRI

Research Divisions

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

Selected Publication

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.

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.

Can virtual heart transplantation via 3-dimensional imaging increase the maximum acceptable donor size?. Szugye, NA; Lorts, A; Zafar, F; Taylor, M; Morales, DL S; Moore, RA. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 2019; 38:331-333.

Cardiac and skeletal muscle effects in the randomized HOPE-Duchenne trial. Taylor, M; Jefferies, J; Byrne, B; Lima, J; Ambale-Venkatesh, B; Ostovaneh, MR; Makkar, R; Goldstein, B; Smith, RR; Fudge, J; et al. Neurology. 2019; 92:e866-e878.

Evaluation of pulmonary artery stenosis in congenital heart disease patients using functional diagnostic parameters: An in vitro study. D'Souza, GA; Banerjee, RK; Taylor, MD. Journal of Biomechanics. 2018; 81:58-67.

Preserving myocardium in muscular dystrophy patients using ACE inhibition. Taylor, MD. Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine. 2018; 28:338-339.

Elevated Myocardial Extracellular Volume Fraction in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Starc, JJ; Moore, RA; Rattan, MS; Villa, CR; Gao, Z; Mazur, W; Jefferies, JL; Taylor, MD. Pediatric Cardiology. 2017; 38:1485-1492.

Applications of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging in sickle cell disease. Niss, O; Taylor, MD. Blood Cells, Molecules, and Diseases. 2017; 67:126-134.

Cardiomyopathy With Restrictive Physiology in Sickle Cell Disease. Niss, O; Quinn, CT; Lane, A; Daily, J; Khoury, PR; Bakeer, N; Kimball, TR; Towbin, JA; Malik, P; Taylor, MD. JACC-Cardiovascular Imaging. 2016; 9:243-252.

Myocardial Fibrosis and Left Ventricular Dysfunction in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Carriers Using Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Lang, SM; Shugh, S; Mazur, W; Sticka, JJ; Rattan, MS; Jefferies, JL; Taylor, MD. Pediatric Cardiology. 2015; 36:1495-1501.