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Chet R. Villa, MD

  • Pediatric Cardiologist, Heart Failure & Transplantation
  • Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
I care for children with complex medical needs and severe heart disease. This includes children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy...



Children with severe heart disease once had few clinical options. While we’ve made many advances, it’s still critical that we improve therapeutic options and develop new approaches.

At Cincinnati Children’s, I care for children with complex medical needs and severe heart disease. This includes children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, RASopathies, and those in need of ventricular assist device therapy and heart transplant.

My research is focused on finding ways to provide care to children and young adults with heart disease who have limited access to advanced therapies.

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Racial and socioeconomic disparities in pediatric heart transplant outcomes in the era of anti-thymocyte globulin induction. Carlo, WF; Padilla, LA; Xu, W; Carboni, MP; Kleinmahon, JA; Sparks, JP; Rudraraju, R; Villa, CR; Singh, TP. Journal of Heart Transplantation. 2022.

Echocardiography Provides a Reliable Estimate of Total Cardiac Volume for Pediatric Heart Transplantation. Szugye, NA; Shuler, JM; Pradhan, S; Plasencia, JD; Villa, C; Taylor, M; Lorts, A; Zafar, F; Morales, DL S; Moore, RA. Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography. 2022.

Initial Multi-Center Experience with Ventricular Assist Devices in Children and Young Adults with Muscular Dystrophy: An ACTION Registry Analysis. Nandi, D; Auerbach, SR; Bansal, N; Buchholz, H; Conway, J; Esteso, P; Kaufman, BD; Lal, AK; Law, SP; Lorts, A; et al. Journal of Heart Transplantation. 2022.

Decreased Risk of Strokes in Children with Ventricular Assist Devices Within ACTION. Peng, DM; Shezad, MF; Lorts, A; Gajarski, RJ; VanderPluym, C; Murray, JM; Hawkins, B; Villa, CR; Zafar, F; Rosenthal, DN. Pediatric Cardiology. 2022; 43:1379-1382.

Comparing donor and recipient total cardiac volume predicts risk of short-term adverse outcomes following heart transplantation. Szugye, NA; Moore, RA; Dani, A; Ollberding, NJ; Villa, C; Lorts, A; Plasencia, JD; Taylor, MD; Morales, DL S; Zafar, F. Journal of Heart Transplantation. 2022.

Current Practices in Treating Cardiomyopathy and Heart Failure in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD): Understanding Care Practices in Order to Optimize DMD Heart Failure Through ACTION. Villa, C; Auerbach, SR; Bansal, N; Birnbaum, BF; Conway, J; Esteso, P; Gambetta, K; Hall, EK; Kaufman, BD; Kirmani, S; et al. Pediatric Cardiology. 2022; 43:977-985.

Mechanical support for the failing single ventricle after Fontan. Villa, C; Greenberg, JW; Morales, DL S. JTCVS techniques. 2022; 13:174-181.

Abdominal CT and MRI Findings of Portal Hypertension in Children and Adults with Fontan Circulation. Zafar, F; Lubert, AM; Trout, AT; Katz, DA; Palermo, JJ; Opotowsky, AR; Lorts, A; Chin, C; Powell, AW; Villa, CR; et al. Radiology. 2022; 303:557-565.

Heart Transplantation in Children With Down Syndrome. Godown, J; Fountain, D; Bansal, N; Ameduri, R; Anderson, S; Beasley, G; Burstein, D; Knecht, K; Molina, K; Pye, S; et al. Journal of the American Heart Association. 2022; 11.

Obesity and loss of ambulation are associated with lower extremity oedema in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Freytag, JM; Ryan, TD; Bange, JE; Bonarrigo, KC; Chouteau, WA; Wittekind, SG; Tian, C; Gao, Z; Villa, CR. Cardiology in the Young. 2022; 1-6.

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