Past Fellows

Graduates from our program are successful pediatric cardiologists! They are scientists, teachers, and clinicians.

2013 Graduates

Lindsey Malloy, DO, MPH
Lindsey Malloy, DO, MPH
(2010-2013)

Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Residency: Children’s Mercy Hospital & Clinics, University of Missouri at Kansas City
Research Interests: Biochemical changes caused by aortic aneurysm actin mutations. The aim of this study is to determine the biochemical effects of TAAD mutations on actin monomer and filament function. TAAD mutations may alter actin monomer dynamics and polymerization kinetics in a mutation specific manner. We will determine the effects of one group of actin mutations in vivo on the actin dependent cellular processes and on the inherent biochemical properties of the mutant actins including; ability to exchange bound nucleotide, and filament formation kinetics. Block 2 mutations consist of G158D, R183Q, and R210Q. This data will advance understanding of how TAAD mutations alter elementary actin functions.
Additional Training: 4th Year EP Fellowship at Stanford.
Current Position: 4th Year Fellow.
Area of Expertise: Pediatric Electrophysiology.

2012 Graduates

Benton Ng, MD
Benton Ng, MD
(2009-2012)
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern
Residency: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Research Interests: Heart rate variability in newborns. Heart rate variability is a reflection of the autonomic nervous system. While this has been more extensively studied in adults, there are no normative values for children, especially longitudinally. This study aims to establish norms for heart rate variability in normal newborns from birth to 4 months of age.
Additional Training: Completion of Masters in clinical investigation.  Three month observership at CHOP for cardiac MRI.
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, University of Iowa Children's Hospital, Iowa City, IA.
Area of Expertise: Imaging, including transthoracic echo, transesophageal echo, and cardiac MRI.

2011 Graduates

Scott (Jared) Bentley, DO
Scott (Jared) Bentley, DO
(2008-2011)

Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia
Research Interests: Obstructive sleep apnea (clinical markers of and cardiovascular changes associated with OSA) and childhood obesity.
Additional Training: None
Current Position: Major in the United States Air Force, San Antonio TX
Area of Expertise: General Pediatric Cardiology

Susan Haynes, MD
Susan Haynes, MD
(2008-2011)
Medical School:
Medical University of South Carolina
Residency: University of South Alabama
Research Interests: Hypertension in preterm infants. The first aim of this study is to define hypertension in premature infants who are born at less than 32 weeks gestation. The second aim is to define environmental factors associated with hypertension in this population. The third aim will be to identify genetic polymorphisms (through the Prematurity Project repository at the University of Iowa) associated with the hypertensive phenotype through family studies, twin studies, and case control studies with other premature infants who are not hypertensive.
Additional Training: None
Current Position: Associate, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, Iowa City IA.
Area of Expertise: Interventional Pediatric Cardiology

2010 Graduates

Melissa Agoudemos, MD, PhD
Melissa Agoudemos, MD, PhD
(2007-2010)

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Residency: University of Iowa
Research Interests: Cardiovascular effects in offspring of diabetic mothers.
Additional Training: None
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Pediatric and Fetal Cardiology, Southern Illinois University, Springfield IL
Area of Expertise: Pediatric Echocardiography

Ryan Johnson, MD
Ryan Johnson, MD
(2007-2010)

Medical School: Oregon Health and Science University
Residency: University of Arizona - Tucson
Research Interests: Development of novel indices of right and left ventricular morphology/motion and aortic morphology/motion using 4D MR imaging in pediatric patients with tetralogy of Fallot and connective tissue disorders.
Additional Training: None
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, University of Arizona Medical Center, Tucson AZ
Area of Expertise: General pediatric cardiology

2009 Graduates

Sonali Patel, MD, PhD
Sonali Patel, MD, PhD
(2006-2009)

Medical School: University of Iowa College of Medicine
Residency: University of Iowa
Research Interests: Epidemiology of atherosclerotic heart disease in pediatric patients.
Additional Training: Pediatric Cardiology Research Fellowship, PhD Thesis in Epidemiology
Current Position: Associate, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, Iowa City IA
Area of Expertise: Preventive Cardiology

2008 Graduates

Priti Patel, MBBS, MD
Priti Patel, MBBS, MD
(2005-2008)

Medical School: Sri M.P. Shah Medical College, Jamnagar, India
Residency: JH Stroger Jr Hospital of Cook County, Chicago
Research Interests: Genetic determinants of patent ductus arteriosus in term infants; Gene linkage analysis for familial atrial fibrillation, ventricular arrhythmias, and/or cardiomyopathy
Additional Training: Pediatric Cardiology (interventional cardiac catheterization), Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX
Current Position: OSF Medical Group, Pediatric Cardiology, Peoria IL
Area of Expertise: Interventional cardiac catheterization

Nicholas Von Bergen, MD
Nicholas Von Bergen, MD
(2005-2008)

Medical School: University of Iowa College of Medicine
Residency: University of Iowa
Research Interests: Alterations of heart rate variability as a predictor of sudden cardiac death in the Norwood population; Alterations in reactive oxygen species production in ovine coronary artery smooth muscle cells, mitochondrial and sub-mitochondrial particles in early gestation dexamethasone programmed ewes; Effectiveness of ICDs by indication in children and young adults with congenital heart disease; Exercise related syncope in pediatrics.
Additional Training: Pediatric Cardiology-Visiting Scholar in Pediatric Electrophysiology, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, Iowa City IA.
Area of Expertise: Pediatric Electrophysiology

2007 Graduates

Robert Escalera, MD
Robert Escalera, MD
(2004-2007)

Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Residency: University of California, SF-Fresno
Research Interests: The role of early genetic determinants of Xenopus heart development. Early genetic determinants of Xenopus cardiac development, including the Tbx proteins. Transthoracic echocardiography as a means for further understanding of adult Xenopus cardiac physiology.
Additional Training: None
Current Position: Pediatric Cardiology Associates, Pediatric Fairfax VA
Area of Expertise: General Pediatric Cardiology

2006 Graduates

Benjamin Reinking, MD
Benjamin Reinking, MD
(2003-2006)

Medical School: University of Iowa College of Medicine
Residency: University of Arizona - Tucson
Research Interests: Using high resolution ultrasound to define the cardiac phenotype of small animal models.
Additional Training: Echocardiography – Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford Hospital, Stanford CA
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Director Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory, University of Iowa Children’s Hospital
Area of Expertise: Pediatric Echocardiography

2005 Graduates

Aaron Olson, MD
Aaron Olson, MD
(2002-2005)

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School – Minneapolis and University of Minnesota – Duluth School of Medicine
Residency: University of Chicago Hospital and Clinics, Chicago IL
Research Interests: Signaling pathways in fetal cardiac hypertrophy.
Additional Training: None
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle WA
Area of Expertise: General pediatric cardiology

2004 Graduates

Jeffrey Frazer, MD
Jeffrey Frazer, MD
(2001-2004)

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Residency: University of Arizona, Tucson
Research Interests: Delineating the metabolic and physiologic alterations in cardiovascular function induced by deletion of the gene for the voltage-dependent chloride channel CIC-3.
Additional Training: Interventional Cardiology, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Children’s Hospital of San Diego, University of California-San Diego
Current Position: Pediatric Cardiologist, Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego, San Diego
Area of Expertise: Interventional cardiac catheterization

Past Fellows with Post Fellowship Training


2009 Graduates


Sonali Patel, MD, PhD (2006-2009)

- Additional Training: Pediatric Cardiology Research Fellowship, PhD Thesis in Epidemiology, University of Iowa 2008 Graduates

Priti Patel, MBBS, MD (2005-2008)

- Additional Training: Pediatric Cardiology (interventional cardiac catheterization), Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX

Nicholas Von Bergen, MD (2005-2008)

- Additional Training: Pediatric Cardiology-Visiting Scholar in Pediatric Electrophysiology, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

2006 Graduates


Benjamin Reinking, MD (2003-2006)

- Additional Training: Echocardiography – Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford Hospital, Stanford CA

2004 Graduates


Jeffrey Frazer, MD (2001-2004)

- Additional Training: Interventional Cardiology, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Children’s Hospital of San Diego, University of California-San Diego

 

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