Advisory Panel

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Dr. V. Mohan Reddy

Chief of the UCSF Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery and co-director of the UCSF Pediatric Heart Center

Dr. V. Mohan Reddy specializes in surgical repair of complex heart defects in newborns, children and adults, with a particular focus on newborns. He has performed pioneering heart surgeries on premature and extremely low birth weight newborns previously believed to be inoperable. Read More...

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Dr. P Venugopal

Awarded Padma Bhushan by Government of India in 1998

Dr. P Venugopal, In 1970-71, subsequent to first post graduate degree in Master of Surgery (MS) which was followed by MCh in cardiovascular thoracic surgery from AIIMS, New Delhi, joined the Faculty of AIIMS. the major part of his career was spent at AIIMS where he rose progressively, serving as the professor, the Head of the Department and then the Dean, before reaching the post of the Director, the highest academic position on offer at AIIMS, on 1 July 2003. Read More...

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Dr. Lilian Su

Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Cardiology. Stanford University School of Medicine

Lillian Su MD is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Cardiology and the Medical Director of the Simulation Program for the Heart Center at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University. Read More...

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Dr. Ashok Muralidaran

Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon

Dr. Ashok Muralidaran is Pediatric and Congenital Cardiac Surgeon at Oregon Health  Science Universty. He earned his medical degree from Madras Medical College in Chennai, India. He completed his residency in General Surgery at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Read More...

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Dr. Venkat Shankar, MD, MBA

Medical Director, Cardiac ICU, Associate Chief, Division of Cardiac Critical Care Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Venkat Shankar is the Medical Director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He did his medical school at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) New Delhi, India. Following medical school, he completed a 3 year pediatric residency at AIIMS and then worked as a senior resident/ Registrar in pediatrics for 3 years before moving to US. Read More...

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R. Krishna Kumar MD, DM, FAHA

Clinical professor and head of the department of pediatric cardiology at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center

Dr. Krishna Kumar is presently a clinical professor and head of the department of pediatric cardiology at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center, Amrita University, Cochin. He first trained in adult cardiology from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi (1989-90) and then did his fellowship in pediatric Cardiology from Children’s Hospital Boston, USA (1994-1996).  Read More...


Dr. Rajesh Sharma

Director - Paediatric Cardiac Surgery, Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, India.

Dr. Rajesh Sharma is the DIRECTOR & HEAD - PEDIATRIC CARDIAC SURGERY; M.S. General Surgery & M.Ch. Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery from All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Her received special Training in the Thoracic Ventricular Assist Device at Berkeley, USA; Interests: Surgery for Transposition of the Great Arteries; Double Switch Operation for Congenitally Corrected Transposition of the great arteries; The Fontan Circulation, Neonatal Cardiac Surgery.

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Dr. Sangeeta Vishwanathan

Consultant Pediatric Cardiologist Apollo Children's Hospital, Chennai, India

MBBS, MRCPCH (UK), CCST in Paediatric Cardiology (UK), MSc Medical Imaging Leeds University. UK (Dist.)

Dr Sangeeta Viswanathan completed her specialist training in pediatrics (2003) and pediatric cardiology (2009) in the UK. Then she worked as a Consultant Pediatric Cardiologist at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, the largest cardiac surgical centre in the UK before returning to India in 2011 to provide good quality care to a large section of society. She is currently attached to Apollo Children’s Hospital, Chennai.

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Dr. Ashish Katewa

Pediatric cardiac surgeon at UN Mehta institute of cardiology and Research Center, Ahmedabad, India

Pediatric cardiac surgeon at UN Mehta institute of cardiology and research Center, Ahmedabad. Assistant Professor, Pediatric Cardiothoracic surgery, B J Medical College, Ahmedabad. Volunteer pediatric cardiac surgeon - “Healing little hearts”, “Open Heart International”. Former Director - Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital, Raipur. Executive committee member, Society of pediatric and congenital heart surgeons of India ( SPCHS)

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Dr. Naveen Swami

Pediatric Cardiothoracic surgeon at Benioff Children Hospital at San Francisco & Oakland

Dr Swami is currently working as Pediatric Cardiothoracic surgeon at Benioff Children Hospital at San Francisco & Oakland. He also serves a teaching post at UCSF medical school. He specialises particularly in neonatal complex congenital heart surgeries. Dr Swami, also perform surgeries on low birthweight neonates with heart defects, redo cardiac operation, adult congenital heart surgeries. Dr Swami is also member of Pediatric heart transplant program at UCSF. Dr. Swami was formally trained and received MCh Cardiothoracic & Vascular surgery degree at PGIMER, one of the premier medical institute in India. Subsequently, he worked at few busy cardiac centres in India & Qatar, before he has joined UCSF, California, USA.

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Michelle Ogawa

Michelle Ogawa, Pediatric nurse practitioner working at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, USA

Michelle Ogawa is a pediatric nurse practitioner working at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. She has been working in the Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Program for the past 16 years. Prior to this, she worked as a bedside nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Dr. Pankaj Agrawal

Director, Neonatal Genomics Program; Physician in Medicine, Division of Newborn Medicine
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Agrawal is a practicing neonatologist at Boston Children's Hospital and also serves as the Director of the Neonatal Genomics Program. In this role, he utilizes exome and genome sequencing technologies and genetic modeling to identify novel genes in babies born with undiagnosed and often fatal conditions, and studies rare neonatal conditions, such as esophageal atresia, interstitial lung disease and metabolic and mitochondrial diseases. Read More...