Svetlana Shugh, MD
I am a pediatric cardiologist at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital where I specialize in treating patients with heart failure and cardiomyopathy, and those in need of or who have had cardiac transplants. I'm trained in managing patients who require mechanical circulatory support (MCS) to maintain adequate cardiac output. One of my special interests is in the management of cardiomyopathy in patients with neuromuscular diseases.
I knew I wanted to become a physician since childhood, but it was in medical school that I became fascinated with the physiology of the heart and complexity of congenital heart disease. During my fellowship in pediatric cardiology I was drawn to patients who developed heart failure, and became interested in the various techniques to improve their heart function and quality of life.
I have the privilege of working with patients of all ages, ranging from newborns, to older children and young adults who may develop heart failure, cardiomyopathy, or even require MCS (heart pumps) or cardiac transplantation. Guiding patients and their families through these stressful situations and providing therapies to improve their outcomes and quality of life are very important to me.
The majority of patients I care for require life-long care. The heart failure and transplant team often becomes a part of our patients' families as we work closely together creating goals, treatment plans and then following through to make it all happen.
As a parent, I can appreciate the worry and anxiety parents may feel when first meeting our team and the trust they place in our hands to care for their child. I'm proud to work within such a talented multidisciplinary team as we help each family care for their loved one and help them achieve the highest level of health possible.
Related Medical Services
- The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences, 2012
- Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center, 2013, Pediatrics
- Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center, 2015, Pediatrics
- Baylor College Of Medicine, 2018, Pediatric Cardiology
- Finalist for Outstanding Investigator Award – CHOP Cardiology Conference 2017
- Dean’s Special Recognition Award – GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences 2012
- International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
- American Heart Association
- American College of Cardiology
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- Perioperative management of patients with neuromuscular disease after ventricular assist device placement
- Cardiac rehabilitation for pediatric patients with heart failure, post transplant, and with ventricular assist device support
- Expansion of the donor pool for patients with congenital heart disease through improved size matching
- Quality improvement work with ACTION (Advanced Cardiac Therapies Improving Outcomes Network)
- Use of Recipient Total Cardiac Volume to Expand the Donor Pool for Transplant Candidates with Congenital Heart Disease. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Heart Institute Grand Rounds, June 2019
- Expanding the Donor Pool for Transplant Candidates with Congenital Heart Disease: Use of Recipient Total Cardiac Volumes. ISHLT Annual Meeting, April 2019
- Optimizing Outcomes for Pediatric Patients on the Heart Transplant Waitlist: Past, Present, and Future. Lurie Children’s Hospital, February 2019
- Continuous Flow Ventricular Assist Devices and Pancreatic Inflammation. Annual Fellows Conference. Texas Children’s Hospital, June 2018
- Transcatheter Occlusion of PDAs in Premature Infants. TCH Catheterization conference. Texas Children’s Hospital, April 2018
- Anticoagulation in Patients with Ventricular Assist Devices. Heart Failure and Transplant Service educational session. Texas Children’s Hospital, April 2017
- Regional and Seasonal Trends of Kawasaki Disease in the United States. CHOP Cardiology Annual Meeting, February 2017
- Updated Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Kawasaki Disease. Annual Fellows Conference. Texas Children’s Hospital, January 2017
- Aortic Stenosis. Fellows Conference. Texas Children’s Hospital, December 2016
- Ductal Origin of the Pulmonary Artery. TCH Catheterization Conference. Texas Children’s Hospital, November 2016
- Arrhythmias and Other Important ECG Findings. Critical Care Lecture Series. Texas Children’s Hospital, September 2016
- Melody Valve Indications and Considerations. TCH Catheterization Conference. Texas Children’s Hospital, November 2016
- Heart Transplantation. Farrell Rounds. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, April 2015