Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Faculty

Our faculty is a distinguished group of individuals who hail from all over the country and the world. Widely recognized for their excellence and commitment, they are passionate about patient care, scholarship, and teaching. They are frequent invited lecturers at scientific conferences and academic medical centers. Our faculty members have won awards at the local and national levels, for patient care (“Best” lists), research, and teaching. Having trained and worked at some of the finest institutions anywhere, the NYU faculty ensure a breadth and depth of experience that create an outstanding training environment.

Leadership

Frank Cecchin, MD
Andrall E. Pearson Professor of Pediatric Cardiology
Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
Director, Pediatric Cardiology and Director, Pediatric Electrophysiology
frank.cecchin@nyumc.org

Medical Education: East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine
Residency Training: Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine (Pediatrics)
Fellowship Training: Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine (Pediatric Cardiology)
Advanced Fellowship: Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine (Pediatric Electrophysiology)

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Pediatric arrhythmias and electrophysiology
  • Radiofrequency ablation of arrhythmias associated with congenital heart defects
  • Innovative approaches to catheter ablation and device implantations

James Nielsen, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Chief, Pediatric Cardiology
james.nielsen@nyumc.org

Medical Education: Tulane University School of Medicine
Residency Training: Tulane University School of Medicine (Pediatrics)
Fellowship Training: Mt. Sinai Medical Center (Pediatric Cardiology)
Advanced Fellowship: Boston Children’s Hospital (Cardiac MRI)

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Congenital heart disease
  • Advanced imaging modalities for the diagnosis and management of congenital heart disease

Ralph S. Mosca, MD
George E. Reed Professor of Cardiac Surgery
Director, Congenital Cardiac Surgery
ralph.mosca@nyumc.org

Medical Education: SUNY Upstate Medical School
Residency Training: SUNY Syracuse (Upstate) Medical Center
Fellowship Training: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center (Cardiothoracic Surgery)
Advanced Fellowship: University of Michigan Medical Center (Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery)

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Surgical approaches for congenital and pediatric heart disease
  • Adult congenital heart disease

Staff

Cynthia R. Amirtharaj
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
cynthia.amirtharaj@nyumc.org

Medical Education: Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, University of Mumbai
Residency Training: Icahn School of Medicine (Pediatrics)
Fellowship Training: Schneider Children’s Hospital (Pediatric Cardiology)

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Congenital heart disease
  • Pediatric echocardiography

Michael Argilla, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Pediatric & Congenital Interventional Cardiology
michael.argilla@nyumc.org

Medical Education: University of Colorado School of Medicine
Residency Training: NYU Medical Center (Pediatrics)
Fellowship Training: NYU Medical Center (Pediatric Cardiology)
Advanced Fellowship: UCSF Medical Center (Interventional Pediatric Cardiology)

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Pediatric and congenital interventional catheterization

Puneet Bhatla, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
puneet.bhatla@nyumc.org

Medical Education: University of Rajasthan, India
Residency Training: Maimonides Medical Center (Pediatrics)
Fellowship Training: Mount Sinai Medical Center (Pediatric Cardiology)
Advanced Fellowship: Mount Sinai Medical Center (Non-Invasive Imaging)

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Non-invasive imaging: Cardiac MR, fetal and pediatric echocardiography
  • Normative data for quantification of chamber size
  • Segmental approach to congenital heart disease
  • Cardiac intensive care of congenital heart disease patients

Melissa Busovsky-McNeal, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
melissa.busovsky-mcneal@nyumc.org

Medical Education: Indiana University School of Medicine
Residency Training: Indiana University School of Medicine, Riley Hospital for Children (Pediatrics)
Fellowship Training: Yale-New Haven Hospital (Pediatric Cardiology)
Advanced Fellowship: Columbia University Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital (Interventional Pediatric Cardiology)

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Pediatric and congenital interventional catheterization
  • Pediatric cardiac critical care
  • Aviation medicine

Sujata Chakravarti, MD
Director, Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care
sujata.chakravarti@nyumc.org

Medical Education: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Residency Training: Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Fellowship Training: Mount Sinai Medical Center (Pediatric Cardiology)
Advanced Fellowship: Children’s Hospital Boston (Cardiac Critical Care)

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Pediatric cardiac critical care

Anne J. Chun, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Fetal Cardiology Program
anne.chun@nyumc.org

Medical Education: University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Residency Training: University of Chicago Hospitals (Pediatrics)
Fellowship Training: Columbia University Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital (Pediatric Cardiology)

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Non-invasive imaging: fetal and pediatric echocardiography
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Obesity

William A. Coetzee
Professor of Pediatrics, Pharmacology, and Physiology & Neuroscience
Vice-Chair for Research (Pediatrics)
william.coetzee@nyumc.org

Postdoctoral Training:

  • Research Assistant, Department of Physiology, University of Potchefstroom
  • Research Fellow, Department of Physiology, University of Leuven
  • Research Officer, Ischemic Heart Disease Research Unit of South African Medical Research Council, University of Cape Town
  • Senior Research Officer, Ischemic Heart Disease Research Unit of South African Medical Research Council, University of Cape Town
  • Research Fellow and Honorary Lecturer, Department of Biochemistry, United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals

Research Interests:

  • Electrophysiology and molecular biology of cardiovascular membrane ion transport proteins

Gillian L. Henry, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Fellowship Training, Pediatric Cardiology
gillian.henry@nyumc.org

Medical Education: University of the West Indies
Residency Training: The Brooklyn Hospital Center (Pediatrics)
Fellowship Training: NYU Medical Center (Pediatric Cardiology)

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Non-invasive imaging: fetal and pediatric echocardiography
  • Health related quality of life in children with congenital heart disease
  • Health disparities in the care of children with congenital heart disease
  • Development of Pediatric Cardiology services in the Caribbean
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Medical education
  • Medical informatics

Alan Langsner, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
alan.langsner@nyumc.org

Medical Education: Universidad Autonoma De Guadalajara
Residency Training: New York Medical College (Pediatrics),
Fellowship Training: NYU Medical Center (Pediatric Cardiology)

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Congenital heart defects
  • Adult congenital heart disease
  • Medical education

Achiau Ludomirsky, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Chair for Outreach, Department of Pediatrics
achi.ludomirsky@nyumc.org

Medical Education: Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University
Residency Training: Hadassah Hebrew University Hospital
Fellowship Training: Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital (Pediatric Cardiology)

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Congenital heart disease
  • New imaging modalities for the diagnosis and management of congenital heart disease
  • Therapeutic (high-intensity focused) ultrasound for the treatment of congenital heart disease
  • Strain and strain rates measured by non-invasive modalities in the evaluation of ventricular function

Sunil P. Malhotra, MD
Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery
sunil.malhotra@nyumc.org

Medical Education: New York University School of Medicine
Residency Training: NYU Medical Center (General Surgery)
Fellowship Training: NYU Medical Center (Cardiothoracic Surgery)
Advanced Fellowship: UCSF Medical Center; Stanford University Hospital (Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery)

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Surgical approaches for congenital and pediatric heart disease
  • Adult congenital heart disease

Matthew N. Martinez, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
matthew.martinez@nyumc.org

Medical Education: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Residency Training: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Pediatrics)
Fellowship Training: Columbia University Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital
(Pediatric Cardiology)

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Congenital heart defects
  • Non-invasive imaging: fetal and pediatric echocardiography

Colin K. Phoon, MPhil, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Pediatric Cardiology Research
colin.phoon@nyumc.org

Medical Education: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Graduate Education: University of Cambridge (Pharmacology)
Residency Training: Johns Hopkins Hospital (Pediatrics)
Fellowship Training: UCSF Medical Center and Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI), (Pediatric Cardiology)

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Congenital heart defects; fetal and pediatric echocardiography
  • Mitochondrial biology in heart development; Barth syndrome
  • Cardiovascular physiology and morphology in the developing heart
  • History of medicine, history of cardiology

Daniela Y. Rafii, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
daniela.rafii@nyumc.org

Medical Education: Weill Cornell Medical College
Residency Training: New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell Medical Center (Pediatrics)
Fellowship Training: Columbia University Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital (Pediatric Cardiology & Pediatric/Fetal Echocardiography)

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Non-invasive imaging: fetal and pediatric echocardiography

Raj Sahulee, DO
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
raj.sahulee@nyumc.org

Medical Education: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University
Residency Training: St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center, NY (Pediatrics)
Fellowship Training: University of Texas Health Sciences Center – Houston (Pediatric Cardiology)
Advanced Fellowship: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care)

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Pediatric cardiac critical care
  • Medical education

Nurse Practitioners

Diane Reformina, MSN, CFNP
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
diane.reformina@nyumc.org
Nursing Education: University at Buffalo (BSN)
Pace University (MSN, FNP)
Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Outpatient management of children and young adults with congenital heart disease

Abby Walsh, MSN, CPNP
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
abigail.walsh@nyumc.org
Nursing Education: Georgetown University (BSN)
University of Pennsylvania (MSN, PNP)
Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Outpatient management of children and young adults with congenital heart disease
  • Pediatric electrophysiology
  • Cardiac critical care

Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Dan G. Halpern, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Medical Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program
daniel.halpern@nyumc.org

Medical Education: Technion University
Residency Training: Ichilov-Tel Aviv Medical Center; Mount Auburn Hospital
Fellowship Training: Mt. Sinai-St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center (Cardiovascular Disease)
Advanced Fellowship: Children’s Hospital Boston (Adult Congenital Heart Disease)

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Adult congenital heart disease
  • Arrhythmias in Eisenmenger syndrome
  • Marfan syndrome

Catherine Weinberg, MD
Clinical Instructor in Medicine
catherine.weinberg@nyumc.org

Medical Education: St. George’s University School of Medicine
Residency Training: St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center (Internal Medicine)
Fellowship Training: St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center (Cardiovascular Diseases)
Advanced Fellowship: Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (Adult Congenital Heart Disease)

Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Adult congenital heart disease
  • General adult cardiology