Columbia University Medical Center Research

The Babies Heart Fund is devoted to supporting vital research initiatives to help save and improve the lives of babies and adolescents with congenital heart disease. All donations made to the Babies Heart Fund are used toward funding the innovative research being conducted by Columbia University Medical Center physicians and surgeons to benefit pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery patients across the globe, along with transitional care programs for our rapidly growing population of young adults who require special expertise in both pediatric and adult cardiology care to help them navigate the health care continuum.

While our doctors have made great strides, we are still some years away from fully realizing our goal. With the help of philanthropy, we hope to have the resources necessary for all children to live in a world free of heart disease.

 

Brett Anderson, M.D., M.B.A. Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Columbia University Medical Center Attending Physician NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

Brett Anderson, M.D., M.B.A., M.S.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Columbia University Medical Center
Attending Physician
NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital

Outcomes researcher Dr. Brett Anderson blends her backgrounds in medicine, business, and statistics to study the quality and value associated with management of pediatric heart disease. She has published numerous papers on cost-effectiveness and timing of surgical operations, receiving national acclaim and funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the BHF. Dr. Anderson leads a nationwide investigation that employs direct video observation of operating surgeons to examine how their technical skills and institutional variation can impact surgical outcomes. Dr. Anderson received a K-Physician Award in 2017, leading her one step closer to a highly-coveted RO1 Award. These awards are of the up-most importance to a physician-scientist and the BHF is proud to have helped her during her journey as a junior physician.

 

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Anjali Chelliah, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Columbia University Medical Center

Dr. Chelliah specializes in non-invasive cardiac imaging, including echocardiography, fetal cardiology, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, and cardiac computed tomography. Her research interests include using 3D printing to guide CHD surgery, minimizing radiation exposure in children with CHD, and using fetal and pediatric echocardiography to predict and improve clinical outcomes.

 

 

 

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Matthew Crystal, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Columbia University Medical Center
Attending Physician
NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital

We honored Dr. Matt Crystal with the 2017 Babies Heart Fund Research Award, providing him with $20,000 to advance his fetal cardiac intervention program. Fetal cardiac intervention involves fetal procedures that partially repair heart defects prior to birth, thus improving cardiac development and overall outcomes after birth. Dr. Crystal’s pioneering research seeks to develop non-surgical therapies for congenital heart disease, while establishing the safest interventions for our youngest patients: those still in the womb.

 

 

David Kalfa, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Columbia University Medical Center
Pediatric and Congenital Cardiac Surgeon
NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital

Dr. David Kalfa’s research made great strides in the last year, due in large part to BHF funding. Dr. Kalfa focuses on valve technologies that reduce patient risk and improve long-term outcomes, including a new approach to ‘growing’ cardiac tissue for repair and the replacement of injured heart structures.

                                     

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Teresa Lee, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Columbia University Medical Center
Attending Physician
NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital

Dr. Lee is conducting trailblazing stem cell research in congenital heart disease, in which she studies how causal genetic mutations manifest in the heart at the cellular level. She developed a new technique to study a patient’s he

art cells in a petri dish to investigate why the muscle is not working as it should. (This includes the process of reprogramming fibroblasts to become induced pluripotent stem cells that can then be converted into any other cell type.) Through greater understanding from this research of precisely what goes wrong with the heart cells, doctors and researchers will have a better roadmap for optimally treating each patient’s unique heart defect. Dr. Lee received a K-Physician Award in 2017, leading her one step closer to a highly-coveted RO1 Award. These awards are of the up-most importance to a physician-scientist and the BHF is proud to have helped her during her journey as a junior physician.

 

Kimara L. Targoff, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Columbia University Medical Center

Dr. Kimara Targoff received the coveted RO1 award from the NIH, aided by funds from the BHF for her zebrafish lab. The study of zebrafish will help Dr. Targoff determine how specific genes can be used to stimulate the regeneration process; the genes that govern cardiac development can be manipulated to transform stem cells into new heart muscle for replacement in children born with heart defects. Dr. Targoff received a highly-coveted RO1 Award in 2017.

View a short video about Dr. Targoff’s important research: https://www.youtube.com/embed/NcjpCatwrSk

 

 

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