Pediatric Heart Specialists



From pre-admission contact to post-surgical follow-up, our goal is to provide your child and family with the highest quality clinical care. At the core of our unique approach to cardiac care are experienced, multidisciplinary teams of expert pediatric clinicians collaborating at specialized Centers of Excellence.

Meet our center’s specialists:

Our cardiologists are faculty in the Division of Cardiology in the Department of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Our cardiovascular-thoracic surgeons are faculty in the Division of Cardiac Surgery at the Feinberg School. Our cardiac care intensivists are faculty in the divisions of Critical Care and Pediatric Cardiology in the Department of Pediatrics at the Feinberg School. Our cardiac anesthesiologists are faculty in the Department of Anesthesia at the Feinberg School.

The center also offers compassionate pediatric nurses, skilled technologists and dedicated support staff. As part of our family-centered approach to care, Family Services provides many resources to help navigate your healthcare experience with us. Our comprehensive team includes administrative staff to assist with insurance certification, coordinate patient admissions and hospital paperwork, and serve as a liaison for directed blood donations and pre-operative scheduling.

Carl L. Backer, MD

Carl L. Backer, MD

Division Head, Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery; Surgical Director, Heart Transplant Program; A.C. Buehler Professor of Surgery

  • Seeing Patients at 1 Location
Stuart Berger, MD

Stuart Berger, MD

Executive Director, Heart Center; Interim Division Head, Cardiology; Vice Chair, Clinical Affairs, Department of Pediatrics

  • Seeing Patients at 1 Location

Kenneth M. Brady, MD

Division Head, Cardiac Anesthesia; Intensivist, Regenstein Cardiac Care Unit (Effective October 1, 2018)

  • Seeing Patients at 1 Location
Joseph M. Forbess, MD, MBA

Joseph M. Forbess, MD, MBA

Associate Division Head, Pediatric Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery; Surgical Director, Single Ventricle Reconstruction Program

  • Seeing Patients at 1 Location
Kiona Y. Allen, MD

Kiona Y. Allen, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiology

  • Seeing Patients at 1 Location
Guilherme Baptista De Faria, MD

Guilherme Baptista De Faria, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiology

  • Seeing Patients at 5 Locations
Joseph A. Camarda, MD

Joseph A. Camarda, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiology

  • Seeing Patients at 2 Locations
Michael R. Carr, MD

Michael R. Carr, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiology; Fellowship Program Director

  • Seeing Patients at 4 Locations
Ahmad Sami Chaouki, MD, PhD

Ahmad S. Chaouki, MD, PhD

Attending Physician, Cardiology

  • Seeing Patients at 2 Locations
R. Andrew de Freitas, MD

R. Andrew de Freitas, MD

Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease

  • Seeing Patients at 1 Location

Osama M. Eltayeb, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiovascular-thoracic Surgery

  • Seeing Patients at 1 Location
Conrad L. Epting, MD

Conrad L. Epting, MD, FAAP

Attending Physician, Critical Care

  • Seeing Patients at 1 Location
Lisa W. Forbess, MD

Lisa W. Forbess, MD

Medical Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease

  • Seeing Patients at 1 Location
Katheryn E. Gambetta, MD

Katheryn E. Gambetta, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiology

  • Seeing Patients at 3 Locations
Nina L. Gotteiner, MD

Nina L. Gotteiner, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiology; Co-Director, Fetal Cardiology, The Chicago Institute for Fetal Health

  • Seeing Patients at 2 Locations
Amanda L. Hauck, MD

Amanda L. Hauck, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiology

  • Seeing Patients at 2 Locations
Nazia Husain, MD

Nazia Husain, MPH, MBBS

Attending Physician, Cardiology

  • Seeing Patients at 4 Locations
Joyce T. Johnson, MD

Joyce T. Johnson, MD, MSCI

Attending Physician, Cardiology

  • Seeing Patients at 2 Locations

Anna G. Joong, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiology

  • Seeing Patients at 2 Locations

Asma Khan, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiology

  • Seeing Patients at 2 Locations
Paul J. Kim, MD

Paul J. Kim, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiology

  • Seeing Patients at 5 Locations
Peter R. Koenig, MD

Peter R. Koenig, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiology

  • Seeing Patients at 3 Locations
Bradley S. Marino, MD, MPP, MSCE

Bradley S. Marino, MD, MPP, MSCE

Attending Physician, Cardiology; Co-Director, Research and Academic Affairs, Heart Center

  • Seeing Patients at 1 Location
Amanda Marma, MD

Amanda Marma, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiology

  • Seeing Patients at 1 Location
Mary E. McBride, MD

Mary E. McBride, MD, FAAP, MEd

Attending Physician, Cardiology; Associate Fellowship Program Director

  • Seeing Patients at 1 Location
Michael C. Monge, MD

Michael C. Monge, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery

  • Seeing Patients at 1 Location
Isabella I. Mukherji, MD

Isabella I. Mukherji, MD

Attending Physician, Anesthesiology

  • Seeing Patients at 1 Location
Elfriede Pahl, MD

Elfriede Pahl, MD

Medical Director, Heart Transplant Program; Marvin E. Wodika Professor of Cardiology; Co-Director, Research and Academic Affairs, Heart Center

  • Seeing Patients at 1 Location
Angira Patel, MD, MPH

Angira Patel, MD, MPH

Attending Physician, Cardiology

  • Seeing Patients at 3 Locations
Sheetal R. Patel, MD

Sheetal R. Patel, MD, FAAP

Program Co-Director, Fetal/Neonatal Cardiology; Attending Physician, Cardiology

  • Seeing Patients at 3 Locations

Michael Perez, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiology

  • Seeing Patients at 3 Locations
Joshua D. Robinson, MD

Joshua D. Robinson, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiology; Associate Director, Cardiac Imaging

  • Seeing Patients at 2 Locations
Tania L. Saroli, MD

Tania L. Saroli, MD, CM

Attending Physician, Cardiology

  • Seeing Patients at 2 Locations
Farshad Sedaghat-Yazdi, MD

Farshad Sedaghat-Yazdi, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiology

  • Seeing Patients at 5 Locations
Lisa E. Sohn, MD

Lisa E. Sohn, MD

Director, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety; Attending Physician, Anesthesiology

  • Seeing Patients at 1 Location
Paul Tannous, MD, PhD

Paul Tannous, MD, PhD

Attending Physician, Cardiology

  • Seeing Patients at 1 Location
Philip T. Thrush, MD

Philip T. Thrush, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiology

  • Seeing Patients at 2 Locations
Sabrina Tsao, MD, MBBS

Sabrina Tsao, MD, MBBS

Attending physician, Cardiology; Director of Electrophysiology, Pediatric Cardiology

  • Seeing Patients at 2 Locations
George R. Verghese, MD, MBA

George R. Verghese, MD, MBA

Attending Physician, Cardiology

  • Seeing Patients at 3 Locations
Dolores A. Vitullo, MD

Dolores A. Vitullo, MD

Attending Physician, Cardiology; Clinical Practice Director

  • Seeing Patients at 2 Locations
Eric L. Wald, MD, MSCI

Eric L. Wald, MD, MSCI

Attending Physician, Critical Care

  • Seeing Patients at 1 Location
Kendra M. Ward, MD, MS

Kendra M. Ward, MD, MS

Director, Cardiopulmonary Exercise Lab; Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation Program; Director, Preventive Cardiology Program; Attending Physician, Cardiology

  • Seeing Patients at 4 Locations
David Wax, MD

David Wax, MD

Director, Interventional Catheterization

  • Seeing Patients at 1 Location
R. Gregory Webster, MD, MPH

R. Gregory Webster, MD, MPH

Director, Electrocardiogram Laboratory

  • Seeing Patients at 2 Locations

Carrie Alden, MSN, APN, NP, CPNP, AC/PC

Director, Advanced Practice Providers and Nursing, Heart Center

  • Seeing Patients at 1 Location

Stephanie Messerschmidt, APN, NP

Family Nurse Practitioner, Cardiac Critical Care

  • Seeing Patients at 1 Location

Allison Reichhold, APN, NP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Cardiac Critical Care

  • Seeing Patients at 1 Location

Guy R. Randolph, MD

Member, Children's Community Physicians Association

  • Seeing Patients at 9 Locations

Justin N. Uhl, MD

Member, Children’s Community Physicians Association

  • Seeing Patients at 9 Locations

Thomas J. Weigel, MD

Member, Children's Community Physicians Association

  • Seeing Patients at 9 Locations