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Erik C Michelfelder, MD

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Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine

Director of Fetal Cardiology. Pediatric Cardiologist, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

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Erik Michelfelder, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine and Director of the Fetal Cardiology Program at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Heart Center. He has been practicing cardiology for 25 years. Dr. Michelfelder’s primary clinical and academic interests are fetal cardiology, congenital heart disease and non-invasive cardiac imaging in children. Prior to joining the Heart Center, he was the Director of the Fetal Heart Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where he worked for 18 years. His current research involves examining echocardiographic predictors of outcome in a number of fetal cardiac conditions, including hypoplastic left heart syndrome, pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum, and transposition of the great arteries. He also has interests in quality and process improvement science and tele-medicine applications in fetal and pediatric cardiology. He is active in the American Society of Echocardiography, American Heart Association and Fetal Heart Society.


Dr. Michelfelder is currently mentoring several postgraduate fellows in a number of topics involving fetal cardiology: prevalence and outcomes in prenatally diagnosed vascular rings, diagnostic accuracy of prenatal diagnosis in single ventricle heart disease, correlation of perinatal "level of care" assignment and clinical outcomes in fetal cardiac disease. He is also working on a study looking at geo-mapping the rate of prenatal diagnosis for major congenital heart disease in Georgia, and socioeconomic/geographic factors associated with failure to prenatally diagnose this condition.

Dr. Michelfelder works closely with the Fetal Heart Society (FHS) on several multicenter studies sponsored by the FHS, including clinical outcomes in d-transposition of the great arteries, clinical outcomes, and findings in prenatally diagnosed corrected transposition of the great arteries. His team is currently proposing an FHS study of clinical outcomes in hypoplastic left heart syndrome with and without restrictive/intact atrial septum.

Research Areas of Interest

  • Fetal cardiac imaging
  • Assessment of fetal cardiac function
  • Quality assurance/process improvement in fetal cardiology
  • Outcomes research in fetal cardiac disease


Medical Degree

  • Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA


  • Pediatrics, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Temple University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA


  • Pediatric Cardiology, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor, MI

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