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Ritu Sachdeva, MD

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Medical Director, Cardiovascular Imaging Research Core (CIRC)
Pediatric Cardiologist
Children’s Sibley Heart Center

Department of Pediatrics
Emory University School of Medicine

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Ritu Sachdeva, MD is a Professor at the Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics. She went to Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India for her medical school. She did her Pediatric residency at the University of Illinois, Chicago followed by Pediatric Cardiology fellowship at Mayo Clinic, Rochester. Prior to joining Emory in July 2012, she served as the Director of Echocardiography and Director of Continuing Medical Education at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She was also the recipient of the Betty Lowe endowed Chair in Pediatric Education. Her clinical focus has been pediatric echocardiography and she has always been actively involved with education and research endeavors. Currently she is serving as the Medical Director of Cardiovascular Imaging Research Core (CIRC) at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In this role she has been expanding the on-going research endeavors and developing new collaborations within the institution as well as with other institutions. Her research activities relate to the use of echocardiography in defining morphometric predictors of outcomes in various cardiac lesions and application of novel technologies in evaluating cardiac function. These novel technologies include Doppler tissue imaging, strain and strain rate imaging and three-dimensional echocardiography. She has also established a program for non-invasive assessment of vascular function in pediatric patients. This includes assessment of carotid intima-medial thickness, endothelial function assessment using brachial flow-mediated dilation, and measurement of arterial stiffness using applanation tonometry. The CIRC lab is now one of the handful programs in the country to possess these unique capabilities and is actively engaged in projects using these novel techniques in kids to assess their vascular function. With the help of her team at CIRC, Dr. Sachdeva aims at providing high quality, non-invasive cardiac imaging support for investigators involved in research involving pediatric patients.


Areas of Interest

Transthoracic echocardiography
Transesophageal echocardiography
Fetal echocardiography
Vascular ultrasound

Research Center(s)