Robert E. Shaddy, MD, is Chief of the Division of Cardiology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and holds the Jennifer Terker Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiology. He is Professor of Pediatrics and Vice Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Shaddy brings more than 25 years of experience as a cardiologist caring for children with heart failure to his role as one of the leaders of the transplant program. The team includes more than 20 doctors, nurse practitioners, social workers, physical therapists and others, all with expertise in transplant patients. Dr. Shaddy has been conducting research into pediatric heart failure and transplantation since the beginning of his career and today is a nationally recognized expert. He lectures on heart failure, heart transplantation and other topics at conferences around the country and the world, and is a member of the International Pediatric Transplant Association, the Society for Pediatric Research, and numerous other professional societies.
Dr. Shaddy’s extensive research encompasses such topics as the use of echocardiography and other imaging in pediatric heart patients; the effectiveness of certain pharmaceutical drugs in treating heart failure in children; transplant coronary artery disease; the use of ventricular assist devices in pediatric patients; and more.
He has published more than 120 articles in such journals as Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Transplantation, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Circulation and The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. He has authored or co-authored 15 book chapters for textbooks used by medical students and practicing physicians, and authored or co-authored three books about heart defects and heart failure.
Dr. Shaddy received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass., and his medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, Neb. He completed an internship and a residency in pediatrics at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, and a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at the Cardiovascular Research Institute, University of California, San Francisco