Omonigho Ekhomu, MD, MSCR, FAAP

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Omonigho Ekhomu, MD, MSCR, FAAP, is a house physician with the Cardiac Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  

Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)


Omonigho Ekhomu, MD, MSCR, FAAP, received her BS in Biological Sciences with minor in Chemistry and Writing. Subsequently, received her MD from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She completed her residency from John H. Stroger Hospital residency program and her cardiology fellowship from Rush Children’s Hospital. She is particularly interested in interventional cardiac catheterization. She is Board Certified with the American Board of Pediatrics.

Dr. Ekhomu has a passion for research and obtained her Master of Science in Clinical Research. She worked as a research assistant in our ECHO lab with Dr. Laura Mercer-Rosa analyzing a Tetralogy of Fallot co-hort. She received training in Echo software technology and Tomtec for measuring right atrial and single ventricle strain.

Dr. Ekhomu is passionate about improving pediatric welfare, community and public health. In addition, she enjoys community service, participating in medical missions and mentoring for local minority high school students.

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL


Pedaitrics - John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, IL


Pediatric Cardiology - Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Board Certification

Pediatrics – American Board of Pediatrics

Graduate Degree

MS in Clinical Research

Titles and Academic Titles

House Physician

Departments and Services




Ekhomu O, Faerber JA., Wang Y, Huang J, Duc Mai A, DiLorenzo MP, Bhatt SM, Avitabile CM, Mercer-Rosa L. “Right atrial function early after tetralogy of Fallot repair” Accepted to Int J Cardiovasc Imaging. DOI : 10.1007/s10554-022-02595-y. Mar 2022.


D’Souza R, Wang Y, Calderon-Anyosa RJC, Montero AE, Banerjee MM, Ekhomu O, Matsubara D, Mercer-Rosa L, Agger P, Sato T, Banerjee A. “Decreased right ventricular longitudinal strain in children with

hypoplastic left heart syndrome during staged repair and follow-up: does it have implications in clinically stable patients?” Int J Cardiovas Imag Journal.




Paul N Severin MD, Jessica L Jacobson BCPS, BCPPS, Omonigho Ekhomu MD, Krishna Kishore Umapathi MD, Naheed, Zahra MD and Sawsan Awad MD, MSc. Pharmacological Therapy in Pediatric Cardiology. Book, co-authored chapter, currently in pre-publishing phase. May 2020.

Posters and Presentations


Omonigho Ekhomu MD, Saif Aljemmali MD, MS, John Bokowski PhD, RDCS, Joshua J Murphy MD, FSCAI. Exploring relationships between echocardiographic parameters and cardiac catheterization findings in

patients with PDAs. Poster presented at Pediatric and Adult Interventional Cardiac Symposium 2021 (PICS). Jul 2021.

Omonigho Ekhomu MD, John Bokowski PhD, RDCS, Joshua J Murphy MD, FSCAI. An Atrial Septal Defect, Eisenmenger’s and a Baby; the Conundrum of care. (Poster presented at American College of Cardiology’s 70th 2021 Annual Scientific Session Conference under Complex Clinical Cases category).  May 2021.


Ekhomu, O; Merecer-Rosa, L. Changes in Right Atrial Deformation in early postoperative period after Tetralogy of Fallot Repair. Prospective cohort study of TOF patients in early post-operative period. Examining changes in different echocardiographic parameters especially right atrial strain in understanding evolution of diastolic dysfunction in this subset of patients. Presented as poster at Cardiology 2019 Conference at two different sessions. Manuscript is being prepared for official submission. Spet 2019.

Awards and Honors

2014, Slum2School West Africa, Outstanding Volunteer Award
2013, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) State Honors Award
2011, Chicago Pediatric Society Annual Resident Unusual Case Vignette Competition Top 5 Finalist
2007-2009, Joseph Collins Scholarship Foundation
2008, NAMME Central Region Scholarship
2005, Who's Who Among Students In American Colleges And Universities
2004, Phi Sigma Chapter of Beta Lambda Biological Science Honors Society
2004, Departmental Honors In Biological Sciences, Illinois State University
2004, Certificate In University Honors, Illinois State University
2003, LS-AMP Merit Scholarship
2003, Golden Key Honor Society
2001, National Society Of Collegiate Scholars

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

2012, American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow