Christine Falkensammer, MD

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Christine Falkensammer, MD, is an attending cardiologist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with expertise in fetal cardiology and newborn congenital heart disease.

Areas of Expertise: Echocardiography, Fetal cardiology, General pediatric cardiology, Newborn congenital heart disease
Locations: Main Hospital; Specialty Care & Surgery Center, Brandywine Valley

Phone: 215-590-4040

Education and Training

Medical School

MD – Medizinische Universitaet Innsbruck, Austria

Internship

Pediatrics - Miami Children's Hospital, Miami, FL

Residency

Pediatrics – Miami Children’s Hospital, Miami, FL

Fellowship

Pediatric Cardiology – Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX
Non-Invasive Imaging - Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX

Board Certification

Pediatric Cardiology
Pediatrics

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Cardiologist

Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Perlman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Departments and Services

Publications

Papers

2019

Goudar SP, Zak V, Atz AM, Altmann K, Colan SD, Falkensammer CB, Friedberg MK, Frommelt M, Hill KD, Hsu DT, Levine JC, Margossian R, Mart CR, Sticka J, Shrader P, Shirali G; Pediatric Heart Network Investigators.: Comparison of echocardiographic measurements to invasive measurements of diastolic function in infants with single ventricle physiology: a report from the Pediatric Heart Network Infant Single Ventricle Trial. Cardiol Young 29(10): 1248-1256, Oct 2019.

2017

Brian S. Snarr, Michael Y. Liu, Jeremy C. Zuckerberg, Christine B. Falkensammer, Sumekala Nadaraj, Danielle Burstein, Deborah Ho, Monique A. Gardner, Arene Butto, Stanford G. Ewing,  Natesa G. Pandian, Anirban Banerjee: The Parasternal Short-Axis View Improves Diagnostic Accuracy for Inferior Sinus Venosus Type of Atrial Septal Defects by Transthoracic Echocardiography. Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography January 2017.

Kirkpatrick EC, Steltzer J, Simpson P, Pan A, Dragulescu A, Falkensammer CB, Gelehrter S, Lai WW, Levine J, Miller S, Miller TA, Pruetz J, Sachdeva R, Thacker, D, Frommelt P: Pulmonary Vein Doppler Patterns in Infants with Single Right Ventricle Anomalies After Initial Staged Palliations. Pediatr Cardiol 38(6): 1288-1295, Aug 2017.

2015

Conlon T, Falkensammer C, Hammond R, Nadkarni V, Berg R, Topjian A: Association of Left Ventricular Systolic Function and Vasopressor Support with Survival Following Pediatric Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine 16(2): 146-154.  Feb 2015.

2014

Davey BT, Donofrio MT, Moon-Grady AJ, Fifer CG, Cuneo BF, Falkensammer CB, Szwast AL, Rychik J: Development and Validation of a Fetal Cardiovascular Disease Severity Scale. Pediatric Cardiology. Pediatric Cardiology 35(7): 1174-1180, May 2014.

2008

Falkensammer CB, Ayres NA, Altman CA, Bezod LI, Eidem BW, Ge S, Kovalchin JP: Fetal Cardiac Malposition: Incidence and Outcome of Associated Cardiac and Extracardiac Malformations. American Journal of Perinatology 25(5): 277-81, May 2008 Notes: doi: 10.1055/s-2008-1066874.

Falkensammer CB, Heinle JS, Chang AC.: Serial Plasma BNP Levels in Assessing Inadequate Left Ventricular decompression on ECMO. Pediatric Cardiology 29(4): 808-11, July 2008 Notes: doi: 10.1007/s00246-008-9222-3.

2005

Jordanova N, Gyongyosi M, Khorsand A, Falkensammer C, Zorn G. Wojta J, Huber K: New cut-off values of cardiac markers for risk stratification of angina pectoris. International Journal of Cardiology 2005.

2003

Donofrio MT, Bremer YA, Schieken RM, Gennings C, Morton LD, Eidem BW, Cetta F, Falkensammer CB, Huhta JC, Kleinman CS: Autoregulation of Cerebral Blood Flow in Fetuses with Congenital Heart Disease: The Brain Sparing Effect. Pediatric Cardiology 24(5): 436-43, Sept-Oct 2003.

2001

Falkensammer C, Paul JJ, Huhta JC: Fetal congestive heart failure:correlation of Tei-index and Cardiovascular-score. Journal of Perinatal Medicine 29(5): 390-8, 2001.

Abstracts

2020

K. Chaszczweski, J. DiFrancesco, C. Pascua, A. Banerjee, S. Ewing, C.B. Falkensammer, D. Goldberg, E. Goldmuntz, M. Jolley, L. Mercer-Rosa, M. O'Connor, L. Rogers, J. Savla, A. Shillingford, A. Szwast, S. Fuller, M. Cohen, M. Quartermain, S. Natarajan: Implementing a Quality Improvement Tool to Systematically Identify Discrepancies between Preoperative Echocardiographic Findings and Intraoperative Inspection in Pediatric Patients Undergoing Repair for Congenital Heart Defects. American Society of Echocardiography 2020.

C.B. Falkensammer, Z. Tian, M.A. Harris, L. Mercer-Rosa, J. Rychik: Natural history, associated findings and outcome of prenatally diagnosed ventricular aneurysms. International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology World Congress 2020 2020.

2019

R. Punn, C. B. Falkensammer et al: Mortality in Pediatric Patients on Venoarterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation - A multicenter Investigation. American Society of Echocardiography 2019.

Books

Chapters

2018

Lisa K Hornberger, Christine B. Falkensammer: Fetal Cardiology. Rudolph's Pediatrics 23rd edition 2018.

Posters and Presentations

Invited Lectures

2019

Falkensammer C. "Complex Fetal Heart Cases and What We Learned". Focus on the Fetus 2019; Philadelphia, PA. Nov 2019.

Awards and Honors

2013, Top Doctor in Pediatric Cardiology, Main Line Today
2006, Young Investigator Award Finalist:American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial Positions

2019-present, Reviewer, JACC: Case Reports
2019-present, Reviewer, Prenatal Diagnosis

Academic and Institutional Committees

2016-present, Cardiac Center Educational Work Group
2016-present, Cardiac Center QI Governance Committee
2016-present, Fetal Heart Program Quality Control Review, Leader

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

International

2020-present, International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology

National

2013-present, Pediatric Heart Network
 - 2013-present, Writing Committee
2006-present, American Society of Echocardiography
2001-present, American Academy of Pediatrics