At the time Cheryl Kurer, MD, was choosing a medical specialty, a new drug was available to stabilize the heartbeats of newborn infants with life-threatening heart disease until life-sustaining surgeries — also newly developed — could be performed. She was hooked.
“The fields of congenital heart surgery, noninvasive imaging and interventional cardiology were poised to take quantum leaps forward,” Dr. Kurer says.
During her years of practice, she has relished being able to help her patients benefit from those advances.
The management of cardiac arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat, is especially rewarding to Dr. Kurer. Arrhythmias vary in cause and severity, and treatment options range from pharmaceuticals to electrical devices to surgery.
Diagnosing children’s heart conditions, identifying the appropriate treatments, and watching her patients improve make pediatric cardiology a fulfilling vocation for Dr. Kurer.
Dr. Kurer continues to welcome new leaps forward, as well: “The field is advancing to employ less invasive techniques for managing congenital heart disease whenever possible,” she says.
Practicing at CHOP means that Dr. Kurer can always offer her patients the most advanced treatments available.
Children with heart disease often need to be monitored and treated throughout their lives, which gives Dr. Kurer the opportunity to build long-lasting relationships with her patients and their families. Maintaining these relationships is an important part of her practice.
“I want every family to feel that their child and the entire family is fully supported throughout the diagnosis and management of their child's heart disease,” Dr. Kurer says. “We have a large team of healthcare providers who are wholly dedicated to this process.”
Education and Training
MD - Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
Pediatrics - The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY
Pediatrics - The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY
Pediatric Cardiology - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Pediatric Cardiology – American Board of PediatricsPediatrics – American Board of Pediatrics
Titles and Academic Titles
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Mahadeo K, Dhall G, Kurer CC : Exacerbation of anthracycline-induced early chronic cardiomyopathy with ATRA; Role of B-Type Natriuretic Peptide as an Indicator of Cardiac Dysfunction. Journal of Pediatric Hematology / Oncology 32(3): 134-136, 2010.
Rosenblatt M, Pasquale J, Kurer CC : Atrioventricular Canal Defect, Pulmonary Artery Sling and Aortic Arch anomaly in a Patient with Down Syndrome. Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography doi:10.1177/8756479309351747, April 2010.
Kürer CC, Tanner CS, Vetter VL: Electrophysiologic findings after Fontan repair of functional single ventricle. J Am Coll Cardiol 17: 174 - 181, 1991.
Kürer CC, Vetter V: Electrophysiology After Fontan Repair of Tricuspid Atresia. Tricuspid Atresia, 2nd edition P. Syamasundar Rao (eds.). Futura Publishing Co. Inc, Mt. Kisco, NY. Page: 387-400, 1992.
Kürer CC, Wagner HR: Pediatric Cardiac Emergency Care Cardiac Emergency Care, the 4th edition. Lea & Febiger Publishing Co, Philadelphia, PA. Page: 347-361, 1991.
Vetter VL, Kürer CC: Mitral Valve Prolapse Current Pediatric Therapy. 13th Edition. Gellis, S and Kagen, B (eds.). Saunders Company, Philadelphia, PA, Page: 145-146, 1990.
Awards and Honors
2020, America's Most Honored Doctors - American Registry
2020, Castle Connolly Jersey's Best - Top Doctors
2019-2021, Castle Connolly Top Doctors, New York Metro Area
2017-2018, 2020, Castle Connolly Exceptional Women in Medicine
2013, 2017, New Jersey's Favorite Kids' Docs, New Jersey Family Magazine
2011, Top Doctors: US News and World Report
2011, New Jersey Most Recommended Physicians, National Consumers Survey
2010, 2013-2018, Inside NJ Top Doctors for Children's Health
2003-2019, 2021, Castle Connolly Top Doctors, New Brunswick
1981-1982, James Ryland & Georgia A. Kendrick Fellowship for post baccalaureate study from Vassar College
1980-1981, Eloise Ellery Fellowship for post baccalaureate study from Vassar College
1979, Phi Beta Kappa Award, Valedictorian, Vassar College
1979, Harriet Gurnee Van Allen Prize in Biology, Vassar College
1977, Kate Roberts Prize in Biology, Vassar College
Leadership and Memberships
Memberships in Professional Organizations
1993-present, American College of Cardiology, Fellow
1990-present, American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow
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