Susan K. Schachtner, MD

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Susan K. Schachtner, MD, is Medical Director of the Cardiac Care Unit at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with expertise in treating newborns with congenital heart defects.

Areas of Expertise: Cardiac evaluation in connective tissue disorders and other systemic disease, Murmurs, Newborns with congenital heart defects, Post-operative ambulatory care
Locations: Main Hospital

Phone: 215-590-4040

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA


Pediatrics - Children's National Medical Center/George Washington University, Washington, DC


Pediatrics - Children's National Medical Center/George Washington University, Washington, DC


Pediatric Cardiology - Children's National Medical Center/George Washington University, Washington, DC
Research Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification

Pediatric Cardiology – American Board of Pediatrics
Pediatrics – American Board of Pediatrics

Additional Training

Guest Investigator - Molecular Hematology Branch, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Cardiologist

Medical Director, Cardiac Care Unit

Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Departments and Services




Bates KE, Madsen NL, Khadr L, Gao Z, Crawford K, Gaies M, Graupe M, Hanke SP, Hlavacek AM, Morell E, Pasquali SK, Russell JL, Schachtner SK, Tanel RE, Ware AL, Kipps AK.: Center Variation in Chest Tube Duration and Length of Stay After Congenital Heart Surgery. Ann Thorac Surg July 2020(110): 221-227, July 2020 Notes: Epub 2019 Nov 21.


Kipps, AK; Cassidy, Steven; Strohacker, Courtney; Graupe, Margaret; Bates, Katherine; McLellan, Mary;  Harahsheh, Ashraf; Henke, Samuel; Tanel, Ronn; Schachtner, Susan; Gaies, Michael; Madsen, Nicolas.: Collective quality improvement in the Pediatric CardiologyAcute Care Unit: Establishment of the Pediatric Acute CareCardiology Collaborative (PAC3). Cardiol Young 28(8), Aug 2018.


Elias MD, Glatz AC, O'Connor MJ, Schachtner S, Ravishankar C, Mascio CE, Cohen MS: Prevalence and Risk Factors for Pericardial Effusions Requiring Readmission After Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Pediatr Cardiol Epub ahead of print, Nov 2016.


Taichman, DB, Schachtner, SK, Li, Y, Puri MC, Bernstein, A, Baldwin, HS: A unique pattern of Tiel expression in the developing murine lung. Exp Lung Res 29(2): 113-122, Mar 2003.


Taichman DB, Loomes KM, Schachtner SK, Guttentag S, Vu C, Williams P, Oakey RJ, Baldwin HS.  Notch1 and Jagged1 expression by the developing pulmonary vasculature. Dev Dyn. 2002 Oct;225(2):166-75. PMID: 12242716


Badran S, Schachtner SK, Baldwin HS, Rome JJ. Optimization of adenoviral vector-mediated gene transfer to pulmonary arteries in newborn swine. Hum Gene Ther. 2000 May 20;11(8):1113-21. PMID: 10834614

Schachtner SK, Wang Y, Scott Baldwin H. Qualitative and quantitative analysis of embryonic pulmonary vessel formation. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2000 Feb;22(2):157-65. PMID: 10657936

Schwarz, MA, Zhang, F, Lane, JE, Schachtner, S, Jin, Y, Deutsch, G, Starnes, V, Pitt, BR: Angiogenesis and morphogenesis of murine fetal distal lung in an allograft model. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol 278(5): L1000-7, May 2000.


Schachtner S, Buck C, Bergelson J, Baldwin H. Temporally regulated expression patterns following in utero adenovirus-mediated gene transfer. Gene Ther. 1999 Jul;6(7):1249-57. PMID: 10455433


Schachter, Sk, Rome, JJ, Hoyt, RF, Virmani R, Dichek, DA: In vivo adenovirus-mediated gene transfer via the pulmonary arteries of rats.  Circulation Research 76(5): 701-709, May 1995.


Rome, JJ, Shayani V, Newman, KD, Farrell (Schachtner), SK, Lee, SW, Virmani R, Dichek, DA: Adenoviral vector-mediated gene transfer into sheep arteries using a double-balloon catheter. Human Gene Therapy 6: 1249-1258, 1994.



Gardner MM, Faerber J, Preminger T, Avitabile CM, Shankar S, Schachtner S, Glatz AC, Ravishankar C, Goldberg DJ: Relationship Between Brain-type Natriuretic Peptide And Serum Growth Factors In Infants With Single Ventricle Heart Disease And Shunt- Or Ductal-dependent Pulmonary Blood Flow. AHA Scientific Sessions 2020 Nov. 2020.


Bates KE, Madsen NL, Khadr L, Gao Z, Donohue J, Crawford K, Gaies MG, Graupe M, Hanke SP, Hlavacek AM, Morell E, Pasquali SK, Russell JL, Schachtner S, Tanel RE, Ware AL, Kipps AK: Variation in Chest Tube Duration and Length of Stay across Centers in the Pediatric Acute Care Cardiology Collaborative and Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium. Helen B. Taussig Award Lecture, AHA Scientific Sessions 2018 Nov 2018.




Goldmuntz E, Schachter S, D'Allesandro L, Peyvandi S: Genetics of Abnormal Cardiac Development in Pediatric Practice: Cardiology. McGraw Hill 2012.

Posters and Presentations

Invited Lectures


Schachter SK. "Implementing Quality Improvement within the Various Venues of Pediatric Cardiovascular Care" Cardiology 2020, Orlando FL. Feb 2020.


Schachter SK. "Standardization of workup and management of hematochezia among neonates in a cardiac transitional unit." PAC3/PC4 Conference. Nov 2019.

Schachter SK. "The Effect of a Visual Aid in Promoting Readiness for Discharge: The R.A.C.E.C.A.R. Discharge Roadmap" CHOP Quality and Patient Safety Day. May 2019.

Schachter SK. "Inpatient Cardiac Registry Data Quality Project Development" Pediatric Acute Care Cardiology Spring Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA. May 2019.

Schachter SK. "Palivizumab Compliance in the Cardiac Care Unit" Cardiology 2019, Huntington Beach, CA. Feb 2019.

Schachter SK. "Pediatric Acute Care Cardiology Collaborative" Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Cardiology 2019 , Huntington Beach, CA. Feb 2019.

Awards and Honors

2012, Main Line Today Top Doctors
2002-2003, Ethel Brown Foerderer Fund Fellow
1997-2003, Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (K08), National Institutes of Health
1997, Parker B. Francis Fellowship Award (Declined duplication of funding)
1997-1998, Mary L. Smith Award/WW Smith Charitable Trust
1986-1989, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, University of Iowa College of Medicine
1986, College of Medicine Student Research Fellowship
1985-1989, University Honors Scholarship
1985, University of Iowa Honors Convocation

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

2015-present, Pediatric Acute Care Cardiac Collaborative (PAC3)
 - 2015-present, Executive Committee
 - 2015-present, Database Committee, Chair

Academic and Institutional Committees

2018-present, CCU Harm Prevention Steering Committee
2017-present, Chest Tube Duration Project PAC3 Leadership Committee
2017-present, CCU Discharge Optimization QI Project Committee Lead
2017-present, Cardiac Center Quality Improvement Program Steering Committee
2015-present, Unit Leader Partners
2014-present, Cardiology Fellowship Clinical Competency Committee
2014-present, Cardiac Data Governance and Reporting Committee