Sumeet S. Vaikunth, MD, MEd

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Sumeet S. Vaikunth, MD, MEd, is an attending cardiologist in the Cardiac Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

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

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - University of Tennessee Health Science Center (Medicine), Memphis, TN

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Cardiologist

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania

Departments and Services

Selected Publications


Vaikunth SS, Lui GK: Heart failure with reduced and preserved ejection fraction in adult congenital heart disease Heart Fail Rev 25(4): 569-581, Jul 2020.




Vaikunth SS, Bykhovsky M, Romfh A, Haeffele CL, Rogers IS, Dong E, Scribner C, Lui GK: 40 year-old male with tricuspid atresia status/post Fontan with severe COVID-19 pneumonia and pneumothorax. JACC Case Rep 3(2): 187-191, Feb 2021.

Posters and Presentations


Vaikunth SS, Leonard MB, Whitehead KK, Goldberg DJ, Rychik J, Zemel BS, Avitabile CM: Deficits in the Functional Muscle-Bone Unit in Youths with Fontan Physiology. J Pediatr, Jun 2021.

Sganga D, Hollander SA, Vaikunth SS, Haeffele C, Bensen R, Navaratnam M, McDonald N, Profita E, Meada K, Concepcion W, Bernstein D, Chen S: Comparison of Combined Heart-Liver versus Heart-only Transplantation in Pediatric and Young Adult Fontan Patients. J Heart Lung Transplant 40(4): 298-306, Apr 2021.


Vaikunth SS, Higgins JP, Concepcion W, Haeffele CL, Wright GE, Chen S, Lui GK, Daugherty T: Does liver biopsy accurately measure fibrosis in Fontan associated liver disease? A comparison of liver biopsy pre-combined heart and liver transplant and liver explant post-transplant. Clin Transplant 34(12): e14120, Dec 2020.


Vaikunth SS, Concepcion W, Daugherty T, Fowler M, Lutchman G, Maeda K, Rosenthal DN, Teuteberg J, Woo YJ, Lui GK: Short-term outcomes of en bloc combined heart and liver transplantation in the failing Fontan. Clin Transplant. Clin Transplant 33(6): e13540, Jun 2019.

Vaikunth SS, Bauser-Heaton H, Lui GK, Wise-Faberowski L, Chan FP, Asija R, Hanley FL, McElhinney DB: Repair of Untreated Older Patients with Tetralogy of Fallot with Major Aortopulmonary Collaterals. Ann Thorac Surg 107(4): 1218-1224, Apr 2019.


Cardarelli M, Vaikunth SS, Mills K, DiSessa T, Molloy FJ, Sauter L, Bowtell K, Rivera R, Shin AY, Novick WM: Cost-Effectiveness of Humanitarian Pediatric Cardiac Surgery in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. JAMA Netw Open 1(7): e184707, Nov 2018.

Vaikunth SS, Williams RG, Uzunyan MY, Tun H, Barton C, Chang PM: Shortterm outcomes following implementation of a dedicated young adult congenital heart disease transition program. Congenit Heart Dis 13(1): 85-91, Jan 2018.


Vaikunth SS, Sepulveda JAS, Shinbane JS, Chang PM: Isolated Double Chambered Right Ventricle in an Adult Imaged with Magnetic Resonance. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg 7(6): 758-760, Nov 2016.

Leadership and Memberships

2018-present, American College of Cardiology (Member)

2012-present, American Heart Association, Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young  (Member)

2012-present, American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on International Child Health and Section on Internal Medicine-Pediatrics  (Member)