Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Welcomes Four Cardiologists to Children's Sibley Heart Center

Specially-trained Pediatric Cardiologists Join Children's Sibley Heart Center

ATLANTA (August 2011) – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta announces the recent addition of four pediatric cardiologists to the Children’s Sibley Heart Center. Members of both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association, Shriprasad Deshpande, M.D., Eric Ferguson, M.D., Matthew Oster, M.D., M.P.H. and Tim Slesnick, M.D.  join the group of 41 pediatric cardiologists who care for patients at the Children’s Sibley Heart Center and 18 locations throughout Georgia.

 “We are excited to welcome these highly-esteemed pediatric cardiologists to the team,” said Robert Campbell, M.D., Chief of Cardiac Services, Children’s Sibley Heart Center. “Specially-trained to care for a pediatric population, each brings an array of expertise that will be an asset to our organization and the patients we serve.”

 Dr.  Deshpande received his medical degree from Lokmanya Tilak Medical College in India and completed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Afterwards, he completed his Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship and the Michael P. Fisher Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) Advanced Fellowship at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, where he received The Unsung Hero Award in 2009. His areas of interests include: cardiac critical care, heart failure, biomarkers in heart failure, mechanical support of heart failure and education.

 Dr. Ferguson received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina and completed his residency at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.  He completed his Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic and Advanced Cardiac Imaging Fellowship at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  A recipient of the American Society of Echocardiography’s 2011 Mentorship Award, Dr. Fergusson’s special areas of interest include: cardiac imaging, evaluating LV mechanics, functional stress echocardiography and pediatric aortic and mitral valve regurgitation.

Dr. Oster received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of California in San Francisco.   He later completed his Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship and his Advanced Fellowship in Health Outcomes Research at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  Dr. Oster is a recipient of the Pediatric Teaching Award and the Vanderbilt Biomedical Engineering Program Award. His areas of interest include: outcomes research, quality improvement, prevention of congenital heart disease and public health.

 Dr.  Slesnick received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He later completed his residency in the Department of Pediatrics and his fellowship in the Department of Pediatric Cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital. During his fellowship, he was selected as the Russell Blattner Endowed Fellowship recipient. In 2009 he was honored with the prestigious Dan McNamara Teaching Award for Outstanding Faculty Educator in the Section of Cardiology.   Dr. Slesnick’s areas of interest include: cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and echocardiography.

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About Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has been 100 percent dedicated to kids for more than 100 years. A not-for-profit organization, Children’s is dedicated to making kids better today and healthier tomorrow. Our specialized care helps children get better faster and live healthier lives. Managing more than 870,000 patient visits annually at three hospitals and 27 neighborhood locations, Children’s is the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia and one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support since 1915, Children’s has impacted the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world. Visit for more information.

About the Children’s Sibley Heart Center 
Treating more than 35,000 children annually, the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Sibley Heart Center provides comprehensive cardiac services for congenital and acquired heart disease from infancy through young adulthood, as well as prenatal diagnostics. Ranked one of the country’s top pediatric cardiac programs by U.S.News & World Report, the Sibley Heart Center is recognized for innovative treatments and leading‐edge research. Visit or call 404‐256‐2593 or 800‐542‐2233 for more information.

Tags: General News, Cardiology
Published: Monday, August 01, 2011