Catherine M. Ikemba, M.D., is a pediatric cardiologist at Children’s Health℠ who specializes in echocardiography and fetal echocardiography. She is also Director of the Fetal Heart Program at Children’s Health and a professor of pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
Dr. Ikemba earned her medical degree at the University of Southern California and completed her pediatric residency at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. She served a three-year fellowship in cardiology and a one-year fellowship in perinatal cardiology at Texas Children’s Hospital, where she also received advanced training in echocardiography.
We provide comprehensive care from planning before birth and into adulthood.
Dr. Ikemba’s clinical interests include echocardiography, fetal echocardiography and congenital heart disease. As Director of the Fetal Heart Program, she has helped Children’s Health become the first program to achieve Joint Commission accreditation in fetal heart care. She also participates in multicenter research projects with the Fetal Heart Society and National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative.
“I like the continuity from seeing children in the womb, meeting them after birth, watching them grow up in clinic,” says Dr. Ikemba. “We provide comprehensive care from planning before birth and into adulthood.”
She has been named a Mom-Approved Doctor by North Texas Child magazine. She also received the Faculty Teaching Award from UT Southwestern 2011 - 12.
In her free time, Dr. Ikemba enjoys swimming, hot yoga and attending her daughters’ soccer games.
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Education and Training
- Medical School
- University of Southern California (1996)
- Montefiore Medical Center - Weiler Division (1999), Pediatrics
- Texas Childrens Hospital (2003), Cardiac Advanced Imaging
Texas Childrens Hospital (2002), Pediatric Cardiology
- Board Certification
- American Board of Pediatrics/Pediatric Cardiology
- Genetic Disorders
- Fetal arrhythmia
- Fetal heart disease
- Transthoracic vs transesophageal imaging of the atrial septum in the pediatric population
- Prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease and the effect of a prenatal diagnosis on parental attachment and anxiety
- Acute Adaptation to Volume Unloading of the Functional Single Ventricle in Children Undergoing Bidirectional Glenn Anastomosis., Ikemba CM, Lemler M, Roi L, Su JT, Bezold LI, Chang A, McKenzie ED, Fraser CD Jr. Congenital Heart Disease 2009 4 76-80
- Noninvasive Perinatal Cardiology, Part 1, Prenatal Interventions, Ikemba CM Pediatric Society of Greater Dallas September 2008 Third Quarter
- Fetal rhabdomyoma causing postnatal critical left ventricular outflow tract obstruction, Ikemba CM, Eidem BW, Dimas VV, O’Day MP, Fraser CD Jr. Annals of Thoracic Surgery October 2005 80(4) 1529
- Mitral valve morphology and morbidity/mortality in Shone’s Complex, Ikemba CM, Eidem BW, Fraley JK, Eapen RS, Pignatelli R, Ayres NA, Bezold Ll The American Journal of Cardiology 2005 95 541-543
- Myocardial performance index with sevoflurane/pancuronium versus fentanyl/midazolam/pancuronium in infants with a functional single ventricle, Ikemba CM, Su JT, Stayer SA, Miller-Hance WC, Eidem BW, Bezold LI, Hall SR, Havemann LM, Andropoulos DB Anesthesiology 2004 101 1298-1305
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- American College of Cardiology
- American Heart Association
- American Society of Echocardiography
- Fetal Heart Society
Awards and Honors
- D Magazine Best Doctor, 2018, 2022
- D Magazine Best Pediatric Specialist 2020
- Mom Approved Doctor 2012, North Texas Child Magazine
- Faculty Teaching Award 2011-2012, UT Southwestern Children's Medical Center
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