Abhay Ashok Divekar, MD $$

Pediatric Cardiologist

Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center

Languages Spoken:
English Marathi,Hindi


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Abhay Divekar, M.D., is a pediatric cardiologist at Children’s Health℠ and Professor at UT Southwestern. He specializes in interventional cardiology, a heart specialty that uses catheter-based treatments to treat congenital heart disease, structural heart disease and other heart conditions. Dr. Divekar is passionate about caring for children using the latest minimally invasive methods. 

He earned his medical degree from Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College. Dr. Divekar completed his residency training in pediatrics at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. He also completed his pediatric cardiology fellowship training at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Divekar completed an additional advanced fellowship training in interventional cardiology and cardiac critical care at the University of Michigan, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

I know I am successful not when I make a diagnosis or treat the disease, but when the child and family think of me as a friend and not a doctor..
Dr. Divekar

“I have the privilege to help someone every day,” says Dr. Divekar. “I live by the mantra – Where there is a will, there is a way! I know I am successful not when I make a diagnosis or treat the disease, but when the child and family think of me as a friend and not a doctor; that is the reward I strive for.” 

Dr. Divekar is an active researcher, working to improve interventional cardiology techniques that positively impact patient care. His research has been published in numerous journals, and he has given presentations to other pediatric cardiologists internationally. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Pediatric and Congenital Interventional Cardiovascular Society.

Dr. Divekar enjoys going on RV trips with his family, running, biking and listening to audiobooks.

Education and Training

Medical School
Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College (1993)
Brooklyn Hospital Center (Inc) (1997), Pediatrics
KEM Hospital (1995), Pediatrics
University of Michigan (2001), Interventional Pediatric Cardiology
University of Michigan (2001), Pediatric Critical Care
NYU Langone Medical Center (2000), Pediatric Cardiology
Board Certification
American Board of Pediatrics/Pediatric Cardiology

Departments and Programs

  • Research Interests

    • Large animal research (developing clinically relevant animal models)
  • Publications

    • Variation in the outer diameter of vascular sheaths commonly used in infant cardiac catheterization. Mathis C, Romans R, Divekar A, Catheterization and cardiovascular interventions : official journal of the Society for Cardiac Angiography & Interventions 2020 09 96 3 620-625
    • Neonatal repair of persistent fifth aortic arch and aortic coarctation. Divekar AA, Sebastian VA, JTCVS techniques 2020 Dec 4 245-246
    • Presumptive Neonatal Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children Associated with Coronavirus Disease 2019. Divekar AA, Patamasucon P, Benjamin JS, American journal of perinatology 2021 05 38 6 632-636
  • Professional Activities

    • American College of Cardiology
    • Pediatric and Congenital Interventional Cardiovascular Society
    • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
    • Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions
  • Awards and Honors

    • Golden Apple Mercy Mentor of the Year 2017-2018, Children's Mercy Hospital
    • United States Patent (20140081240A1): Method of Delivering Vectors to Pancreas and Lungs by Cannulating the Aorta 2015
    • Faculty Excellence in Coaching Award 2014, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    • Top Doctor 2011-2012, Castle Connolly

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