Merick Maxwell Yamada, MD $$

Pediatric Cardiologist

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UT Southwestern Pediatric Group


Merick Yamada, M.D., is a Pediatric Cardiologist at Children’s Health℠, board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology, with specialties including cardiac imaging and fetal echocardiography. She also focuses on preventative cardiology, helping patients manage early warning signs of heart disease, like high blood pressure and high cholesterol, to reduce the risk of developing heart problems later in life. 

I am passionate about Pediatric Cardiology because it encompasses a mix of complex congenital heart disease and education on general healthy lifestyle skills.
Dr. Yamada

Dr. Yamada earned her medical degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Children’s Hospital and her fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at Duke University Medical Center.  

Dr. Yamada is dedicated to quality improvement in pediatric cardiology and has been involved in many projects that aim to make care as effective and easy on patients as possible. She is also an educator who has given lectures on many topics, including diagnosing hypoplastic left heart syndrome and educating first responders on best practices in caring for people with congenital heart disease. She is a member of the Society of Pediatric Echocardiography and the American Society of Echocardiography.  

“I am passionate about Pediatric Cardiology because it encompasses a mix of complex congenital heart disease and education on general healthy lifestyle skills,” she says. “I love to work with children and build long-term relationships with families. I genuinely care about their health and well-being and want them to feel comfortable during our visits and well-educated about their diagnosis.”

Outside of work, Dr. Yamada enjoys traveling and living an active lifestyle. 

Education and Training

Medical School
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (2015)
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine (2018), Pediatrics
Duke University Medical Center (2021), Pediatric Cardiology
Board Certification
American Board of Pediatrics/Pediatric Cardiology

Departments and Programs

  • Research Interests

    • Cardiac Imaging
    • Fetal Echocardiography
    • Preventative Cardiology (hypertension, hypercholesterolemia)
    • Electrocardiography
    • Fetal Echocardiography
  • Publications

    • Yamada MM, Rosamilia MB, Chiswell KE, D'Ottavio A, Spears T, Osgood C, Miranda ML,. Forestieri N, Li JS, Landstrom AP. Risk Factors for Sudden Infant Death in North Carolina. Front Pediatr. 2021 Dec 10;9:770803. doi: 10.3389/fped.2021.770803. PMID: 34956982; PMCID: PMC8703192.
    • Nur M, Yamada M, Tonk V, Wilson G. Chromosome Xq13.2 Microduplication Involving an Xinactivation Gene in a Girl with Short Stature, Madelung Deformity, and von Willebrand Disease. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. 2015; 29(2) 39-42.
  • Professional Activities

    • Society of Pediatric Echocardiography
    • American Society of Echocardiography
    • American College of Cardiology, Fellow in training member
    • American College of Cardiology, Resident member
    • American Academy of Pediatrics, Resident Member
  • Awards and Honors

    • Particularly Effective Teacher voted by Duke medical students in Pediatric Clerkship- 2019-2020
    • Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society- 2011

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