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Researcher Spotlight: Animesh (Aashoo) Tandon, M.D., M.S.

Animesh (Aashoo) Tandon, M.D., M.S. is a pediatric cardiologist at Children’s Health℠ and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern who specializes in cardiac imaging and MRI.

Dr. Tandon earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. He then completed his residency in pediatrics and fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He also earned a Masters in Clinical and Translational Research from the University of Cincinnati and completed advanced cardiac imaging fellowship training at Emory University/Children’s Hospital of Atlanta.

“My mother told me when I was five that I was going to be a pediatrician, and it turns out she was right,” says Dr. Tandon. “I like working with kids because even when they are sick, they are usually energetic. I can still play with them and keep the mood light even when we are talking about serious stuff.”

Dr. Tandon’s current clinical and research interests focus on the use of cardiac MRI to help diagnose and treat congenital heart disease. He also researches the development and use of wearable and other monitoring devices, how to collect and analyze big data through machine learning, and the development of predictive analytics. He strives to use new technologies, such as 3D printing, 3D visualization, virtual reality and augmented reality, to improve care for congenital heart disease.

“When I see a patient in a clinic, I am interacting with that one patient, and that is vitally important,” says Dr. Tandon. “My career goal, though, is to find ways to improve the care of all kids with heart disease through research. One way I want to do that is through investigating new technologies for kids.”

Dr. Tandon currently serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section of Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery Early Career Working Group; the American College of Cardiology Early Career Section Leadership Council; and the American Heart Association Center for Health Technology & Innovation (CHTI) Health Technology Advisory Group (HTAG). He is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, with joint appointments in Radiology and Biomedical Engineering, at UT Southwestern.