Girish Shirali, MBBS, FASE, FACC, has been named as the inaugural holder of the newly established Melva and Randall L. O’Donnell, PhD, Chair in Pediatric Cardiology at Children’s Mercy Hospital.
Dr. Shirali, Division Director-Cardiology and Co-Director of The Ward Family Heart Center at Children’s Mercy, received the honor during an investiture ceremony on Nov. 12 at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center.
“For a clinical researcher and program builder like me, this is the biggest opportunity in the country to make a meaningful difference in optimizing the clinical care model, developing research initiatives and, ultimately, potentially improving outcomes and quality of life of children with heart disease,” Dr. Shirali said.
Dr. Shirali joined Children’s Mercy in 2012. He has been a successful investigator, mentor and educator. He has delivered more than 270 lectures, organized more than 40 workshops, published more than 80 peer-reviewed articles and presented more than 80 abstracts. He has co-authored a textbook of 3D echocardiography, written more than 20 textbook chapters and compiled innovative tools to teach echocardiography. He has participated in the NIH-funded Pediatric Heart Network since 2001.
Dr. Shirali’s recent work is focused on developing ways to validate echo measurements compared to gold standard techniques such as cardiac MRI, with the goal of identifying new technologies that are relevant and effective. He also is leading an investigation of the impact of certain cardiac interventions on the structure and function of the heart. He leads the Echocardiography Core Laboratory for an FDA study examining the effects of placing a transcatheter pulmonary valve, a technology that could replace surgery for many patients.