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Faculty and Fellows

Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship

Fellowship Director

Aliessa P. Barnes, MD
(816) 302-3604

Associate Program Director

Ryan A. Romans, MD
(816) 302-3649


Fellowship Coordinator

Nancy Draffen-Brown, MBA
(816) 234-1693



Sarah Reed
(816) 302-3602




Karoline Krzywda, MD
Residency: Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Bianca Lavoile, MD
Residency: GCI Singer Medical Center
Medical School: Saba University of Medicine

Amulya Buddhavarapu, MBBS
Residency: Driscoll Children’s Hospital
Medical School: Sri Devraj Urs Medical College

Anmol Goyal, MBBS
Residency: SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Medical School: Seth G.S. Medical College

Chris Mathis, MD
Residency: CS Mott Children’s Hospital
Medical School: Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Sarah Studyvin, DO
Residency: Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Medical School: Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

Beth Runkel, MD
Residency: Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas City
Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine

Natalie Shwaish, MD
Residency: University of Arizona Tucson
Medical School: University of Pittsburg School of Medicine


Meet the team from the Heart Center.