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Meet Dr. Brian Feingold

We are excited to introduce Dr. Brian Feingold, M.D. of the Enduring Hearts Scientific Advisory Committee!

Dr. Brian Feingold received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh and completed a pediatrics residency at the University of Massachusetts before returning to Pittsburgh to complete a fellowship in pediatric cardiology and advanced training in pediatric heart failure and transplantation. He also holds a master’s degree in clinical research from the University of Pittsburgh, where he is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Clinical and Translational Science. His research interests are in pediatric heart failure and pediatric transplantation.

 

 

Q&A with

Dr. Fiengold

Q: What made you decide to become a pediatric cardiologist?
A: Because of my childhood experiences with hospitalization for asthma, I knew from a young age that I wanted to become a physician, likely a pediatrician. When I was in medical school, I became fascinated with cardiovascular physiology and later with the nuances of this in pediatric cardiology. No two patients are alike and the combination of high acuity care and working with children, the varied anatomy and physiology meant this was the field for me!
Q: What most recent discoveries have you been excited about?
A: I believe that donor-derived cell-free DNA testing for rejection detection via a blood sample will profoundly and fundamentally change the patient experience after heart transplantation. This will safely skip biopsies and improve the quality of life for many children.
Q: As both a researcher and a doctor caring for patients, what are some of the areas you would like to see research dollars directed?
A: We need greater investment in pediatric VADs to be able to support infants and children. Right now, we are reliant on repurposing adult devices to care for sick children, but with better pediatric devices we will be able to be help more children safely await transplantation or possibly avoid transplantation and recover their heart function. Unfortunately, because the pediatric market is small and development costs are great, industry is not willing to invest in this vital need.
Q: On a more personal note, what was your favorite kid's movie when you were growing up or favorite TV show?
A: I loved War Games and Back to the Future. On TV, it was Knight Rider, A-team, and Star Trek: The Next Generation!
Q: What was your favorite toy as a child?
A: I had a cool GI Joe F-15 fighter plane and Luke Skywalker’s landspeeder. Lots of fun.