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Evaluation of murmurs, chest pain, palpitations and syncope; Diagnosis, management, and treatment of heart problems in fetuses, infants, children, and teenagers; Interdisciplinary care of patients with complex congenital heart defects; Sports cardiac screening; Kawasaki disease; Myocarditis and cardiomyopathy; Transthoracic and fetal echocardiography; Medical management of arrhythmias; Evaluation for inherited cardiac disorders and syndromes; Preventative cardiology in obese patients; Hypertension
Education & Training
Stanford University School of Medicine
Children's Hospital of Los Angeles
Children's Hospital of Los Angeles
Pediatric Cardiology, UCLA School of Medicine
Dr. Behera is also a board-certified pediatrician.
Acquired Heart Disease, Congenital Heart Disease, Exercise Testing, Fetal Echocardiography, Holter Monitor, Hypertension, Marfan's Syndrome, Syncope
Congenital and Acquired Heart Disease, Fetal Diagnosis, Noninvasive Imagin, Sports screening
Fellow, American College of Cardiology; Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics; Research Committee Member, American Society of Echocardiography; Member, American Heart Association; Foundations of Patient Care Preceptor, University of California, San Francisco; Pediatric Cardiology Coordinator, Annual Playsafe Cardiac Screening Physicals
Physician Web Link
Behera S, Pattnaik T, Luke A. Practical Recommendations and Perspectives on Cadiac Screening for Healthy Pediatric Athletes. Curr Sports Med Reports. March/April 2011: 10(2): 90-98.
Behera S, Zuccaro J, Wetzel GT, Alejos JC. Nesiritide improves hemodynamics in children. Pediatr Cardiol. 2009 Jan: 30(1): 26-34.
Behera S, Trang J, Feeley BT, Levi DS, Alejos JC, Drant S. The use of Doppler tissue imaging to predict cellular and antibody-mediated rejection in pediatric heart transplant recipients. Pediatr Transplant. 2008 Mar: 12: 207-14.
Behera S, Danon S, Levi DS, Moore JW. Transcatheter closure of coronary artery fistulae using the Amplatzer Duct Occluder. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2006 Aug: 68(2): 242-8.
Gupta A, Daggett C, Behera S, Ferraro M, Wells W, Starnes V. Risk factors for persistent pleural effusions after the extracardiac Fontan procedure. J Thorac Cardiovasc. Surg. 2004 Jun;127 (6): 1664-9.
Behera S, Seri I. Meningitis in a newborn infant with urosepsis, negative blood cultures and initially normal cerebrospinal fluid findings. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2004 Feb;15 (2): 129-31.
Enns GM, Steiner RD, Buist N, Cowan C, Leppig KA, McCracken MF, Westphal V, Freeze HH, O’Brien JF, Jaeken J, Matthijs G, Behera S, Hudgins L. Clinical and molecular features of congenital disorder of glycosylation in patients with type I sialotransferrin pattern and diverse ethnic origins. J Pediatr. 2002 Nov;141 (5): 695-700.
Behera S, Collins R, Winkleby M. Low awareness of cardiovascular disease risk in low-income African-American women. Am J Health Promot. 2000 May-Jun;14(5):301-5, iii.
Philosophy of Care
I am a board-certified pediatric cardiologist with extensive clinical experience in taking care of congenital and acquired heart disease in children. I work on a team of specialists including pediatric cardiologists, pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons, other pediatric specialists (including geneticists, gastroenterologists, nephrologists, neonatologists, and intensivists), high level nurse practitioners, echocardiography technicians, nutritionists, and social workers. We collaborate to provide interdisciplinary, personalized, and family-centered care to patients as they struggle and adapt to new cardiac diagnoses and chronic problems associated with their child’s heart condition.
In our pediatric cardiology clinic, we are able to perform many diagnostic studies including echocardiography (ultrasound imaging of the heart), electrocardiography (electrical conduction of the heart), Holter monitoring, event monitoring, and exercise testing. Further diagnostic studies are arranged as needed. We strive to provide a medically appropriate, seamless, and efficient initial cardiac evaluation in our clinic setting. We also perform inpatient consultations in the CPMC hospital and can provide continuity of care to those patients seen in both an inpatient and outpatient setting.
Our goal is to provide excellent and easily accessible care for our patients. When medically indicated, we provide urgent same-day appointments for our patients and new referrals. We return phone calls and e-mails in a timely fashion and inform the primary care providers and other specialists when major changes are occurring in the patient’s treatment plan. The primary responsibility of our practice is patient care and we are not distracted or overwhelmed by other responsibilities required at academic medical centers. We provide wonderful continuity of care and patients are not shuffled between providers unless requested. Our commitment to you is that we will be here to take care of your child when needed.
Medical decision making has become incredibly complex and I believe that it is extremely important that physicians advocate for and collaborate with patients and their families as they navigate through an increasingly complicated health care system. Challenges include getting insurance coverage for recommended procedures, choosing between different medical and surgical options, and coordinating care amongst various providers. The families in our practice entrust the care of their children to us and we do not take that trust lightly. I advocate for my patients to help them through the processes required for us to take care of their children in the current health care environment.
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