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Acute care cardiologist joins UTSW as Chief of Pediatric Cardiology

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Nicolas Madsen, M.D., M.P.H., a specialist in acute care cardiology, has been named Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at UT Southwestern and Chief of Cardiology and Co-Director of The Heart Center at Children’s Health.

Dr. Madsen, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Population and Data Sciences, joined UT Southwestern in September from Cincinnati Children’s, where he served as Medical Director of the Heart Institute and the Acute Care Cardiology Unit and as an Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati’s Department of Pediatrics.

His expertise is in acute care cardiology, caring for children hospitalized with congenital and acquired heart conditions and adults with congenital heart disease. He is co-founder and co-Director of the Pediatric Acute Care Cardiology Collaborative, an international learning network with over 40 hospital member centers that aims to drive better outcomes and experiences for children hospitalized with heart conditions.

“I’m thrilled to join the team at UT Southwestern, given the tremendous opportunities for discovery, innovation, and multidisciplinary collaboration,” Dr. Madsen said. “I am excited to lead the Division as we explore new horizons and develop new programs that optimize outcomes for our patients, including traditional cardiac measures as well as those specific to neurodevelopment, mental health, and quality of life.”

The cooperation between UT Southwestern and Children’s Health attracted him to the role. “The advancement of knowledge and the symbiotic relationship between academic research and hospital implementation is a passion,” Dr. Madsen said. “With the close affiliation between Children’s Health and UT Southwestern, I see profound opportunities for discovery and learning.”

Dr. Madsen received his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine, as well as a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Washington School of Public Health. He completed his residency in pediatrics and a cardiology fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

“Dr. Madsen is highly regarded on the national stage, and he brings important leadership and vision that will bring much honor to the Division of Cardiology and the Department of Pediatrics,” said Dr. Stephen Skapek, Professor and Interim Chair of Pediatrics.

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