Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs
Pasadena Guild Chair
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of USC
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Robert E. Shaddy, MD, is Pediatrician-in-Chief and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

As Chair of Pediatrics, Dr. Shaddy oversees department faculty at CHLA and LAC+USC Medical Center campuses. As CHLA’s Pediatrician-in-Chief and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, he provides oversight for faculty appointments and educational and research activities—including those performed at The Saban Research Institute, CHLA’s freestanding research facility dedicated to exploring and addressing the most pressing national child health issues.

Dr. Shaddy, a cardiologist, most recently served as the Vice Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He simultaneously served as the Chief of the Division of Cardiology and the Jennifer Terker Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

With more than 25 years in his distinguished career, Dr. Shaddy is nationally recognized for his research into pediatric heart failure and heart transplantation. His expertise includes studying the effectiveness of pharmaceutical drugs in treating heart failure in children.

He obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston College and his medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. He completed his pediatric internship and residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa, and a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Shaddy has published more than 200 papers in journals and has authored or co-authored 23 book chapters for textbooks used by students and practicing physicians. In addition, he has authored, edited, or co-edited seven books about pediatric heart defects and heart failure.

Dr. Shaddy is extensively involved in dozens of professional organizations, including the American Heart Association, American Pediatric Society, the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, and the Society for Pediatric Research.


Medical School: 

Creighton University School of Medicine


University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics


University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics


Pediatric Cardiology, Cardiovascular Research Institute - University of California, San Francisco



Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners
Diplomate, American Board of Pediatrics
Diplomate, Sub-Board Pediatric Cardiology
Pediatric Advanced Life Support
Recertification, Sub-Board Pediatric Cardiology

Professional Memberships: 

Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young
American Heart Association
American Pediatric Society
International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
Society for Pediatric Research


Philadelphia Magazine Top Doc
Utah Hall of Fame Inductee, American Heart Association, Western States Affiliate
Heart of Gold Award, American Heart Association, Western States Affiliate
Cited in America’s Top Cardiologists, Consumers’ Research Council of America, Washington, DC
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Humanism in Medicine Award Nominee
Golden Anniversary Prize for Distinguished Clinical Investigation, University of Utah School of Medicine Alumni Association
Cited in The Best Doctors in America, Pacific Region, Naifeh S and Smith GW, Woodward/White
Included in Best Doctors in America, Pediatrics, Best Doctors Inc., Aiken, SC
National Research Service Award, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Foundation Scholarship
Phi Beta Kappa, Boston College


Keeshan BC, Goldfarb SB, Lin KY, Kreindler JL, Kaufman BD, Gaynor JW, Shaddy RE, Rossano JW. Impact of congenital heart disease on outcomes of pediatric heart-lung transplantation. Pediatr Transplant 18:204-210, 2014.. 2013 Dec 30. doi: 10.1111/petr.12208. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:24373099

Bates KE, Bird GL, Shea JA, Apkon M, Shaddy RE, Metlay JP. A tool to measure shared clinical understanding following handoffs to help evaluate handoff quality. J Hosp Med. 2014 Jan 31. doi: 10.1002/jhm.2147. [Epub ahead of print) PMID:24482325

Chu DH, Castelo-Soccio L, Wan J, Gelfand JM, Shaddy RE, Shah KN, Perman MJ, Treat JR, Yan AC. Retrospective analysis of beta-blocker instituted for treatment of hemangiomas (RABBIT study). Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2014 Oct;53(11):1084-90. May 21. pii: 0009922814535660. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID:24849505

Savla J, Lin KY, Lefkowitz DS, Paridon SM. Gaynor JW, Hammond R, Shaddy RE, Rossano JW. Adolescent age and heart transplant outcomes with myocarditis or congenital heart disease. J Heart Lung Transplant 2014 Sep;33(9):943-9. May 9. pii: S1053-2498(14)01116-4 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID:24929645]

Lin KY, Furth SL, Schwartz G, Shaddy RE, Ruebner RL. Renal function assessment in child and adolescent heart transplant recipients during routine cardiac catheterization. Pediatr Transplant 2014 Nov;18(7):757-63. doi: 10.1111/petr.12331 [Epub ahead of print]PMID:25112413]

Kirk R, Dipchand AI, Rosenthal DN, Addonizio L, Burch M, Chrisant M, Dubin A, Everitt M, Gajarski R, Mertens L, Miyamoto S, Morales D, Pahl E, Shaddy R, Towbin J, Weintraub R. The International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation Guidelines for the management of pediatric heart failure: Executive summary. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2014 Sep;33(9):888-909. PMID:25110323

Wittlieb-Weber CA, Lin KY, Zaoutis TE, O'Connor MJ, Gerald K, Paridon SM, Shaddy RE, Rossano JW. Pediatric Versus Adult Cardiomyopathy and Heart Failure Related Hospitalizations: A Value-Based Analysis.  J Card Fail. 2014 Jan;21(1):76-82. Oct 24. pii: S1071-9164(14) 01255-X. doi: 10.1016/ j.cardfail.2014.10.011. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID:25451708

Mansfield RT, Lin KY, Zaoutis T, Mott AR, Mohamad Z, Luan X, Kaufman BD, Ravishankar C, Gaynor JW, Shaddy RE, Rossano JW. The Use of Pediatric Ventricular Assist Devices in Children's Hospitals From 2000 to 2010: Morbidity, Mortality, and Hospital Charges. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2015 Jul;16(6):522-8. Apr 6. [Epub ahead of print]

O'Connor MJ, Keeshan BC, Lin KY, Monos D, Lind C, Paridon SM, Mascio CE, Shaddy RE, Rossano JW. Changes in the Methodology of Pre-Heart Transplant Human Leukocyte Antibody Assessment: an Analysis of the United Network for Organ Sharing Database. Clin Transplant. 2015 Sep;29(9):842-50. Jul 14. doi: 10.1111/ctr.12590. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:2617227

Savla J, Lin KY, Pradhan M, Ruebner RL, Rogers RS, Haskins SS, Owens AT, Abt P, Gaynor JW, Shaddy RE, Rossano JW. Heart Retransplant Recipients Have Better Survival With Concurrent Kidney Transplant Than With Heart Retransplant Alone. J Am Heart Assoc. 2015 Dec 11;4(12). pii: e002435. PMID:26656863

Uzark K, Zak V, Shrader P, McCrindle BW, Radojewski E, Varni JW, Daniels K, Handisides J, Hill KD, Lambert LM, Margossian R, Pemberton VL, Lai WW1, Atz AM; Pediatric Heart Network Investigators. Assessment of Quality of Life in Young Patients with Single Ventricle after the Fontan Operation. J Pediatr. 2015 Dec 9. pii: S0022-3476(15)01351-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2015.11.016. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID:26685073

Goldberg JF, Shah MD, Kantor PF, Rossano JW, Shaddy RE, Chiou K, Hanna J, Hagan JL, Cabrera AG, Jeewa A, Price JF. Prevalence and Severity of Anemia in Children Hospitalized with Acute Heart Failure. Congenit Heart Dis. 2016 Apr 8. doi: 10.1111/chd.12355. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27060888

Nandi D, Miyamoto SD, Pietra BA, Shaddy RE, Rossano JW. Donation after circulatory death: Current utilization in the United States. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2016 Sep;35(9):1131-2. doi: 10.1016/j.healun.2016.05.027. Epub 2016 Jun 7

Price JF, Kantor PF, Shaddy RE, Rossano JW, Goldberg JF, Hagan J, Humlicek TJ, Cabrera AG, Jeewa A, Denfield SW, Dreyer WJ, Akcan-Arikan A. Incidence, Severity, and Association With Adverse Outcome of Hyponatremia in Children Hospitalized With Heart Failure. Am J Cardiol. 2016 Jul 18. pii: S0002-9149(16)31185-7. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2016.07.014. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:27530824

Nawaytou HM, Yubbu P, Montero AE, Nandi D, O'Connor MJ, Shaddy RE, Banerjee A. Left Ventricular Rotational Mechanics in Children After Heart Transplantation. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2016 Sep;9(9). pii: e004848. doi: 10.1161/CIRCIMAGING. 116.004848. PMID:27609818

Bates KE, Shea JA, Bird GL, Field C, Nandi D, Shaddy RE, Metlay JP. Development and Preliminary Testing of the Coordination Process Error Reporting Tool (CPERT), a Prospective Clinical Surveillance Mechanism for Teamwork Errors in the Pediatric Cardiac ICU. J Quality Pat Safety 2016 December  42:562-567

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