Director, Pediatric Cardiology Education (Medical school and Residency)
Co-Director, Interventional Cardiology
Attending Physician

Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of USC
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Sarah Badran, MBBCH, MACM, FSCAI, MHFSA, is an attending cardiologist and co-director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory in the Heart Institute at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles. She oversees education of patients, medical students and residents in the field of pediatric cardiology as well fellow education in interventional cardiology. She is a member of the heart failure and transplant team, cardiac palliative care team, and has a particular interest in single ventricle patient quality survival.

In 2000, Dr. Badran moved to CHLA from the University of Michigan to develop an interventional cardiology program at CHLA as the new director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory. "Interventional Cardiology" means the use of catheters to place stents, replace valves and close heart defects, as well as the use of other devices to treat heart problems, using these treatments as a less invasive alternative to open heart surgery. She is now co-director of the laboratory with her long term colleague Dr. Takao. The interventional team, which now also includes Dr. Sullivan and Dr. Patel, continue to work closely together to innovate the best trans-catheter therapies for the sickest children.

In addition to congenital heart disease, Dr. Badran has worked over the years in cardiac intensive care, fetal cardiology, pediatric heart failure and mechanical support as well as in cardiac palliative care. She has a particular passion for the long term health and quality survival of patients who were born with a single ventricle and have been palliated to a Fontan physiology. Her research includes assessing long term problems of the Fontan circuit, liver function and lung flow.

Apart from clinical work and advocacy for her patients, Dr. Badran is dedicated to lifelong learning and teaching. Much of her time is dedicated to educating patients and families in addition to medical students, residents, fellows and other hospital staff.

Sarah Badran was born in Philadelphia to Egyptian parents and completed medical school in Kuwait. She completed her pediatric and cardiology training at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She now lives in Southern California with her husband of 25 years, her four wonderful sons, a praying mantis, snake, turtle, frog and 2 cats. Her hobbies include running and reading, baking and illustrating. She loves Los Angeles and its amazing Children's Hospital that has given her the opportunity and honor of being able to help so many brave and inspiring children and their families.

Clinical Interests

Interventional cardiology, Congenital heart disease


Medical School: 

Medical School:
Kuwait University Medical School: MBBCH
Kuwait University Medical School: BSc

Graduate School: 

University of Southern California: Masters in Academic Medicine


Kuwait University, Mubarak Hospital: Rotating Internship
New York University Medical Center: Internship


The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: Pediatrics


The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: Pediatric Cardiology
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: Pediatric Interventional Cardiology



Pediatrics: American Board of Pediatrics
Pediatric Cardiology: American Board of Pediatrics

Professional Memberships: 

Society for Cardiac Angiography and Intervention (FSCAI)
Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA)


Top Doctor Pasadena Magazine (2008, 2013, 2014, 2015)
Best Doctors in America (2011, 2012, 2017)
Top Doctor Los Angeles Magazine (2017)
Humanism award Nomination (2014)
Teaching Award CHLA (2017)

Other Information

Specialty Interest: 

Interventional cardiology, Cardiac Devices, Single Ventricle and Fontan, Williams Syndrome, Alagille syndrome, Aortic Stenosis, Pediatric heart failure, Pediatric heart transplant, Pediatric cardiac mechanical support, Pediatric Palliative Care


Badran S, Schactner SK, Baldwin HS, Rome JJ. Optimization of adenoviral vector-mediated gene transfer to pulmonary arteries in newborn swine. Hum GeneTher. 2000 May 20; 11(8) 1113-21

Cowley CG. Badran S., Gaffney, D., Rocchini AP., Lloyd TR. Trans catheter closure of fontan fenestrations using the Amplatzer septal occluder; initial experience and follow up ; Catheterization and Cardiovascular interventions. 51(3): 301-4, 2000 Nov

Pruetz JD, Badran S, Dorey F, Starnes VA, Lewis AB. Differential branch pulmonary artery growth after the Norwood procedure with right ventricle-pulmonary artery conduit versus modified blalock-taussig shunt in hypoplastic left heart syndrome. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2009 Jun; 137 (6): 1342-8

Bernstein FJ, Badran S, Takao C. Relationship of pulmonary artery wedge pressure to left atrial pressure and pulmonary vascular resistance in preoperative fontan patients. Pediatr Cardiol. 2012 Jan ; 33(1): 15-20

Sullivan PM, Harrison D, Badran S, Takao CM, Ing FF. Reduction in Radiation Dose in a Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization Lab Using the Philips AlluraClarity X-ray System. Pediatr Cardiol. 2014 Aug 2

Research Interests: 
  1. Single ventricle palliation and survivorship
  2. Fontan physiology and follow up
  3. Role of palliative care in cardiology
  4. Novel education techniques and technology in medical education
  5. Faculty development and new educational techniques
  6. Patient education
  7. Implantable cardiac devices
  8. Advanced heart failure management with implantable cardiac devices


The Heart Institute

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