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Current Fellows

4th Years

Pediatric cardiology fellow Laura Shopp

Laura Shopp, MD

PGY 7

Hobbies: I love practicing hot yoga. For me, it’s the perfect way to exercise and relax at the same time. I love cooking and eating in Indy’s rising foodie scene. My husband and I love spending time with our new baby. In the summertime, we like to take her swimming in one of Indiana’s many lakes.

Research/QI Interests: My current research involves working with our emergency medicine colleagues on the use of point of care, cardiac ultrasound in the ED. I am also interested in preventive cardiology, including hyperlipidemia and hypertension management.

Why IU/Riley?
Indianapolis is an amazing place to live. We have so many opportunities to eat out, go to sporting events, see concerts, all while being super affordable. We have great suburbs and a fun, revitalized downtown area. We have a great teamwork mentality at Riley. We work side by side with intensivists and surgeons, nurses and social workers, to provide the very best patient care. Not to mention, our collaborative spirit has earned nods from multiple national organizations.

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3rd Years

Pediatric cardiology fellow Matthew Adams

Matthew J. Adams, MD

PGY 6

Hobbies: I spend my free time at home with my wife and two children. We have been into board games/card games as a family. We also love to get out as a family and go for hikes whenever we get a chance. I also enjoy getting a chance to bake bread on my free time.

Research/QI Interests: My current research project is with the Pulmonary Hypertension team looking specifically at our congenital diaphragmatic hernia population.

Why IU/Riley?
I am from the Mountains and the South. I did not envision Indy years back but my brother lives here so I used that as an opportunity to come and interview at the program. It was the people at this program that ultimately brought me here. I think we have an amazing group of faculty here and that Riley is one of the best programs to train in Cardiology.

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Sabena Hussain, MD, fellow of the pediatric cardiology program

Sabena Hussain, MD

PGY 6

Hobbies: I love to run. It helps me clear my mind and is the perfect excuse to catch some sun - really any activity that allows me to be outside. I am also an amateur chef that is building her way to becoming the next Food Network star.

Research/QI Interests: I am interested in studying coronary vasculopathy in patients who have undergone heart transplantation. I am also interested in cardiomyopathy associated with genetic syndromes.

Why IU/Riley?
Indianapolis offered me everything I was looking for in a city - a livable downtown, professional sports, and a fun restaurant scene. There is always something to do. The people at Riley make it a very special place. We have the opportunity to learn from a team with a wide variety of expertise in order to become the best that we can be, so that we can provide the best for our patients.

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2nd Years

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Joshua M. Herber, MD

PGY 5

Hobbies: Outside of work, I enjoy hanging out with my wife and son. We like going on walks, visiting wineries and spending time with the rest of our family. I also enjoy cycling and just about anything outdoors.

Research/QI Interests: My prior research looked at the presence of fasciculoventricular pathways in patients of Danon disease. More recently, I have been researching B-blocker usage in pregnant women with long QT syndrome and the effects of this treatment on the mother and the newborn.

Why Pediatric Cardiology?
I love the logic and physiology of the heart. Congenital heart disease is fascinating and the field has been rapidly evolving with new discoveries on how to best treat it. I enjoy the variety of experiences the field provides with procedures, critical care, inpatient service, outpatient clinic, etc. Most importantly, the kids we work with are incredible! They are so resilient and I love being able to build relationships and have the continuity of care that we have with our patients and our families.

Why IU/Riley?
I went to medical school at Indiana University and loved Riley. It is a large children’s hospital that is very invested in its kids. The people here are wonderful to work with and I enjoy being closer to my own family. Indianapolis is a great city to live in with plenty to do and a low cost of living. From a fellowship standpoint, they have a very wide variety of pediatric cardiology specialists and cardiothoracic surgeons. Additionally, they have a pediatric cardiac ICU and a cardiac step-down unit. These resources combined with those of a large academic center allow for a number of outstanding educational experiences and provide an infrastructure to build a career upon.

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Pediatric cardiology fellow Leon Przybylowski, MD

Leon F. Przybylowski, DO

PGY 5

Hobbies: I’m a big fan of watching/playing hockey, getting my heart broken by Notre Dame Football, and spending time with my two greyhounds.

Research/QI Interests: I am interested in general pediatric cardiology with emphasis on fetal echocardiography and exercise physiology in children with congenital heart disease.

Why Pediatric Cardiology?
I was born with double outlet right ventricle and have always known I wanted to do pediatric cardiology.

Why IU/Riley?
I chose Riley after I did an audition rotation here; I found that the fellows had a beautiful balance of knowledge of the field, a plethora of exposure, and genuinely loved what they were doing. Over the entire month, I never saw one of the fellows feeling like they were overworked.

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1st Years

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Kaitlin E. Swanson, MD

PGY 4

Hobbies: My husband and I love trying new restaurants or cocktail bars in the Indy area. We also love taking our dog on hikes in nearby parks or a short drive away. We have recently gotten into various outdoor cooking methods as well, including smoking meats or making pizzas in our pizza oven!

Research/QI Interests: Having just started my fellowship, I still am figuring out exactly where my interests lie. I previously did work with mouse models of muscular dystrophy and heart failure. My current interests are related to the psychosocial aspects of congenital heart disease, including early parental counseling, palliative care involvement after birth, all the way to adolescents understanding and coping with their disease.

Why Pediatric Cardiology?
The field of pediatric cardiology is such a unique field of medicine, with so many different career opportunities. I knew I wanted to be in a field that mixed inpatient and outpatient, saw a wide range of severity of illness, and also involved a multidisciplinary approach to patient-care. Congenital heart disease was something that sparked my interest all the way back in my second year of medical school, and my training since then only cemented that.

Why IU/Riley?
I completed my residency at Riley, but I like to say I chose IU for its cardiology program back when applying for residency. I was fortunate enough to know what fellowship I was interested in when applying for residency and couples matching with my husband who was entering into a 7-year residency program. IU provided us both incredible opportunities, including a wide patient population, no shortage of pathology, and a friendly environment for training.

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Jessica A. Thoe, MD

PGY 4

Hobbies: My partner and I love hiking with our puppy around Indy, especially at Eagle Creek. He and I love exploring breweries and restaurants around town and cooking at home. I also love to bake and craft when I get the chance.

Research/QI Interests: I’m currently doing research focused on our patient population with Fontan physiology. My research focuses on trying to understand if different factors at the time of surgery correlate to long term morbidity and complications.

Why Pediatric Cardiology?
I’ve worked with children my entire life and always wanted to work in a field where I could combine my love for complex physiology with the desire to help children. Pediatric cardiology was the perfect match of complex physiology, a range of acuity from clinic to ICU, long lasting patient relationships, and working with children.

Why IU/Riley?
I was lucky enough to complete my pediatric residency at IU/Riley, and over those three years I had the opportunity to interact with many members of our heart center team and faculty. Everyone was always so welcoming and excited to have me around and teach. I knew I would get a great education and felt like I would be supported throughout my training by the faculty and fellows.

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