Emilio Quezada, MD

Pediatric cardiologist

Dr. Emilio Quezada is a pediatric cardiologist who cares for patients with all forms of congenital heart malformations and rhythm abnormalities, ranging in age from newborn through 21 years. He specializes in prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease with fetal echocardiography, which uses ultrasound to image the fetal heart.

Quezada's main focus is outpatient evaluation and treatment of congenital heart disease for pediatric patients in the Salinas and Monterey area. Additionally he does prenatal diagnosis in expectant couples with suspected or known heart disease.

As part of the echocardiography team at the UCSF Fetal Treatment Center, Quezada counsels parents when congenital heart disease is detected during pregnancy. His goal is empowering families to navigate the challenges of a new diagnosis by providing compassionate, respectful care and essential information.

Quezada's research examines the aorta in women with Turner syndrome, a rare genetic condition that causes multiple medical issues, often including heart defects. For the Healthy Heart Project of the Turner Syndrome Society of the United States, he helps perform and analyze hundreds of echocardiograms every two years. He also conducts research in fetal and pediatric echocardiography, and collaborates on international studies in his areas of expertise.

After earning his medical degree from Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala, Quezada completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and then a residency in pediatric cardiology at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). He also completed a year of advanced training in fetal cardiology and noninvasive cardiac imaging at OHSU and UCSF. He joined the UCSF team in 2016.

Quezada is a member of the Fetal Heart Society and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In his free time, Quezada enjoys running and hiking with his wife and daughters.


Fetal Cardiovascular Program
1855 Fourth St., Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-1887
Fax: (415) 502-0660

Fetal Treatment Center
1855 Fourth St., Second Floor, Room A-2432
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (800) 793-3887
Fax: (415) 502-0660

Pediatric Echocardiography
1825 Fourth St.
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 476-3774
Fax: (415) 353-8675

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Francisco Marroquin University 2004


University of South Florida, Pediatrics 2011


OHSU, Pediatric Cardiology 2014
OHSU, Fetal Cardiac Imaging 2014
UCSF, Fetal Cardiac Imaging 2015

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Los E, Quezada E, Chen Z, Lapidus J, Silberbach M. Pilot Study of Blood Pressure in Girls With Turner Syndrome: An Awareness Gap, Clinical Associations, and New Hypotheses. Hypertension. 2016 07; 68(1):133-6.
  2. Quezada E, Lapidus J, Shaughnessy R, Chen Z, Silberbach M. Aortic dimensions in Turner syndrome. Am J Med Genet A. 2015 Nov; 167A(11):2527-32.
  3. Sochet AA, Ayers M, Quezada E, Braley K, Leshko J, Amankwah EK, Quintessenza JA, Jacobs JP, Dadlani G. The importance of small for gestational age in the risk assessment of infants with critical congenital heart disease. Cardiol Young. 2013 Dec; 23(6):896-904.
  4. Quezada E, Gripp KW. Costello syndrome and related disorders. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2007 Dec; 19(6):636-44.
  5. Akins RE, Gratton K, Quezada E, Rutter H, Tsuda T, Soteropoulos P. Gene expression profile of bioreactor-cultured cardiac cells: activation of morphogenetic pathways for tissue engineering. DNA Cell Biol. 2007 Jun; 26(6):425-34.
  6. Derby CD, Kolcz J, Kerins PJ, Duncan DR, Quezada E, Pizarro C. Aristotle score predicts outcome in patients requiring extracorporeal circulatory support following repair of congenital heart disease. ASAIO J. 2007 Jan-Feb; 53(1):82-6.
  7. Vida VL, Gaitan G, Quezada E, Barnoya J, CastaƱeda AR. Low-dose oral sildenafil for patients with pulmonary hypertension: a cost-effective solution in countries with limited resources. Cardiol Young. 2007 Feb; 17(1):72-7.

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