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Shafkat Anwar


Pediatric cardiologist
Director, Pediatric Heart Center, MRI & 3D+ Programs
Co-founder and Medical Director, Center for Advanced 3D+ Technologies
Aspiring photographer and dad to two daughters

Dr. Shafkat Anwar is a pediatric cardiologist with a specialty in noninvasive imaging of the heart, including echocardiography and cardiac MRI. He directs the Pediatric Cardiac MRI Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. He is also the co-founder and co-director of the UCSF Center for Advanced 3D+ Technologies.

His research focuses on using advanced imaging and 3-D printing in optimizing care for patients with birth defects of the heart. The technologies he studies include various types of advanced applications, including 3-D printing; and virtual, augmented or mixed reality.

He earned his medical degree at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He completed a residency in pediatrics at Children's National Health System, as well as a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. He also completed fellowships in pediatric cardiology and cardiac imaging at Cleveland Clinic and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, respectively.

Prior to joining UCSF, he served as cardiology director of the cardiac MRI program at Washington University in St Louis, St. Louis Children's Hospital. At Washington University, he co-founded and co-directed the Center for 3D Printing.

He is a founding member and the first chair of the special interest group on advanced 3-D visualization of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology, American Society of Echocardiography and American Heart Association.

  • Education

    George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, MD, 2005

  • Residencies

    Children's National, Pediatrics, 2008

  • Fellowships

    National Institutes of Health, Research, 2009

    Cleveland Clinic, Pediatric Cardiology, 2012

    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Cardiac Imaging, 2013

  • Board Certifications

    Pediatric Cardiology, American Board of Pediatrics

    Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

"This is UCSF… We just jump in and say, 'How can we help?'"

Where I see patients (3)

    I love working with kids. Their spirit and resilience never cease to amaze me.

    My work

    Designing better heart procedures

    Using detailed replicas of individual patients' hearts, our surgeons can plan complex repair procedures in advance.

    3D printing in medicine

    Dr. Anwar talks about the challenges and opportunities of using 3D technologies to improve surgical care.

    "Practice swings" before surgery

    When operating on a walnut-sized heart, there's no room for error. UCSF is using 3D technologies to help surgeons prepare.

    Tender wagging care

    Our therapy dogs spread joy and smiles at the bedside and throughout the hospital.

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