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.