Westside Specialist Spotlight: Jill Shivapour, MD, Pediatric Cardiologist

May 26, 2017

UH Clinical Update - May 2017

Making connections is a key part of the job for pediatric cardiologist Jill Shivapour, MD. Whether it is communicating with a patient’s primary care provider or calling back a patient’s concerned parent before a scheduled visit to explain what to expect and why the appointment is necessary, she feels that every patient interaction is both an opportunity to learn and an opportunity to educate all that are involved. Jill Shivapour, MD

“You have to have gain rapport,” Dr. Shivapour says. “I would rather get a phone call than an email or text – you can lose a lot in the translation of information. A quick phone call can provide a lot of reassurance, and it’s a dynamic conversation with a back and forth component that can be helpful for us as providers and for patients and families.”

Dr. Shivapour earned her doctorate of medicine from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and stayed at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital to complete her general pediatric residency training. She joined UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in 2013 after completing her in pediatric cardiology fellowship training at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Shivapour sees clinic patients at UH Rainbow main campus, as well as UH Parma Medical Center and UH Westlake Health Center on the Westside.

Although she has a special interest in electrophysiology and heart rhythm disorders, Dr. Shivapour sees a diverse group of patients, including general pediatric cardiology patients.

“My patients include everyone from an infant with a murmur that was detected in the newborn nursery to a patient who’s already had two or three heart surgeries and will need to see a specialist their whole life,” she says. “I also see a lot of patients that may have a heart rhythm issue – either presenting with passing out or having a sensation of funny heart beats or palpitations.”

Beyond patient care, quality improvement and clinical research is also an interest for Dr. Shivapour. Specifically, she’s interested in on how well cardiac devices initially designed for adults work in children. “When you put a heart rhythm monitor of a specific type on a pediatric patient who will roll over three or four times during the night, what does the data look like?” she asks. “We need to have standard ways of interpreting it,” and the need to gain more knowledge for the use of these devices for pediatric patients drives her interest.

Dr. Shivapour is enthusiastic about recent developments in pediatric cardiology at UH Rainbow – especially the now two-year-old Congenital Heart Collaborative agreement to provide coordinated services with the Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

“The Congenital Heart Collaborative is one program with two campuses,” she says. “Our goal is to provide Northeast Ohio families the same high-quality care and the diversity of care that is provided at other large centers throughout the United States. With the two campuses together joining forces, the people of Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania – the entire region – can benefit. The goal is to be a regional center of excellence, providing our patients with excellent care.”

For more information about Dr. Shivapour or to make a referral, please call her office at 216-844-3528. You can also reach her directly at 216-844-3874.



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