Shelby Kutty, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.

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  • Director, Pediatric and Congenital Cardiology
  • Professor of Pediatrics

Languages: English, Hindi, Malayalam


Cardiovascular Imaging, Congenital Heart Disease, Internal Medicine, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatrics more

Research Interests

Myocardial Function; Theranostic Ultrasound; Cardiovascular Outcomes; Cardiovascular Analytic Intelligence more

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Appointment Phone: 443-997-5437
1800 Orleans St.
The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center Building, Pediatric Cardiology, M2201
Baltimore, MD 21287
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Dr. Shelby Kutty is the director of pediatric and congenital cardiology, the co-director of the Blalock-Taussig-Thomas Heart Center, and the Helen B. Taussig Professor of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He serves as Chair of Cardiovascular Analytic Intelligence Initiative, and also holds appointments at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Kutty trained in pediatrics, cardiology, and cardiac imaging at premier institutions in India, Australia, Canada, and the United States. He earned his master’s degree in healthcare management from Harvard University and is an Aresty Scholar of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, he was a professor of pediatrics and internal medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine, where he was named Vice Chair for Pediatrics and Assistant Dean for Research and Development in 2017.

Dr. Kutty is one of the foremost authorities in multimodality cardiovascular imaging, including echocardiography, magnetic resonance, and computed tomography. His areas of academic interest have focused on myocardial function, therapeutic ultrasound, and cardiovascular outcomes. He has co-authored over 360 peer-reviewed journal articles, over 320 peer-reviewed abstracts, and 10 book chapters. He has made major contributions in understanding right ventricular function and in developing the field of theranostic ultrasound.

Dr. Kutty is an elected Fellow of the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, the American Society of Echocardiography, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Society for Pediatric Research; and serves on multiple committees for those organizations.  He has received acclaimed awards from the American Society of Echocardiography, the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. His research program has been funded by the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the National Institutes of Health, and industry.  His leadership is also evidenced by authorship of several reviews and editorials, over 100 invited lectureships worldwide, and his important role in developing guidelines and standards for contrast echocardiography.

Dr. Kutty’s mentoring prowess is exemplified by his more than 70 mentees including medical students, residents, and fellows having published several dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles, and presented at numerous national meetings. He serves as Associate Editor for American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology and Cardiology in the Young.  In addition, he serves as Consulting Editor for Journal of Clinical Investigation, and in the editorial board of four leading cardiology journals: Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging, Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Imaging, and the World Journal of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery. more


  • Director, Pediatric and Congenital Cardiology
  • Co-Director, Blalock-Taussig-Thomas Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center
  • Chair, Cardiovascular Analytic Intelligence Initiative (CV-Ai2)
  • The Helen B. Taussig Professor
  • Professor of Pediatrics

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes

  • Blalock-Taussig-Thomas Pediatric and Congenital Heart



  • MBBS; Calicut Medical College (1995)
  • MD; Kasturba Medical College (1998)


  • Pediatrics; Kasturba Medical College (1998)
  • Pediatrics; Miami Children's Hospital (2003)


  • Pediatric Cardiology; Cleveland Clinic Foundation (2006)
  • Pediatric Cardiology; Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals - Inc (2008)
  • Pediatric Cardiology; The Hospital for Sick Children at University of Toronto (2001)
  • Pediatric Cardiology; The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne (2000)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics (Pediatric Cardiology) (2008)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Fernandes JF, Hammel JM, Zhou J, Xiao Y, Chen M, Alves R, Lof J, Grieve SM, Schuster A, Kuehne T, Kutty S. Right ventricular energetics and power in pulmonary regurgitation vs. Stenosis using four dimensional phase contrast magnetic resonance. Int J Cardiol. 2018 Jul 15;263:165-170.

Jone PN, Schäfer M, Li L, Craft M, Ivy DD, Kutty S. Right Atrial Deformation in Predicting Outcomes in Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2017;10.

Kutty S, Jones PG, Karels Q, Joseph N, Spertus JA, Chan PS. Association of Pediatric Medical Emergency Teams With Hospital Mortality. Circulation. 2018 Jan  2;137(1):38-46.

Kutty S, Xiao Y, Olson J, Xie F, Danford DA, Erickson CC, Porter TR. Safety and Efficacy of Cardiac Ultrasound Contrast in Children and Adolescents for Resting and Stress Echocardiography. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2016 Jul;29(7):655-62.

Shoiab I, Danford DA, Li L, Abdullah I, Hammel JM, Kutty S. Predischarge Transthoracic Echocardiography after Surgery for Congenital Heart Disease: A Routine with a Reason? J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2015 ;28:1030-5.

Activities & Honors


  • Aresty Scholar, Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Distinguished Scientist - Annual Research Award, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Best Poster Award - Congenital Cardiology Solutions Pathway, American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions
  • Young Early Career Investigator Award, American Heart Association Council for Cardiovascular Disease
  • Pfizer Career Development Award in Cardiovascular Medicine, American College of Cardiology Foundation
  • Arthur Weyman Young Investigator Award, American Society of Echocardiography
  • Congenital Heart Disease and Pediatric Cardiology Travel Award, American College of Cardiology
  • Pediatric Council Award, The American Society of Echocardiography
  • Educational Grant, Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
  • Research Excellence by a Fellow Designation - Chairman's Award, Cleveland Clinic
  • Inspirational Mentor of Educators, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • The 21st Annual Feigenbaum Lecturer, American Society of Echocardiography
  • Fellowship, Royal College of Physicians (United Kingdom)

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Advanced Imaging Improves Care for Pediatric Patients with Congenital Heart Disease, Johns Hopkins Medicine (February 21, 2022)

A ‘Game changer’ Grant for Managing a Mystifying SARS-CoV-2 Related Disease, Johns Hopkins Medicine (January 14, 2021)

From One Visionary to Another, Johns Hopkins Medicine (August 04, 2020)

Exploring Theranostics for Children, Johns Hopkins Medicine (October 1, 2019)

A 'Blue Baby' Returns to The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine DOME (September 17, 2019)

On Board:  Shelby Kutty, Director of Pediatric and Congenital Cardiology, Johns Hopkins Medicine (March 11, 2019)

Impact in Education: Shelby Kutty, M.D., Ph.D., University of Nebraska Medical Center (February 07, 2017)

Dr. Kutty named assistant dean for research and development, University of Nebraska Medical Center (December 19, 2017)

Distinguished Scientist Shelby Kutty, M.D., Ph.D., University of Nebraska Medical Center (January 10, 2017)

New partnership, NIH grant push research forward, University of Nebraska Medical Center (October 03, 2016)

Study examines efficacy of rapid-response teams, University of Nebraska Medical Center (November 02, 2017)

College of Medicine research retreat set for June 1, University of Nebraska Medical Center (May 02, 2018)

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