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

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  • Director, Pediatric and Congenital Cardiology
  • Professor (PAR) of Pediatrics

Languages: English, Hindi, Malayalam


Cardiovascular Imaging, Congenital Heart Disease, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics

Research Interests

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


The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)

1800 Orleans St.
The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center Building
Baltimore, MD 21287 map


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 of congenital heart disease.  His areas of academic interest have focused on myocardial function assessment, therapeutic ultrasound, and cardiovascular outcomes.   He has coauthored over 240 peer-reviewed journal articles, over 270 peer-reviewed abstracts and 6 book chapters. He has made major contributions in delineating the functional changes in the right ventricle 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 70 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 60 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 (PAR) of Pediatrics

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes



  • MBBS, Government Medical College Calicut (1995)
  • MD, Kasturba Medical College (1998)


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


  • The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne / Pediatric Cardiology (2000)
  • The Hospital for Sick Children / Pediatric Cardiology (2001)
  • Cleveland Clinic / Pediatric Cardiology (2006)
  • Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals Inc / Pediatric Cardiology (2008)

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

Videos & Media

Johns Hopkins Pediatric Cardiology | Innovative Care from Birth to Adult

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

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, the Helen B. Taussig Congenital Heart Center, 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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