• Keila N. Lopez, MD

    Lopez Keila

    Department or Service

    Department of Pediatric Medicine, Cardiology



    Primary Location

    Texas Children's Hospital

    Also sees patients at

    Texas Children's Hospital West Campus

    Contact Information

    6621 Fannin St.
    Suite W19345C
    Houston, TX 77030
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    Phone: 832-82-HEART (43278)
    Fax:  832-825-9052

    Pediatric Cardiologist - Texas Children's Hospital
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine

    Medical School

    Rocky Mountain College, Doctor of Medicine, 2003
    Rush University Medical Center, Doctor of Medicine, 2003


    University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital, Pediatrics, 2007


    Baylor College of Medicine, Pediatric Cardiology, 2011

    From Dr. Lopez

    Dr. Lopez’s principal areas of interest are in cardiovascular imaging and healthcare disparities. Following her pediatric residency, she completed an MPH at the Harvard School of public health with an emphasis on Healthcare management and Minority health policy. Following her public health degree she completed a pediatric cardiology fellowship and has completed her training in advanced imaging, including transesophageal and fetal echocardiography.

    Dr. Lopez’s research interests focus on identifying healthcare disparities among minority and underserved children, particularly as they pertain to the field of pediatric cardiology. She is currently working with the Texas Department of State Health Services on population-based epidemiologic projects to better understand congenital heart disease patients in the state of Texas. She is also working on developing educational programs for low-literacy/low-English proficiency parents of children with complex congenital heart disease as well as educational programs for pediatricians and pediatric cardiologists to improve oral health screening and access to care. She seeks to further investigate cost-effectiveness of various cardiac imaging modalities and access to prenatal fetal echocardiography for underserved populations.

    Dr. Lopez seeks to incorporate cardiology, public health, and minority health policy in order to develop research initiatives that directly inform health policy and improve the health care of minorities and underserved populations. She hopes to identify strategies to prevent the occurrence of CHD and to enhance and prolong the lives of those with CHD through surveillance, population-based research, education, health promotion, advocacy, and policy development.

    Professional Organizations

    • American Heart Association
    • Congenital Heart Public Health Consortium
      Co-chair, Screening Committee; Member, Awareness committee
    • American Academy of Pediatrics
    • American College of Cardiology
    • Texas Oral Health Coalition

    Selected Publications

    Lopez KN and Knudson JD. Obesity: From the Agricultural Revolution to the Contemporary Pediatric Epidemic. Congenital Heart Disease 2012 Feb 3. [Epub ahead of print].

    Accepted for publication: Knudson JD, Lopez KN, Maskatia S, McKenzie ED, Lantin-Hermoso R, Masand PM, Vick GW. Type B interrupted Left Aortic Arch with Isolated Right Subclavian Artery. Congenital Heart Disease February 2012.

    Lopez KN, Decker JA, Friedman RA, Kim JJ. Homozygous mutation in SCN5A associated with atrial quiescence, recalcitrant arrhythmias, and poor capture thresholds. Heart Rhythm 2011 March; 8(3): 471-473. 

    Lopez KN, Patel A, Sandhu S, Hijazi ZM. Transcatheter Closure of Atrial Septal Defects in Adults > Forty Years of age: Immediate and Follow-up Results. Journal of Interventional Cardiology 2007 Feb; 20(1): 82-8. 

    Lopez KN, Dalvi BV, Balzer D, Bass JL, Momenah T, Cao Q, Hijazi ZM. Transcatheter Closure of Large Secundum Atrial Septal Defects Using the 40mm Amplatzer Septal Occluder: Results of an International Registry. Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions 2005 December; 66 (4): 580-584.

    * Texas Children's Hospital physicians' licenses and credentials are reviewed prior to practicing at any of our facilities. Sections titled From the Doctor, Professional Organizations and Publications were provided by the physician's office and were not verified by Texas Children's Hospital.

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