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Alicia Heather Chaves, MD, MAS

Academic Title:

Associate Professor

Primary Appointment:



110 S. Paca St. (Paca-Pratt) 7th floor

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Education and Training


1996-1998: Boston University, major in psychology
1998-2000: University of Florida, Bachelor of Science in psychology
2000-2004: University of South Florida, Doctor of Medicine

Post Graduate Training

2004-2007: Pediatric Residency, Yale-New Haven Hospital
2007-2010: Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship, Yale University
2010-2011: Advanced Pediatric Cardiac Non-Invasive Imaging Fellowship, Medical College of Wisconsin

Board Certification

2007-Present: American Board of Pediatrics - General Pediatrics
2010-Present: American Board of Pediatrics - Pediatric Cardiology


Dr. Chaves' research interests include the use of quality improvement in pediatric echocardiography and care of high risk patients.  Clinical areas include general pediatric cardiology, non-invasive cardiac imaging, fetal cardiology, and care of high risk and single ventricle patients.  

Research/Clinical Keywords

echocardiography, single ventricle congenital heart defects, fetal cardiology

Highlighted Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Chaves AH, Cava JR, Simpson P, Hoffman GM, Samyn MS. Infant Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging Using Oscillatory Ventilation: Safe and Effective. Pediatric Cardiology. 2013 Jun;34(5)(2013),1201-1205.

Chaves AH, Sebastian J, Hoopes S, Rosenthal GL. The effect of a quality improvement intervention on variability of measurements of left ventricular dimensions in a pediatric echocardiography laboratory. Congenital Heart Disease. 2015 Jul-Aug;10(4):340-5.

MacLennan AJ, Carney PR, Zhu WJ, Chaves AH, Garcia J, Grimes JR, Anderson KJ, Roper SN, Lee N. An essential role for the H218/AGR16/Edg-5/LP(B2) sphingosine 1-phosphate receptor in neuronal excitability. European Journal of Neuroscience. 14(2):203-9, July, 2001.

MacLennan AJ, Benner SJ, Andringa A, Chaves AH, Rosing JL, Vesey R, Karpman AM, Cronier SA, Lee N, Erway LC, Miller ML. The S1P2 sphingosine 1-phosphate receptor is essential for auditory and vestibular function. Hear Res. 2006 Oct;220(1-2):38-48. Epub 2006 Aug 30.

Targeted disruption of the S1P2 sphingosine 1-phosphate receptor gene leads to diffuse large B-cell lymphoma formation. Cattoretti G, Mandelbaum J, Lee N, Chaves AH, Mahler AM, Chadburn A, Dalla-Favera R, Pasqualucci L, MacLennan AJ. Cancer Res. 2009 Nov 15;69(22):8686-92. Epub 2009 Nov 10

Non-peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Chaves AH, Frommelt PC. Impact of Heart Rhythm and Synchrony on Echo-Doppler Assessment in Pediatric Heart Disease. Pediatric Ultrasound Today. 16(10):193-220, 2011