Adam Brian Christopher, MD

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  • Director of Cardiac MRI and CT

Administrative Assistant: Marianne Dorn

Christopher, is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology. He is the director of Cardiac MRI and CT at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

 Christopher received his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed a pediatrics residency at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital and pediatric cardiology fellowship at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He completed an additional fellowship in advanced cardiac imaging at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC prior to returning to Children’s Hospital as faculty.

Christopher has broad interests in improving the safety and quality of non-invasive cardiac imaging. His research includes implementation of novel contrast agents and 4D flow technology to better visualize and assess flow patterns in complex congenital heart disease. Christopher also has research interests in myocardial mapping, a contrast-free assessment of heart muscle to evaluate for inflammation and scar.


Education & Training

  • BS, Biological Sciences, Cornell University, 2008
  • MD, University of Pittsburgh, 2012
  • Internship/Residency in Pediatrics, Yale New Haven Hospital, 2012-2015
  • Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 2015-2018
  • Fellowship in Advanced Cardiac Imaging, Children's National Hospital, 2018-2019

Selected Publications

Francis RJ, Christopher A, Devine WA, Ostrowski LE, Lo C. Congenital heart disease and the specification of left-right asymmetry. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 302(10):H2102-11. 2012

Christopher A, Ochoa S, Krushansky E, Francis RJ, Tian X, Zahid M, Muñoz R, Lo C.  The effects of temperature and anesthetic interactions on ciliary function in murine respiratory epithelia. Frontiers in Pediatrics. 111(2): 1-9. 2014. 

Christopher A, Apfel A, Sun T, Kreutzer J, Ezon D. Diastolic velocity half time is associated with aortic coarctation gradient at catheterization independent of echocardiographic and clinical blood pressure gradients. Congenital Heart Disease. 13(5):713-720. 2018. PMID: 30395387.

Fröjdh F, Fridman Y, Bering P, Sayeed A, Maanja M, Niklasson L, Olausson E, Pi H, Azeem A, Wong TC,     Kellman P, Feingold B, Christopher A, Fukui M, Cavalacante JL, Miller CA, Butler J, Ugander M,     Schelbert EB. Extracellular volume and global longitudinal strain both associated with outcomes     but correlate minimally. JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging. January 2020. PMID: 32563637.

Christopher A, Olivieri L, Cross R, Ramakrishnan K, Loke YH. 4-Dimensional flow by cardiac magnetic     resonance informs surgical planning in partial anomalous pulmonary venous return. JACC: Case     Reports. 2(4):672-677. 2020

Christopher A, Quinn R, Zoulfagharian S, Matisoff A, Cross R, Xue H, Campbell-Washburn A, Olivieri     L. Motion-corrected cardiac MRI is associated with decreased anesthesia exposure in children.     Journal of Pediatric Radiology. 2020. PMID: 32696111.

Academic and Research Interests

  • Cardiac MRI
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Cardiac Imaging