Stacey Drant, MD

  • Professor of Pediatrics

Administrative Assistant: Tracy Stoffel

Drant is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Medical Director of the Pediatric Echocardiography Lab at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and Co-Director of the Connective Tissue Diseases Clinic. In her clinical role as a Pediatric Cardiologist, Drant specializes in Non-invasive Imaging, diagnosis and management of patients with complex congenital heart disease and those with connective tissue diseases involving the vascular system.

Drant is member of the Children’s Hospital HEAT Committee (Healthy Eating Advisory Team) and a recent Diplomate of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine allowing her to pursue her interest in the interaction between lifestyle and outcomes in her patient population.

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • American Society of Echocardiography, 2008-Present
  • American College of Lifestyle Medicine, 2018-Present

Education & Training

  • BS, Honors Program, Microbiology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1984
  • MD, Brown University, 1988
  • Internship and Residency in Pediatrics, UCLA Medical Center, 1988-1991
  • Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology, University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine, 1991-1994

Selected Publications

Peterson RE, Levi D, Williams RJ, Lai W, Sklansky M, Drant S. Echocardiographic Predictors of Outcome in Fetuses with Pulmonary Atresia with Intact Ventricular Septum.  J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2006 Nov; 19(11): 1393-400.

Behera SK, Trang J, Feeley BT, Levi DS, Alejos JC, Drant S. The use of Doppler tissue imaging to predict cellular and antibody-mediated rejection in pediatric heart transplant recipients. Pediatr Transplant 2008; Mar12(2): 207-214.

Lacro RV, Guey LT, Dietz HC, Pearson GD, Yetman AT, Gelb BD, Loeys BL, Benson DW, Bradley TJ, De Backer J, Forbus GA, Klein GL, Lai WW, Levine JC, Lewin BM, Markham LW, Paridon SM, Pierpont ME, Radojewski E, Selamet Tierney ES, Sharkey AM, Wechsler SB, Mahony L, Pediatric Heart Network Investigators. Characteristics of children and young adults with Marfan syndrome and aortic root dilation in a randomized trial comparing atenolol and losartan therapy. Am Heart J. 2013 May;165(5): 828-835.

Flanagan R, Cain N, Tatum G, DeBrunner M, Drant S, Feingold B. LV MPI Change for Detection of Acute Cellular Rejection in Pediatric Heart Transplantation. Pediatr Transplant 2013 Dec;17(8):782–6.

Lacro RV, Dietz HC, Sleeper LA, , Yetman AT, Bradley TJ, Colan SD,  Pearson GD, Selamet Tierney ES, Levine JC, Atz AM, Benson DW, Braverman AC, Chen S, De Backer J, Gelb BD, Grossfeld PD, Klein GL, Lai WW, Liou A, Loeys BL, Markham LW, Olson AK, Paridon SM, Pemberton VL, Pierpont ME, Pyeritz RE, Radojewski E, Roman MJ, Sharkey AM, Styianou MP,  Wechsler SB, Young, LT, Mahony L, Pediatric Heart Network Investigators. Atenolol versus losartan in children and young adults with Marfan syndrome. N Engl J Med.  2014 Nov 27; 371(22)2061-71.

 Horner, Kuk J, Barinas-Mitchell E, Drant, S, DeGroff C, Lee S. Effect of aerobic versus resistance exercise on intima-media thickness, pulse wave velocity and left ventricular mass in obese adolescents. Pediatr Exerc Sci 2015 Nov; 27(4): 494-502.

 Feingold B, Salgado CM, Reyes-Mugica M, Drant S, Miller SA, Kennedy M, Kellman P, Schelbert EB, Wong TC. Diffuse myocardial fibrosis among healthy pediatric heart transplant recipients: correlation of histology, cardiovascular magnetic resonance, and clinical phenotype.  Pediatr Transplant; 2017.

Hoskoppal A, Menon S, Trachtenberg F, Burns KM, De Backer J, Gelb BD, Gleason M, James J, Lai WW, Liou A, Mahony L, Olson AK, Pyeritz RE, Sharkey AM, Stylianou M, Wechsler SB, Young L, Levine JC, Tierney ESS, Lacro RV, Bradley TJ; Pediatric Heart Network Investigators. Predictors of Rapid Aortic Root Dilation and Referral for Aortic Surgery in Marfan Syndrome. Pediatr Cardiol 2018 Oct;39(7): 1453-1461.

Handisides JC, Hollenbeck-Pringle D, Uzark K, Trachtenberg FL, Pemberton VL, Atz TW, Bradley   TJ, Cappella E, De Nobele S, Groh GK, Hamstra MS, Korsin R, Levine JC, Lindauer B, Liou A, Neal MKM, Markham LW, Morrison T, Mussatto KA, Olson AK, Pierpont MEM, Pyeritz RE, Radojewski EA, Roman MJ, Xu M, Lacro RV; Health-Related Quality of Life in Children and Young Adults with Marfan Syndrome. Pediatric Heart Network Investigators. J Pediatr. 2019 Jan;204: 250-255.

 Singh A, Feingold B, Rivera-Lebron B, Weiner D, Drant S. Correlating objective echocardiographic parameters in patients with pulmonary hypertension due to bronchpulmonary dysplasia. J Perinatol. 2019 Sep;39(9): 1282-12

Full Publication List via NIH PubMed »

Academic and Research Interests

  • Aortopathy associated with bicuspid aortic valve and connective tissue disease
  • Lifestyle Medicine in Pediatrics
  • Application of novel echocardiographic techniques to clinical practice