Tarek Alsaied

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Alsaied earned his medical degree from Damascus University Medical School, followed by his Pediatric Residency at the American University of Beirut Medical Center. He then completed an additional Pediatric Residency and Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, while simultaneously completing his Master’s degree in Clinical and Translational Research at the University of Cincinnati. Alsaied then completed an Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging fellowship at Boston Children’s before returning to Cincinnati Children’s to serve as an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Cardiology before being recruited to UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Alsaied has been awarded several prestigious awards from important pediatric cardiology imaging societies including an Early Career Award from the Society of Cardiac MRI as well as a nomination for the American Academy of Pediatrics Young Investigator Award. He currently serves as Associate Editor of the journal "Pediatric Cardiology" . His research interests include imaging markers in Fontan circulation by cardiac MRI in collaboration with heart failure, hepatology and radiology; identifying new therapies for patients with Fontan physiology; and Cardiac MRI research in different diseases and settings (compress sense, 3D Cine and 4D flow). He has published over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, contributed to 6 book chapters, and presented his work at several major meetings including AHA and ACC.

Education & Training

  • MD, Dascus University Medical School, Syria, 2008
  • Residency in Pediatrics, American University of Beirut Medical Center, 2011
  • Residency in Pediatrics,Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2014
  • Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2017
  • Fellowship in Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging, Boston Children's Hospital, 2018

Selected Publications

Veldtman G, Possner M, Mohty D, Issa Z, Alsaleh M, AlMarzoog AT, Emmanual S, Salam Y, AlHabdan MS, Alsaied T, Rathod RH, Siblini G, Vriz O. Atrial function in the Fontan circulation: comparison with invasively assessed systemic ventricular filling pressure. Int J Cardiovasc Imaging. 2021 May 29. doi: 10.1007/s10554-021-02298-w. Online ahead of print. PMID: 34052973.’

Masci M, Pasquini L, Alsaied T, Di Chiara L, Formigari R, Galletti L, Campanale CM, Romiti A, Bonito M, Bagolan P, Toscano A. Reliability of Fetal Echocardiography in Predicting Postnatal Critical Hypoxia in Patients with Transposition of Great Arteries and Intact Ventricular Septum. Pediatr Cardiol. 2021 May 29. doi: 10.1007/s00246-021-02642-w. Online ahead of print. PMID: 34052858.

Lubert AM, Alsaied T, Trout AT, Dillman JR, Palermo JJ, Eichelbrenner F, Kleier K, Lorts A, Anwar N, Schecter MG, Tiao GM, Chin C, Feldman DS, Jenkins M, Morales DL, Opotowsky AR, Bucuvalas JC, Veldtman GR, Goldstein SL. Developing an adolescent and adult Fontan Management Programme. Cardiol Young. 2021 May 10:1-6. doi: 10.1017/S104795112100175X. Online ahead of print. PMID: 33966676.

Lubert AM, Alsaied T, Palermo JJ, Anwar N, Urbina EM, Brown NM, Alexander C, Almeneisi H, Wu F, Leventhal AR, Aldweib N, Mendelson M, Opotowsky AR. Fontan-Associated Dyslipidemia. J Am Heart Assoc. 2021 Apr 6;10(7):e019578. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.120.019578. Epub 2021 Mar 31. PMID: 33787283. 

Powell SK, Almeneisi H, Alsaied T, Shikany A, Riley L, Miller E, Belonis A, Weaver KN, Brown N, Mori S, Tretter JT. Rotational Position of the Aortic Root is Associated with Increased Aortic Dimensions in Marfan and Loeys-Dietz Syndrome. Pediatr Cardiol. 2021 Jun;42(5):1157-1161. doi: 10.1007/s00246-021-02594-1. Epub 2021 Apr 13. PMID: 33847800.

Ta HT, Truong VT, Alsaied T, Critser PJ, Germann J, Ollberding NJ, Khoury PR, Powell AW, Lang S, Mazur W, Redington AN, Tretter JT. Left Atrial Strain in the Repaired Tetralogy of Fallot Population: Comparisons to Biventricular Function, Native T1 Values, Exercise Parameters and Healthy Controls. Pediatr Cardiol. 2021 Jun;42(5):1102-1110. doi: 10.1007/s00246-021-02587-0. Epub 2021 Mar 28. PMID: 33774693.

Brayer SW, Zafar F, Lubert AM, Trout AT, Palermo JJ, Opotowsky AR, Anwar N, Dillman JR, Alsaied T. Relation of Magnetic Resonance Elastography to Fontan Circulatory Failure in a Cohort of Pediatric and Adult Patients. Pediatr Cardiol. 2021 Aug 26. doi: 10.1007/s00246-021-02707-w. Online ahead of print. PMID: 34448042. 

Zens TJ, Casar Berazaluce AM, Jenkins TM, Hardie W, Alsaied T, Tretter JT, Foster K, Fleck RJ, Hanke RE, Colvin BE, Garrison AP, Kraemer A, Crotty E, Taylor M, Garcia VF, Brown RL. The Severity of Pectus Excavatum Defect is Associated with Impaired Cardiopulmonary Function. Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Aug 19:S0003-4975(21)01442-9. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.07.051. Online ahead of print. PMID: 34419435. 

Alsaied T, Geva T, Graf JA, Sleeper LA, Marie Valente A. Biventricular Global Function Index Is Associated With Adverse Outcomes in Repaired Tetralogy of Fallot. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2021 Aug;14(8):e012519. doi: 10.1161/CIRCIMAGING.121.012519. Epub 2021 Aug 13. PMID: 34387102.

Henson SE, Lang SM, Khoury PR, Tian C, Rutter MM, Urbina EM, Ryan TD, Taylor MD, Alsaied T. The Effect of Adiposity on Cardiovascular Function and Myocardial Fibrosis in Patients With Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. J Am Heart Assoc. 2021 Oct 5;10(19):e021037.  doi: 10.1161/JAHA.121.021037. Epub 2021 Sep 25.