Clinical Focus

  • Pediatric Cardiology

Education & Certifications

  • Board Certification: Pediatric Cardiology, American Board of Pediatrics (2008)
  • Fellowship:UCLA Registrar (2007) CA
  • Residency:Children's Hospital Los Angeles (2004) CA
  • Internship:Children's Hospital Los Angeles (2002) CA
  • Medical Education:Stanford University School of Medicine (2001) CA


All Publications

  • Decompressing vein and bilateral superior venae cavae in a patient with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Echocardiography (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) Stauffer, K. J., Arunamata, A., Vasanawala, S. S., Behera, S. K., Kipps, A. K., Silverman, N. H. 2016; 33 (9): 1428-1431


    The levoatrial cardinal vein (LACV), first described in 1926, acts as a decompressing vessel for pulmonary venous return in cases of severe left-sided obstruction with an intact or significantly restrictive atrial septum. The LACV and the persistent left superior vena cava (LSVC) are thought to share similar embryologic origins. To challenge this notion, we present a unique case of a neonate with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, cor triatriatum, and a decompressing LACV in the presence of bilateral superior venae cavae.

    View details for DOI 10.1111/echo.13292

    View details for PubMedID 27641733

  • Low awareness of cardiovascular disease risk among low-income African-American women AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HEALTH PROMOTION Behera, S. K., Winkleby, M. A., Collins, R. 2000; 14 (5): 301-305


    Focus groups were conducted with low-income African-American women in six different community settings in Northern California to assess their awareness of and concern for cardiovascular disease (CVD). These women had low awareness of the prevalence of CVD, attributed CVD to stress and low socioeconomic status, saw the media as an important source of health-related knowledge, and saw a need for more community awareness on CVD among African-American people.

    View details for Web of Science ID 000088212000005

    View details for PubMedID 11009856