A pediatric cardiologist is a physician who receives extensive training in diagnosing and treating congenital heart defects and other problems associated with a child's heart. This subspecialty involves a three-year fellowship in pediatric cardiology.
Fellowship training includes clinical cardiology, research and invasive and noninvasive cardiac procedures. After fellowship candidates for board certification in pediatric cardiology must prepare to pass a test sponsored by the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Patel is board certified in Pediatric Cardiology. In addition, continued medical education is essential for competency and to keep up with the many developments in the growing field.