R. Robert Beekman


Robert H. Beekman, III, MD, is currently Professor of Pediatric Cardiology at Children's Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Beekman's subspecialty interests involve cardiac catheterization and interventional cardiology, and clinical quality improvement.

A native of California, Dr. Beekman graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles, and earned his MD from Duke University in Durham, NC. Dr. Beekman completed his pediatric internship and residency at UCLA Medical Center, and his pediatric cardiology fellowship at the University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI. Dr. Beekman also obtained a Master's Degree in Statistical Analysis and Research Design from the University of Michigan. From 1985 to 1996, Dr. Beekman was a member of the pision of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Michigan School of Medicine. From 1996-2006 he was Director of Cardiology at Children's Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati, and professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine.

Dr. Beekman's academic interests relate to cardiac catheterization, and he has made numerous scholarly contributions in the field of hemodynamic assessment and transcatheter intervention for congenital heart disease. He has published more than 170 manuscripts in cardiology journals.

Dr. Beekman has been active in the cardiology community, locally and nationally. He is Chair of the Section on Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Beekman also is the Chair of the JCCHD National Quality Improvement Collaborative for pediatric cardiology. Dr. Beekman has been a member of the Executive Committee and the Training Committee of the AHA Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young, and of the Congenital Heart Committee of the ACC. He is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Interventional Cardiology, a contributing editor of theHeart.org, an Internet cardiology journal, and an associate editor of Congenital Heart Disease.

Education and Training

MD: Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, 1976.

MS: Clinical Research Design and Statistics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1986.

Residency: Pediatrics, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, 1976 to 1979.

Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiology, CS Mott Children's Hospital, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1979 to 1982.

Certification: Pediatrics, 1981; Pediatric Cardiology, 1983.

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Anderson JB, Beekman RH 3rd, Eghtesady P, Kalkwarf HJ, Uzark K, Kehl JE, Marino BS. Predictors of poor weight gain in infants with a single ventricle. J Pediatr. 2010 Sep;157(3):407-13, 413.e1.

Sutherell JS, Hirsch R, Beekman RH 3rd. Pediatric interventional cardiology in the United States is dependent on the off-label use of medical devices. Congenit Heart Dis. 2010 Jan;5(1):2-7.

Anderson JB, Beekman RH 3rd, Border WL, Kalkwarf HJ, Khoury PR, Uzark K, Eghtesady P, Marino BS. Lower weight-for-age z score adversely affects hospital length of stay after the bidirectional Glenn procedure in 100 infants with a single ventricle. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2009 Aug;138(2):397-404.e1.

Beekman RH 3rd, Duncan BW, Hagler DJ, Jones TK, Kugler JD, Moore JW, Jenkins KJ; Workgroup on Pediatric Cardiac Devices, Section on Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, American Academy of Pediatrics. Pathways to approval of pediatric cardiac devices in the United States: challenges and solutions. Pediatrics. 2009 Jul;124(1):e155-62.

Bennett MR, Ravipati N, Ross G, Nguyen MT, Hirsch R, Beekman RH, Rovner L, Devarajan P. Using proteomics to identify preprocedural risk factors for contrast induced nephropathy. Proteomics Clin Appl. 2008;2(7-8):1058-1064.

Cooper DS, Jacobs JP, Chai PJ, Jaggers J, Barach P, Beekman RH, Krogman O, Manning P. Pulmonary complications associated with the treatment of patients with congenital heart disease: Consensus definitions from the Multi-Societal Database Committee for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease. Cardiology in the Young. 2008;18:215-221.

Jenkins KJ, Beekman RH, Bergersen LJ, Everett AD, Forbes TJ, Franklin RCG, Klitzner TS, Krogman ON, Martin GR, Webb CL. Databases for assessing the outcomes of the treatment of patients with congenital and paediatric cardiac disease: The perspective of cardiology. Cardiology in the Young. 2008;18:116-123, 2008.

Mays WA, Border WL, Knecht SK, Gerdes YM, Pfriem H, Claytor RP, Knilans TK, Hirsch R, Mone SM, BeekmanRH. Exercise capacity improves after transcatheter closure of the Fontan fenestration in children. Congenital Heart Disease. 2008;3: 254-261.

Gudausky TM, Hirsch R, Khoury PR, Beekman RH: Comparison of two transcatheter device strategies for occlusion of the patent ductus arteriosus. Catheter Cardiovasc Interven. 2008;72: 675-680.

Gruenstein DH, Beekman RH, Spicer RL Ductal stent and cavo-atrial sac occlusion in an adult with profound cyanosis after palliated cyanotic congenital heart disease. residual superior vena caval-right atrial shunt in an adult with palliated comple xcongenital heart disease. J Invasive Cardiol. 2008;20: E41-43.