Division of Pediatric Cardiology Comes to WCHOB

Updated: 8/8/2014

UB|MD Pediatrics is pleased to announce the introduction of a new Division of Pediatric Cardiology at the Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. The division will be led by three highly experienced physicians who share the same goal of providing compassionate care for patients suffering from cardiac conditions and congenital heart disease, beginning in utero and lasting into adulthood.

These physicians, all of whom are board certified in both pediatrics and pediatric cardiology, will use their experience and expertise to take on a wide array of complex heart-related disorders, including congenital and structural heart disease, cardiomyopathies, both familial and acquired, acquired heart diseases, and rhythm disorders. In addition, a strong focus will be placed on preventative procedures and education, especially in relation to obesity, hypertension, and high cholesterol.

Rula Balluz, MD, MPH, has been appointed Chief of Pediatric Cardiology and is Clinical Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo. She comes to Western New York from St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, PA, where she was Director of the ECHO Laboratory. Dr. Balluz completed her pediatric cardiology fellowship at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. She is an accomplished physician and educator, and has been integral in developing courses for medical students in the State University of New York system.

Oleg Kovalenko, MD, has been appointed Director of Electrophysiology & Device Service and is Clinical Assistant Professor at the University at Buffalo. Prior to coming to Women & Children’s Hospital, he was Director of Pediatric Electrophysiology & Device Service at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, OH, where he also completed his pediatric cardiology fellowship. Dr. Kovalenko completed a second fellowship in pediatric electrophysiology at the University of Michigan. His clinical interests are varied, and include the treatment of arrhythmias in children (both invasive/interventional and non-invasive) and ICD/Pacemaker implantation.

Umang Gupta, MBBS, is an Attending in Pediatric Cardiology and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University at Buffalo. He was most recently an attending cardiologist at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, TX. Dr. Gupta completed his pediatric cardiology fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL and Cardiac MRI training at Boston Children’s Hospital. He also was active in the faculty of Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he was named Best Teaching Resident in 2007.

The Division of Pediatric Cardiology will have diverse diagnostic capabilities, including performance and interpretation of pediatric transthoracic echocardiograms, fetal echocardiograms, and electrocardiograms; 24-48 hour Holter and event monitor interpretation; and many other services. 

For more information on the Division of Pediatric Cardiology, call (716) 380-5322 or click here.