Cardio-Obstetrics Series Page

Welcome to the CardioNerds Cardio-Obstetrics Series Page! 

The CardioNerds Cardio-Obstetrics series is a comprehensive series led by series co-chairs Dr. Natalie Stokes CardioNerds ambassador from UPMC and Dr. Sonia Shah CardioNerds ambassador from UTSW, and produced in collaboration with WomenHeart.

Why Cardio-Obstetrics❓ Because it’s important, and relevant to anyone taking care of women who are, may become, or have been pregnant as cardiovascular disease is the #1 cause of pregnancy-related death. 


In order to raise awareness we’ve put together an fun, sometimes sobering, but comprehensive curriculum, so get ready, because this CardioNerds Cardio-Obstetrics cruise will dock at several ports along the way: ✔normal pregnancy physiology, hypertensive disorders, ✔arrhythmia, ✔valvular heart disease, ✔anticoagulation, ✔pulmonary hypertension, ✔congestive heart failure, ✔aortopathies, ✔coronary artery disease, ✔critical care, ✔4th trimester, ✔Racial disparities in care, ✔interventional considerations, ✔patient perspectives including from womenheart champions, and more!


CardioNerd Amit Goyal, cardioobstetrics series co-chair Dr. Natalie Stokes, and episode lead Dr. Daniela Crousillat discuss normal cardiovascular physiology in pregnancy with Dr. Garima Sharma, Director of the Cardio-Obstetrics Program and the Ciccarone Center ‘s Associate Director of Preventive Cardiology Education in the Division of Cardiology. They discuss physiology from conception to post-partum, including the key hemodynamic, hormonal, and structural changes associated with normal pregnancy in the absence of pre-existing cardiovascular disease.

CardioNerds (Amit Goyal and Daniel Ambinder), cardioobstetrics series co-chair Dr. Natalie Stokes, Northwestern University CardioNerds Ambassador Dr. Loie Farina, and episode lead fellow, Dr. Agnes Koczo (University of Pittsburgh) join Dr. Julie Damp of Vanderbilt University Associate Director of the VUMC Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship for a discussion about pregnancy, heart failure, and peripartum cardiomyopathy. Episode introduction by Dr. Luis Calderon. Audio editing by Pace Wetstein.


CardioNerds Amit Goya and Daniel Ambinder, cardioobstetrics series co-chair Dr. Natalie Stokes, and episode lead Dr. Priya Kothapalli (University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School) discuss pregnancy and coronary artery disease with Dr. Malissa Wood, co-founder and co-director of the Corrigan Woman’s Heart Health center at Massachusetts General Hospital. They discuss the differential diagnosis of chest pain in the pregnant patient, the diagnostic approach and management of acute coronary syndromes in the patient population, and manifestations and management of SCAD in pregnancy. Episode introduction by Dr. Julie Power.

Cardio-Obstetrics Series Co-Chairs!

Natalie Stokes MD

Dr. Natalie Stokes

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Dr. Natalie Stokes is a second year cardiology fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She completed medical school and residency at the University of Pennsylvania, and prior to that completed a graduate degree in Gender Studies at the University of York, UK. She has interest in CVD in pregnancy, gender equity, health systems and medical education. She enjoys deadlifting and mountain biking!

Sonia Shah, MD

Dr. Sonia Shah

UT Southwestern

Dr. Sonia Shah is a second-year cardiology fellow at UT Southwestern. Sonia is interested in studying cardiovascular pathophysiology in women as well as sex differences in cardiovascular outcomes. 


Meet Our Guests!

Garima Sharma M.B.B.S.

Dr. Garima Sharma

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Dr. Garima Sharma is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology and Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. She serves as Director of the Cardio-Obstetrics Program and the Ciccarone Center ‘s Associate Director of Preventive Cardiology Education in the Division of Cardiology. Her clinical and research interests are in CVD in pregnancy specifically adverse pregnancy outcomes and CV risks, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, and gender equity.
Daniella Crousillat, MD

Dr. Daniella Crousillat

Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Daniella Crousillat is an advanced echocardiography fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. She is interested in sex differences in valvular heart disease and pregnancy-associated CVD with a special focus on health disparities and the care of vulnerable patient populations.

Dr. Julie Damp

Dr. Julie Damp

Vanderbilt University

Dr. Julie Damp is program director of the cardiology fellowship at Vanderbilt University. She was part of the multicenter Peripartum Cardiomyopathy Network for the Investigations in Pregnancy-Associated Cardiomyopathy (IPAC) Study. In addition to her clinical and research work in cardio-obstetrics, her expertise include medical education, critical care cardiology, and noninvasive cardiac imaging.

Dr. Agnes Koczo

Dr. Agnes Koczo

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Dr. Agnes Koczo is a second year cardiology fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She is interested in cardio-obstetrics and adult congenital heart disease. She plans to pursue a T32 postdoctoral research fellowship studying immune dysregulation in patients with cardiac complications in pregnancy.

Dr. Loie Farina

Dr. Loie Farina

Northwestern University

Dr. Loie Farina @loiefarina is a cardiology fellow at Northwestern University. After venturing down south for undergrad at Duke (go Blue Devils!), she returned home to Chicago and has since completed both medical school and residency at Northwestern. She hopes to pursue a career in advanced heart failure and transplantation and is passionate about medical education and heart disease in women. Outside the hospital, she enjoys running along Chicago’s Lakefront Trail, cooking, and exploring new restaurants.