Educating the Next Generation of Great Minds

As a cardiology fellow, Chittur A. Sivaram, MBBS, FACC, was drawn to the potential of the echocardiography field, which at that time was maturing as a new diagnostic tool. “Its solid foundation in morphology and physiology, along with its future potential in the management of cardiovascular diseases was appealing to me,” he says. “Since that time we have had further advances in echocardiography, including Doppler imaging, transesophageal echocardiography and 3-D echocardiography resulting in promises well kept.” Sivaram also acknowledges that his interest in photography also played a role in his interest in image formatting. “I consider echocardiography a place where art and science intersect.” He has served the College in many education efforts, including serving as chair of the Cardiology Training and Workforce Committee, and as a member of both the Fellowship Education Redesign Task Force and the Lifelong Learning Oversight Committee, among others. Sivaram was the recipient of the Gifted Educator Award during ACC.15, which he considers a “validation of my pursuits as an educator for over 30 years.” Read his full Cardiology interview.