Sara Pasquali

Sara Pasquali, MD, MHS

Janette Ferrantino Professor of Pediatrics
Service Chief, Pediatric Cardiology, University of Michigan Congenital Heart Center


Dr. Pasquali is the Janette Ferrantino Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital where she serves as the Service Chief in Pediatric Cardiology She is also a faculty member at the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation at the University of Michigan.  

She received her undergraduate degree from University of Michigan and medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Pasquali completed pediatric residency and pediatric cardiology fellowship training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  She also has a Masters of Health Sciences degree from the Duke Clinical Research Training Program. 

Dr. Pasquali's research, supported by NHLBI R01 funding, focuses on outcomes and quality assessment in children undergoing heart surgery, and she has authored more than 200 publications in this area. She serves as the co-PI for her program’s participation as a Pediatric Heart Network core site, and is the Co-Director of Cardiac Networks United which brings together organizations across the field to accelerate research and improvement initiatives.  Dr. Pasquali also serves as the Chair of the annual scientific sessions for the American Heart Association’s Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young.


R01 HL122261 NIH/NHLBI (Pasquali, PI) 4/1/14-6/30/21. 
Understanding Quality and Costs in Congenital Heart Surgery

UG1 HL135665 NIH/NHLBI (Pasquali, Co-PI) 1/1/2017-10/31/2023. 
Pediatric Heart Network Core Site

U10HL068270 NIH/NHLBI (Pasquali, PI) 1/1/2017-10/31/2023
Pediatric Heart Network Integrated CARdiac Data and Outcomes (iCARD) Collaborative

Published Articles or Reviews

Pasquali SK, Dimick JB, Ohye RG.  Time for a more unified approach to pediatric healthcare policy?  The case of congenital heart care. JAMA 2015;314:1689-90.

Pasquali SK, Banerjee M, Romano JC, Normand ST. Hospital performance assessment in congenital heart surgery: Where do we go from here? Ann Thorac Surg 2020;109:621-626.

Pasquali SK, Thibault D, O’Brien SM, Jacobs JP, Gaynor JW, Romano JC, Gaies MG, Jacobs ML, Shahian DM, Backer, CL, Mayer JE.  National variation in congenital heart surgery outcomes. Circulation 2020 Oct 6;142(14):1351-1360. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.120.046962. Epub 2020 Oct 5.