“To be able to make a lifelong impact on health of children is a privilege and responsibility that inspires me to do what I do to the best of my abilities. Challenges are daily but I do not let logistics get in the way of excellence. My advice to trainees would be to work hard, do your best and make every effort to be slightly better than yesterday. Surgeon can only be successful at their job if they have a supportive sacrificing family behind them. My goal is to be the best surgeon I can be and be part of the training of the future surgeons“
Dr. Shashidharan is a Pediatric Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. She serves as the Director of Quality for Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Children’s and Director of the Emory Adult Congenital Heart Center.
Dr. “Subi,” as she likes to be called, graduated from Bangalore Medical College in Bangalore, India. She completed her general surgery residency at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, Md. She completed her cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at the University of Southern California and congenital cardiac surgery fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
Her clinical interests include neonatal heart surgery and adult congenital cardiac surgery. She is active in the Women in Thoracic Surgery organization and hopes her work is paving the way for aspiring female physicians.
Away from the hospital, she enjoys hiking, travel, painting, tatting, dancing and spending time with her family.
As highlighted in her nomination by Dr. Lauren Kane:
“Dr. Subi Shashidharan is a superstar in her own right. She is an incredibly talented congenital cardiac surgeon and in her first 6 years of practice she has grown into a mature surgeon performing the full gamut of congenital heart surgery. Her passion is neonatal surgeries. In addition, she has developed a pathway for treating tracheal stenosis, has a patent pending, and is working on a valve that can “grow” in pediatric patients. She is the Program Director for a sought-after congenital fellowship. She has also developed clinical programs and serves in several leadership roles within her organization. In addition to being a passionate and skilled surgeon, she is a kind, generous, thoughtful, fun person, a great mom and a role-model to women in surgery.”