Stead Family Department of Pediatrics

Abhay Divekar, MBBS, MD


Director, Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization, Division of Pediatric Cardiology
Director of Cardiac Translational Research, Iowa Comprehensive Lung Imaging Center, Department of Radiology
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics  - Cardiology

Contact Information

Primary Office: 2844 JPP
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-356-8831



MBBS, University of Bombay
MD, Pediatrics, University of Bombay

Residency, Pediatrics, The Brooklyn Hospital Center
Fellowship, Pediatric Cardiology, New York University Medical Center
Fellowship, Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization and Cardiac Critical Care, CS Mott Children's Hospital

Licensure and Certifications

Federal DEA, Iowa
Federal DEA, South Dakota
South Dakota State Medical License
Iowa State Medical License
Maharashtra Medical Council, Bombay, India, MBBS
Maharashtra Medical Council, Bombay, India, MD
Licentiate of Medical Council of Canada (LMCC)
Specialist Certificate, Pediatrics, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Canada
Subspecialty Certificate, Pediatric Cardiology,  Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Canada
Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics
MD, Specialist Certificate, Pediatrics, Bombay University
Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)

Research Summary

My major research interest is the development of computer based algorithms to define interaction between intracardiac devices and the adjacent cardiovascular structures. I am involved in development of a new CT blood pool contrast agent which will help in improving cardiovascular imaging in children with congenital heart disease. I'm also involved in developing a model for gene therapy targeting the newborn pancreas using novel vascular access techniques.

Center, Program and Institute Affiliations

Iowa Comprehensive Lung Imaging Center

All Publications

Restrepo S, Divekar A, Law I.  Can EnSite Nav X Accurately Raise Suspicion of Anomalous Systemic Venous Connection?.  The Journal of Innovation in Cardiac Rhythm Management.  2014. 5:1535-1539.

Restrepo S, Law I, Divekar A.  Can EnSite Accurately Raise Suspicion of Anomalous Systemic Venous Anomalies?.  37th Midwest Pediatric Cardiology Society Conference Scientific Session.  2013 September 20. 

Divekar A, Horwitz P.  Percutaneous mechanical circulatory support for systemic ventricular failure after the Mustard procedure..  2013 July. 32(7):750-752.

Divekar A, Scholz T, Fernandez J.  Novel Percutaneous Transcatheter Intervention for Refractory Active Endocarditis as a Bridge to Surgery–Angiovac Aspiration System.  Catheter Cardiovasc Interv.  2013 May. 81(6):1008-1012.

Meyer C, Takai E, Lochner D, Divekar A, Duraiswamy N.  Development of Atrial Septal Defect and Occluder Models.  ASME 2013 Conference on Frontiers in Medical Devices Conference: Applications of Computer Modeling and Simulation.  2013. 

Fuld M, Hasegawa M, Halaweish A, Haynes S, Divekar A.  Dual Energy CT Perfused Blood Volume is a Surrogate for Dynamic Perfusion Measured by MDCT.  American Journal of Respiratory Critical Care Medicine.  2011. 183(A5201).

Kravchuk O, Ghaghada K, Halaweish A, Haynes S, Divekar A, Van Beek E, Hoffman E, Annapragada A.  Comprehensive CT Angiography Of Pulmonary Arteries, Coronary Arteries And Thoracic Aorta: Feasibility Studies Using A Long Circulating Liposomal-iodine Blood Pool Contrast Agent In Large Animals.  Critical Care Medicine, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.  2010. 390(A5523):1-2.

Divekar A, Haynes S.  In-vivo real time vascular dynamics in animal model of pulmonary hypertension using over-the-wire intravascular ultrasound - feasibility study.  Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions.  2010. 75(S2):S47-S162.

Haynes S, Divekar A.  In-Vivo Vascular Dynamics In An Animal Model Of Pulmonary Hypertension: Feasibility Of Using An Over-The-Wire Ultrasound Probe.  Pediatric Research.  2010. 68(4):363.

Horne D, Lee J, Mass M, Kesselman M, Drews T, Veroukis S, Hancock B, Cronin G, Divekar A, Soni R.  Pediatric Rescue Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation, without a Local Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Program: Single Institutional Review.  Canadian Journal of Cardiology.  2010. 26:75d.

Divekar A, Morriss J, Reinking B, Bartlett H.  Transcatheter Diagnosis and Intervention for Iatrogenic Right-to-Left Shunts Decades After Surgical Repair of Partial Anomalous Pulmonary Veins and an Atrial Septal Defect.  Pediatr Cardiol.  2009 November. 30(8):1150-1153.

Divekar A, Bonin G, Cooper H, Gutsol A, Koga T.  Animal model to study feasibility of venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation using renal replacement therapy platform.  Pediatric Nephrology.  2008. 23(10):1905.

Forbes K, J K.  Management of infants with idiopathic dilatation of the right atrium and atrial tachycardia.  Pediatr Cardiol.  2007 July. 

Forbes K, J K, Divekar A, Ross D, Rebeyka I.  Management of infants with idiopathic dilatation of the right atrium and atrial tachycardia.  Pediatr Cardiol.  2007 July. 

Alton G, Robertson C, Sauve R, Divekar A, Nettel-aguirre A, Selzer S, Joffe A, Rebeyka I, Ross D.  Early childhood health, growth, and neurodevelopmental outcomes after complete repair of total anomalous pulmonary venous connection at 6 weeks or younger.  J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg.  2007 April. 133(4):905-911.

Divekar A, Soni R, Seshia M, Drews T, Kesselman M, Bonin G, Press C, Maas M, Minnski J, Blydt-Hansen T.  Innovative Use of CRRT; Low Flow ECLS.  Blood Purification.  2007. 25:183-208.

Divekar A, Soni R, Cronin G, Seshia M, Kesselman M.  Rescue ECMO - A Canadian First!.  Canadian Journal of Cardiology.  2007. 23:202C.

Divekar A, Gutsol A, Dakshanamurthy S.  Transumbilical Catheter Intervention of Ductus Arteriosus in Neonatal Swine.  Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions.  2007. 70(1):S1-31.

Divekar A, Soni R.  Successful parental use of automated external defibrillator for an infant with long-QT syndrome.  Pediatrics.  2006 August. 

Divekar A, Lee J, Tymchak W, Rutledge J.  Percutaneous Coronary Intervention for Extrinsic Coronary Compression After Pulmonary Valve Replacement.  Catheter Cardiovasc Interv.  2006 March. 67(3):482-484.

Kantoch M, Rebekya I, Ross D, Houlden L, Divekar A, Kakadekar A.  AICD for Primary and Secondary Prevention of Sudden Death in Children.  Europace.  2006. 8:1-178.

Kantoch M, Rebekya I, Ross D, Houlden L, Divekar A, Kakadekar A.  AV Conduction Following Radiofrequency Ablation for AVNRT in Children.  Europace.  2006. 8:1-178.

Sellers E, Dean H, Flett B, Divekar A, Soni N, Saurette R.  Carotid intima-media thickness and other cardiovascular risk factors in youth with type 2 diabetes mellitus.  Canadian Journal of Diabetes: Abstract Book.  2005. 29:263-341.

Sellers E, Dean H, Flett B, Divekar A, Soni N, Saurette R.  Carotid intima-media thickness and other cardiovascular risk factors in youth with type 2 diabetes mellitus.  Diabetes.  2005. 54:A669.

Coe J, Tymchak W, Rutledge J, Burton F, Divekar A, Peppelassis D.  Eliminating pediatric coronary artery stenosis using sirolimus-eluting stents.  Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions.  2005. 66(1):1-147.

Coe J, Wong K, Divekar A, Dyck J, Dickie F, Hosking M.  Using an Ivalon Plug with Double Umbrellas to Close Fontan Fenestration.  Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions.  2005. 66(1):1-147.

Divekar A, Choe J, Saxena A.  Tetralogy of Fallot, total anomalous pulmonary venous return, and partial anomalous left pulmonary artery: a rare association..  Pediatr Cardiol.  2004 July. 25(4):430-431.

Divekar A, Cases R, Soni R.  Echocardiographic characteristics of venous air embolism presenting as reversible pulmonary atresia in a premature neonate.  Cardiol Young.  2004 February. 

Li C, Chudley A, Soni R, Divekar A.  Pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum and major aortopulmonary collaterals: association with deletion 22q11.2.  Pediatr Cardiol.  2003 July 29. 

DeSomma m, Divekar A, Galloway A, Colvin S, Artman M, Auslender M.  Impact of clinical pathway on the postoperative care of children undergoing surgical closure of atrial septal defects.  Appl Nurs Res.  2002 November. 

Peppelassis D, Divekar A, Dyck J, Coe J.  Antegrade valvuloplasty of critical infant stenoses using a low profile high pressure balloon catheter.  Canadian Journal of Cardiology.  2002. 18.

Vander Pluym T, Dyck J, Harder J, Soni R, Divekar A, Coe J.  Sequential blood nickel analyses after implantation of Amplatzer Septal Occluders in Children.  Canadian Journal of Cardiology.  2002. 18.

Divekar A, Auslender M, Colvin S, Artman M, M R.  Abnormal right coronary artery flow and multiple right ventricular myocardial infarctions associated with severe right ventricular systolic hypertension.  J Am Soc Echocardiogr.  2001 January. 

Phoon C, Divekar A, Rutkowski M.  Pediatric echocardiography: applications and limitations.  Curr Probl Pediatr.  1999 July. 

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