An Evening with DocStars, hosted by The Cary Council, is on October 25 at UT Southwestern Medical Center. This signature event supports young UT Southwestern investigators working on promising early stage research, and we’re sharing bios of the three finalist DocStars who were selected by UT Southwestern leadership and The Cary Council.

Animesh (Aashoo) Tandon, M.D., M.S.Animesh (Aashoo) Tandon, M.D., M.S. Developing life-saving monitoring techniques for babies with congenital heart disease

During Dr. Tandon’s medical training at the University of Michigan Medical School, he performed a research fellowship at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke/NIH through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute/NIH Research Scholars (Cloister) Program. He completed his pediatric residency and categorical pediatric cardiology fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. During fellowship, he earned a Masters in Clinical and Translational Research from the University of Cincinnati and then completed an advanced imaging fellowship at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta/Emory University.

Dr. Tandon’s work focuses on infants diagnosed with congenital heart disease. For survival, these babies need three surgeries at ~1 week, at 4-6 months, and at ~2-5 years of age. The time between the first and second surgeries is particularly critical, as these infants are at increased risk of harmful health events and experience a death rate 20 times higher than healthy infants. Current monitoring techniques don’t provide doctors enough time to detect health deteriorations and better prevent these deaths. To do so, Dr. Tandon and his team propose that these infants wear special biosensors at home to continuously monitor data. The team will use advanced machine learning techniques to analyze massive amounts of collected data and to recognize patterns that precede dangerous health events. These patterns can then be used to predict future events, prompting medical intervention hours or days before the infant’s health becomes critical.

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