Samuel Wittekind, MD, MSci, ACC

Samuel Wittekind, MD, MSci, ACC

I am a pediatric cardiologist at Cincinnati Children’s who specializes in the care of young patients with heart failure from any number of causes including congenital heart disease, inherited cardiomyopathy and acquired heart disease. I work on an advanced heart failure team that provides individualized treatment for these vulnerable patients. I went into medicine because I enjoy solving diagnostic puzzles, exploring new therapies and helping people achieve their potential through better health. I enjoy working with children and young adults because of their physical and mental resilience. In my practice, I use evidence-based care that is truly patient centered. My aim is to help patients and families identify their health-related goals and make plans to achieve those goals. In addition to caring for patients, I’m involved in research. I am interested in cardiopulmonary fitness as a modifiable risk factor for morbidity and mortality in pediatric heart disease and other chronic conditions, including cancer. I am studying how exercise training can improve outcomes that are important to both patients and the healthcare system. When I'm not taking care of patients or conducting research, I enjoy spending time playing with my family and friends. I'm also an avid fly fisherman.