Irfan Kathiriya, M.D.

2017 Hellman Fellow

Assistant Professor of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care

Project Title: Defining Progenitors for the Interventricular Septum

As a pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist, Dr. Kathiriya cares for patients of all ages with congenital heart disease (CHD) undergoing surgical and interventional procedures at UCSF. Clinical care of these patients has inspired and informed his basic science research, which focuses on the developmental biology of congenital cardiac lesions. The Hellman Family Award for Early Career Faculty will support a research collaboration with Dr. Patrick Devine, to better understand how early precursor cells contribute to later form of the ventricular septum in the developing heart. The ventricular septum normally divides the ventricular chambers and is often abnormal as a ventricular septal defect in patients with CHD. Dr. Kathiriya earned his MD and PhD from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center with Dr. Deepak Srivastava. After his clinical training, he pursued postdoctoral research training at the J. David Gladstone Institutes with Dr. Benoit Bruneau.