Children’s Heartbeat


Children’s Heartbeat is a free international webinar series which centers on a case presentation, allowing for a discussion with experts about a difficult case and treatment options. Children’s Heartbeat was created by Dr. Seshadri Balaji of Oregon Health & Science University, and was founded as a way to connect with international doctors who may not always have another specialist to consult with on cardiac-related cases. This program is open to participants across the globe.

Experts are brought on each month to address each particular case. This is an informal discussion that allows physicians and health care providers to get input on cases, ask questions, and learn from the experts. Past experts include Dr. Susan Etheridge, Dr. Prince Kannankeril, Dr. Bryan Cannon, Dr. Shubhayan Sanatani, and cases are moderated by Dr. Seshadri Balaji. 

Duration and Frequency: One hour, once a month.

Format: Case-presentation and discussion with audience participation followed by a summary with didactic learning points in a live webinar format.

Audience: Any physician or health care provider may join. 

How to join: Registration is mandatory and free. You only need to register once.

Questions: Please contact Dr Seshadri Balaji ( or Hannah Holiman ( for questions.

*If you’ve registered in the past, you will need to re-register for this upcoming session due to a change in the ECHO Institute’s online program.

Register for the next meeting here

Catch up with the past sessions here.


CHB seeks to bridge a significant chasm that exists in the understanding of rhythm disorders in children across the globe, particularly in low and middle income countries (LMICs). The overwhelming majority of children with heart ailments live in LMICs where there is a serious shortfall of learning opportunities in diagnosis and management of heart rhythm disorders. CHB uses a unique case-based approach together with a dialogue among the most learned experts in the field to teach essential principles using an accessible virtual platform.  As a result the sessions are highly engaging and educative. The opportunity for trainees to present cases has incalculable value because it enables direct access to the best in the business.”

R Krishna Kumar, MD DM FAHA

Clinical Professor and Head, Pediatric Cardiology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Kerala, India

“As a budding fetal and pediatric cardiologist, I found this program as a great platform for me to grow my pedigree of pediatric arrhythmia knowledge. Thank you for giving me many opportunities to present in this platform. I am able to manage difficult pediatric rhythm problems in a small town in India with great inputs from the program. Many thanks.

Dr. Balaganesh Karmegaraj MD, DM 

Fetal and Pediatric Interventional Cardiologist
Sowmi Fetal and Pediatric Heart Centre, Tirunelve

“Although there are only 2 designated experts for each case discussion, at least 6 or 7 electrophysiologists have been present during each program and have actively contributed to the discussion around the case. I have often felt that I am in the middle of a Joint Cardiac Conference discussing my patient and not in a teaching session. Even accomplished electrophysiologists have commented that they have learnt new things from some of the sessions. It is a model that can be replicated across the many facets of pediatric cardiac training.

Dr. Mani Ram Krishna

Consultant Pediatric and Fetal Cardiologist
Tiny Hearts Fetal and Pediatric Cardiac Clinic, Thanjavur

Register for the next meeting here

Catch up with the past sessions here.