Clinical Focus

  • Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Academic Appointments

Professional Education

  • Fellowship: Stanford University Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship (2023) CA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiology (2022)
  • Fellowship: Stanford University Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship (2021) CA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatrics (2018)
  • Residency: Stanford University Pediatric Residency at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital (2018) CA
  • Medical Education: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (2015) IL

All Publications

  • Criteria for Early Pacemaker Implantation in Patients With Postoperative Heart Block After Congenital Heart Surgery. Circulation. Arrhythmia and electrophysiology Duong, S. Q., Shi, Y., Giacone, H., Navarre, B., Gal, D., Han, B., Sganga, D., Ma, M., Reddy, C. D., Shin, A., Kwiatkowski, D. M., Dubin, A. M., Scheinker, D., Algaze, C. A. 2022: e011145


    Guidelines recommend observation for atrioventricular node recovery until postoperative days (POD) 7 to 10 before permanent pacemaker placement (PPM) in patients with heart block after congenital cardiac surgery. To aid in surgical decision-making for early PPM, we established criteria to identify patients at high risk of requiring PPM.We reviewed all cases of second degree and complete heart block (CHB) on POD 0 from August 2009 through December 2018. A decision tree model was trained to predict the need for PPM amongst patients with persistent CHB and prospectively validated from January 2019 through March 2021. Separate models were developed for all patients on POD 0 and those without recovery by POD 4.Of the 139 patients with postoperative heart block, 68 required PPM. PPM was associated with older age (3.2 versus 1.0 years; P=0.018) and persistent CHB on POD 0 (versus intermittent CHB or second degree heart block; 87% versus 58%; P=0.001). Median days [IQR] to atrioventricular node recovery was 2 [0-5] and PPM was 9 [6-11]. Of the 100 cases of persistent CHB (21 in the validation cohort), 59 (59%) required PPM. A decision tree model identified 4 risk factors for PPM in patients with persistent CHB: (1) aortic valve replacement, subaortic stenosis repair, or Konno procedure; (2) ventricular L-looping; (3) atrioventricular valve replacement; (4) and absence of preoperative antiarrhythmic agent (in POD 0 model only). The POD 4 model specificity was 0.89 [0.67-0.99] and positive predictive value was 0.94 [95% CI 0.81-0.98], which was stable in prospective validation (positive predictive value 1.0).A data-driven analysis led to actionable criteria to identify patients requiring PPM. Patients with left ventricular outflow tract surgery, atrioventricular valve replacement, or ventricular L-Looping could be considered for PPM on POD 4 to reduce risks of temporary pacing and improve care efficiency.

    View details for DOI 10.1161/CIRCEP.122.011145

    View details for PubMedID 36306332

  • Early Functional Status After Surgery for Congenital Heart Disease: A Single-Center Retrospective Study. Pediatric critical care medicine : a journal of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies Han, B., Yang, J. K., Ling, A. Y., Ma, M., Kipps, A. K., Shin, A. Y., Beshish, A. G. 2021


    OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study is to investigate the change in functional status in infants, children, and adolescents undergoing congenital heart surgery using the Functional Status Scale.DESIGN: A single-center retrospective study.SETTING: A 26-bed cardiac ICU in a free-standing university-affiliated tertiary children's hospital.PATIENTS: All patients 0-18 years who underwent congenital heart surgery from January 1, 2014, to December 31, 2017.INTERVENTIONS: None.MEASUREMENTS AND MIN RESULTS: The primary outcome variable was change in Functional Status Scale scores from admission to discharge. Additionally, two binary outcomes were derived from the primary outcome: new morbidity (change in Functional Status Scale ≥ 3) and unfavorable functional outcome (change in Functional Status Scale ≥ 5); their association with risk factors was assessed using modified Poisson regression. Out of 1,398 eligible surgical encounters, 65 (4.6%) and 15 (1.0%) had evidence of new morbidity and unfavorable functional outcomes, respectively. Higher Surgeons Society of Thoracic and the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery score, single-ventricle physiology, and longer cardiopulmonary bypass time were associated with new morbidity. Longer hospital length of stay was associated with both new morbidity and unfavorable outcome.CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrates the novel application of the Functional Status Scale on patients undergoing congenital heart surgery. New morbidity was noted in 4.6%, whereas unfavorable outcome in 1%. There was a small change in the total Functional Status Scale score that was largely attributed to changes in the feeding domain. Higher Society of Thoracic and the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery score, single-ventricle physiology, and longer cardiopulmonary bypass times were associated with new morbidity, whereas longer hospital length of stay was associated with both new morbidity and unfavorable outcome. Further studies with larger sample size will need to be done to confirm our findings and to better ascertain the utility of Functional Status Scale on this patient population.

    View details for DOI 10.1097/PCC.0000000000002838

    View details for PubMedID 34593740

  • Role of Texting as a Source of Cognitive Burden in a Pediatric Cardiovascular ICU. Hospital pediatrics Han, B., Gal, D. B., Mafla, M., Sacks, L. D., Singh, A. T., Shin, A. Y. 2021


    OBJECTIVES: To characterize frontline provider perception of clinical text messaging and quantify clinical texting data in a pediatric cardiovascular ICU (CICU).METHODS: This is a mixed-methods, retrospective single center study. A survey of frontline CICU providers (pediatric fellows, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants) was conducted to assess attitudes characterizing text messaging on cognitive burden. Text messaging data were abstracted and quantified between January 29, 2020, and April 18, 2020, and the patterns of text messages were analyzed per shift and by provider.RESULTS: The survey was completed by 33 of 39 providers (85%). Out of responders, 78% indicated that clinical text messaging frequently or very frequently disrupts critical thinking and workflow. They also felt that the burden of messages was worse during the night shift. Through abstraction, 31926 text messages were identified. A median of 15 (interquartile range: 12-19) messages per hour were received. A median of 5 messages were received per hour per provider during the day shift and 6 during the night shift. From the entire study period, there were total 2 hours of high-frequency texting (≥15 texts per hour) during the day shift and 68 hours during the night shift.CONCLUSION: In our study, providers in the CICU received a large number of texts with a disproportionate burden during the night shift. Text messages are a potential source of cognitive overload for providers. Optimization of text messaging may be needed to mitigate cognitive burden for frontline providers.

    View details for DOI 10.1542/hpeds.2021-005869

    View details for PubMedID 34497133

  • Quantifying Electronic Health Record Data: A Potential Risk for Cognitive Overload. Hospital pediatrics Gal, D. B., Han, B., Longhurst, C., Scheinker, D., Shin, A. Y. 2021


    OBJECTIVES: To quantify and describe patient-generated health data.METHODS: This is a retrospective, single-center study of patients hospitalized in the pediatric cardiovascular ICU between February 1, 2020, and February 15, 2020. The number of data points generated over a 24-hour period per patient was collected from the electronic health record. Data were analyzed by type, and frontline provider exposure to data was extrapolated on the basis of patient-to-provider ratios.RESULTS: Thirty patients were eligible for inclusion. Nineteen were hospitalized after cardiac surgery, whereas 11 were medical patients. Patients generated an average of 1460 (SD 509) new data points daily, resulting in frontline providers being presented with an average of 4380 data points during a day shift (7:00 am to 7:00 pm). Overnight, because of a higher patient-to-provider ratio, frontline providers were exposed to an average of 16060 data points. There was no difference in data generation between medical and surgical patients. Structured data accounted for >80% of the new data generated.CONCLUSIONS: Health care providers face significant generation of new data daily through the contemporary electronic health record, likely contributing to cognitive burden and putting them at risk for cognitive overload. This study represents the first attempt to quantify this volume in the pediatric setting. Most data generated are structured and amenable to data-optimization systems to mitigate the potential for cognitive overload and its deleterious effects on patient safety and health care provider well-being.

    View details for DOI 10.1542/hpeds.2020-002402

    View details for PubMedID 33500357

  • Use of Chimeric Antigen Receptor Modified T Cells With Extensive Leukemic Myocardial Involvement JACC: CARDIOONCOLOGY Han, B., Montiel-Esparza, R., Chubb, H., Kache, S., Schultz, L. M., Davis, K. L., Ramakrishna, S., Su, L. 2020; 2 (4): 666–70
  • Use of Chimeric Antigen Receptor Modified T Cells With Extensive Leukemic Myocardial Involvement. JACC. CardioOncology Han, B., Montiel-Esparza, R., Chubb, H., Kache, S., Schultz, L. M., Davis, K. L., Ramakrishna, S., Su, L. 2020; 2 (4): 666-670

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jaccao.2020.08.009

    View details for PubMedID 34396279

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  • Programmatic Approach to Management of Tetralogy of Fallot With Major Aortopulmonary Collateral Arteries A 15-Year Experience With 458 Patients CIRCULATION-CARDIOVASCULAR INTERVENTIONS Bauser-Heaton, H., Borquez, A., Han, B., Ladd, M., Asija, R., Downey, L., Koth, A., Algaze, C. A., Wise-Faberowski, L., Perry, S. B., Shin, A., Peng, L. F., Hanley, F. L., McElhinney, D. B. 2017; 10 (4)


    Tetralogy of Fallot with major aortopulmonary collateral arteries is a complex and heterogeneous condition. Our institutional approach to this lesion emphasizes early complete repair with the incorporation of all lung segments and extensive lobar and segmental pulmonary artery reconstruction.We reviewed all patients who underwent surgical intervention for tetralogy of Fallot and major aortopulmonary collateral arteries at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford (LPCHS) since November 2001. A total of 458 patients underwent surgery, 291 (64%) of whom underwent their initial procedure at LPCHS. Patients were followed for a median of 2.7 years (mean 4.3 years) after the first LPCHS surgery, with an estimated survival of 85% at 5 years after first surgical intervention. Factors associated with worse survival included first LPCHS surgery type other than complete repair and Alagille syndrome. Of the overall cohort, 402 patients achieved complete unifocalization and repair, either as a single-stage procedure (n=186), after initial palliation at our center (n=74), or after surgery elsewhere followed by repair/revision at LPCHS (n=142). The median right ventricle:aortic pressure ratio after repair was 0.35. Estimated survival after repair was 92.5% at 10 years and was shorter in patients with chromosomal anomalies, older age, a greater number of collaterals unifocalized, and higher postrepair right ventricle pressure.Using an approach that emphasizes early complete unifocalization and repair with incorporation of all pulmonary vascular supply, we have achieved excellent results in patients with both native and previously operated tetralogy of Fallot and major aortopulmonary collateral arteries.

    View details for DOI 10.1161/CIRCINTERVENTIONS.116.004952

    View details for PubMedID 28356265

  • Incidence, risk factors, and outcomes of acute kidney injury in adults undergoing surgery for congenital heart disease. Cardiology in the young Kwiatkowski, D. M., Price, E., Axelrod, D. M., Romfh, A. W., Han, B. S., Sutherland, S. M., Krawczeski, C. D. 2016: 1-8


    Acute kidney injury after cardiac surgery is a frequent and serious complication among children with congenital heart disease (CHD) and adults with acquired heart disease; however, the significance of kidney injury in adults after congenital heart surgery is unknown. The primary objective of this study was to determine the incidence of acute kidney injury after surgery for adult CHD. Secondary objectives included determination of risk factors and associations with clinical outcomes.This single-centre, retrospective cohort study was performed in a quaternary cardiovascular ICU in a paediatric hospital including all consecutive patients ⩾18 years between 2010 and 2013.Data from 118 patients with a median age of 29 years undergoing cardiac surgery were analysed. Using Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcome creatinine criteria, 36% of patients developed kidney injury, with 5% being moderate to severe (stage 2/3). Among higher-complexity surgeries, incidence was 59%. Age ⩾35 years, preoperative left ventricular dysfunction, preoperative arrhythmia, longer bypass time, higher Risk Adjustment for Congenital Heart Surgery-1 category, and perioperative vancomycin use were significant risk factors for kidney injury development. In multivariable analysis, age ⩾35 years and vancomycin use were significant predictors. Those with kidney injury were more likely to have prolonged duration of mechanical ventilation and cardiovascular ICU stay in the univariable regression analysis.We demonstrated that acute kidney injury is a frequent complication in adults after surgery for CHD and is associated with poor outcomes. Risk factors for development were identified but largely not modifiable. Further investigation within this cohort is necessary to better understand the problem of kidney injury.

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