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Hero with a Heart Honoree

Dr. Angela Sharkey is a pediatric cardiologist at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center who serves as Professor of Pediatrics at St. Louis University and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development at the St. Louis University School of Medicine. Previously, she was a Professor of Pediatrics at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, where she held positions for 18 years and Directed the Pediatric Marfan Syndrome Clinic.

Since joining SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, Dr .Sharkey established a Marfan Syndrome and Familial Aortopathy Clinic there. This monthly clinic offers screening, diagnosis, and management for children with Marfan syndrome and other genetic conditions that cause heart problems. Not only does the clinic provide multi-faceted care for young patients, but it also draws student and resident physicians, giving them an opportunity to better understand Marfan and other genetic heart conditions.

Dr. Sharkey’s commitment to children with heart problems goes way beyond the examining room. She was a co-founder of St. Louis Children’s Hospital’s Camp Rhythm, a camp for children with heart disease, and served as its medical director for five years.

Her dedication to make life better for these children is also exemplified by her commitment to research on the cardiac implications of the disorder and she is widely published in professional journals. The Marfan community is most grateful for the role Dr. Sharkey played while at St. Louis Children’s Hospital as the lead investigator there for the losartan vs. atenolol clinical trial. This critical research study compares how these drugs impact the aorta in young patients with Marfan syndrome.

Because of Dr. Sharkey’s commitment to cardiac care and research, she is a sought out speaker on Marfan syndrome and related topics, and has presented lectures close to home and as far away as Austria.

In addition, she is dedicated to consumer education, most publicly through media interviews here in St. Louis.

A long-time friend to The Marfan Foundation, Dr. Sharkey participated extensively in our annual family conference when it was held in St. Louis in 2005. Our members from across the country got to know her well as she volunteered in our free patient evaluation health fair and led small-group workshops throughout the weekend.

Dr. Sharkey holds leadership positions in several national medical organizations, including the American Associate of Medical Colleges, and is consistently recognized as one of America’s top cardiologists and the Best Doctors in America.

We are delighted to honor Dr. Angela Sharkey for her many contributions to the Marfan syndrome and related disorders community. With doctors like Dr. Sharkey, we know our children are in great hands.