Nicole Cresalia, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Pediatric Cardiologist
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco

Curriculum Vitae

  • Washington University School of Medicine
  • St. Louis Children's Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, Pediatrics
  • University of Michigan, Pediatric Cardiology


Dr. Nicole Cresalia is a pediatric cardiologist with expertise in pediatric, fetal and transesophageal echocardiography, which uses sound waves to create moving images of the heart. In addition to treating infants and children as outpatients in the clinic, she cares for hospitalized pediatric patients with heart disease or following cardiac surgery.

Cresalia enjoys educating families on how the past several decades have seen a dramatic improvement in surgical outcomes for pediatric cardiology patients, enabling them to thrive.

Cresalia earned her medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She then completed a residency in pediatrics at St. Louis Children's Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, followed by a pediatric cardiology fellowship at the University of Michigan, where she also trained in advanced noninvasive imaging.

Cresalia belongs to the American Society of Echocardiography, Society of Pediatric Echocardiography and Fetal Heart Society. In 2010, she received the Jessie L. Ternberg, Award, given for determination, perseverance and dedication to patients. She has also volunteered at an overnight camp for children with congenital heart defects. She is an assistant clinical professor at UCSF.

Cresalia's research interests involve using non-invasive imaging techniques — fetal imaging, transthoracic and 3-D echocardiography — to predict and improve patient outcomes. She is also interested in how to enhance education at all stages of medical training.