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Nicole Cresalia


  • Associate Professor, Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Cardiologist


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.

Education & Training

  • University of California, San Francisco, CA Teaching Scholars Program
  • University of California, San Francisco, CA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training


  • Aljohani OA, Arcilla L, Kaushik N, Cresalia NM, Li B, Edwell AA, Ramirez AM, Anwar S. Myocarditis in children after COVID-19 vaccine. Ann Pediatr Cardiol. 2022 May-Jun; 15(3):280-283. PubMed
  • Bernal J, Cresalia N, Fuller J, Gin B, Laves E, Lupton K, Malkina A, Marmor A, Wheeler D, Williams M, van Schaik S. Comprehensive Assessment of Clinical Learning Environments to Drive Improvement: Lessons Learned from a Pilot Program. Teach Learn Med. 2023 Oct-Dec; 35(5):565-576. PubMed
  • Nawaytou H, Springston C, Lazar A, Keller S, Hogan W, Cresalia N, Peyvandi S, Cocalis M, Moon-Grady A, Brook M. A Measurement-Based Protocol Improves Interrater Agreement and Accuracy of Right Ventricular Systolic Pressure Assessment by Echocardiography in Children: A Call for Quality Improvement. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2022 10; 35(10):1091-1100. PubMed
  • Lai Z, Vadlaputi P, Tancredi DJ, Garg M, Koppel RI, Goodman M, Hogan W, Cresalia N, Juergensen S, Manalo E, Lakshminrusimha S, Chuah CN, Siefkes H. Enhanced Critical Congenital Cardiac Disease Screening by Combining Interpretable Machine Learning Algorithms. Annu Int Conf IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2021 11; 2021:1403-1406. PubMed
  • Hogan WJ, Moon-Grady AJ, Zhao Y, Cresalia NM, Nawaytou H, Quezada E, Brook M, McQuillen P, Peyvandi S. Fetal cerebrovascular response to maternal hyperoxygenation in congenital heart disease: effect of cardiac physiology. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2021 05; 57(5):769-775. PubMed
  • Cresalia NM, Owens ST, Stillwell TL, Norris MD, Yu S, Retzloff L, Ensing GJ. Not just vegetations: focal myocardial changes in patients with fungal infections. Cardiol Young. 2021 Feb; 31(2):199-204. PubMed
  • Cresalia NM, Armstrong AK, Romano JC, Norris MD, Yu S, Rocchini AP, Zampi JD. Long-Term Outcomes After Surgical Pulmonary Arterioplasty and Risk Factors for Reintervention. Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 Feb; 105(2):622-628. PubMed
  • Mills RE, Lam VC, Tan A, Cresalia N, Oksenberg N, Zikherman J, Anderson M, Weiss A, Hermiston ML. Unbiased modifier screen reveals that signal strength determines the regulatory role murine TLR9 plays in autoantibody production. J Immunol. 2015 Apr 15; 194(8):3675-86. PubMed
  • Hermiston ML, Zikherman J, Tan AL, Lam VC, Cresalia NM, Oksenberg N, Goren N, Brassat D, Oksenberg JR, Weiss A. Differential impact of the CD45 juxtamembrane wedge on central and peripheral T cell receptor responses. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Jan 13; 106(2):546-51. PubMed
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