Andrea Beaton, MD
Dr. Beaton is a pediatric cardiologist with expertise in rheumatic heart disease (RHD). She has led diverse teams in multiple successful international collaborations and clinical trials. In her most ambitious project, she personally screened almost 5,000 students with echocardiography and discovered a 1.4% prevalence of latent RHD among asymptomatic Ugandan primary schoolchildren. Her work was recognized by the American Heart Association as one of the 2012 top ten research advances in cardiovascular disease and stroke, featured in Nature Reviews Cardiology, and published in Circulation. This project also catalyzed her successful application to the KL2 scholar’s program, enabling her to dedicate 75% of her time to further RHD research. With this time and funding, she completed multidisciplinary approach to improve early RHD detection, studying the natural history of latent RHD, the improvement of echocardiographic screening for RHD, and novel antibody profiles to improve early RHD detection. Most recently she was awarded the Early Career Mentored Clinical Research Award from the American Heart Association to pursue an investigation into the impact of RHD on maternal and fetal outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa. Her work has been recognized nationally and internationally, and she has presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, the Pan-African Cardiology Congress, the World Cardiology Congress, and the World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery. She has published multiple articles on RHD and been named to the Rheumatic Fever, Endocarditis, and Kawasaki Disease Committee (RFEKD) of the American Heart Association, where she recently had the privilege of helping to craft the revision of the Jones Criteria - the guiding document for diagnosis of acute rheumatic fever.