Mark S. Sklansky, MD

Dr. Mark Sklansky is the Chief of Pediatric Cardiology and Professor of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.  He founded and serves asMedical Director of the UCLA Children’s Heart Center, and serves as Co-Director of the UCLA Fetal Cardiology Program.

Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA, Dr. Sklansky spent one year in private practice in Sacramento (1993-1994), served as a junior faculty member for 8 years at the University of California, San Diego (1994-2002),and thenserved 8 years on faculty at the University of Southern California, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (2002-2010).

Dr. Sklansky’s primary clinical and academic interests are in the field of prenatal detection and diagnosis of congenital heart disease. He has developed an international reputation for his pioneering work in the field of 3D fetal echocardiography, and for his scholarly work advancing the field of fetal cardiac screening. Working towards improving the prenatal detection of congenital heart disease, Dr. Sklansky 1) directs a highly successful annual fetal echocardiography symposium at UCLA (sixth annual scheduled for October, 2016), 2)teaches the technique of fetal cardiac screening to sonographers and maternal-fetal-medicine subspecialists in their own private offices, during observational visits to the fetal cardiology program at UCLA, and as an invited speaker at scholarly meetings around the world, and 3) serves as a resource for maternal-fetal medicine subspecialists and their sonographers throughout Southern California and beyond. Dr. Sklansky recently completed a two year term as Chair of the Section on Fetal Echocardiography of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, and serves as the sole author of the chapter on fetal cardiac malformations and arrhythmias in the most recent editions of Creasy &Resnik’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine: Principles and Practice. Dr. Sklansky co-authored the scientific statement on fetal cardiology published in 2014 by the American Heart Association in Circulation, and he has recently published an editorial on fetal cardiac screening: what are we (and our guidelines) doing wrong in the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.

Dr. Sklansky’s other academic interests include veterinary cardiology– he has published the first echocardiographic descriptions of the fetal and adult bottlenose dolphin, as well as a description of the echocardiographic findings in the Burmese python. In 2014, he published a widely publicized editorial in JAMA reconsidering the place of the handshake in the healthcare setting.

On a personal note, Dr. Sklansky enjoys spending time with his family, hiking/tennis/surfing, playing piano, and travel.