The American Academy of Pediatrics Pediatric Cardiology Research Fellowship Awardee

October 30, 2023 – The winner of the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) 2023 Pediatric Cardiology Research Fellowship Award, funded by The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF), has been selected.

Michael Kim, DO, Pediatric Cardiology Fellow at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will receive the award, which is made possible by a $35,000 educational grant from The Children’s Heart Foundation, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to funding congenital heart defect (CHD) research. The award provides research support for an individual who has demonstrated aptitude for basic science or clinical science research during their pediatric cardiology fellowship.

Kim’s research, titled, “Virtual Reality Simulation to Improve Parent Discharge Education and Readiness for the Transition to Home after Congenital Heart Surgery (CHS)”, aims to incorporate virtual reality simulation as a part of discharge education for parents and caregivers of congenital heart surgery patients to identify signs of cardiac compromise.

“We developed virtual reality training to help parents recognize medical emergencies and in its initial testing, found parents to highly recommend this for new families after their child receives surgery,” said Kim. “We hope this study proves we can train parents and provide them with the skills and confidence to care for their child after open heart surgery.”

Congenital heart defects (CHDs) are America’s most common birth defect, occurring in 1 out of every 110 births. The Children’s Heart Foundation and the AAP have joined together to promote understanding of cardiovascular disease in children through this award, which represents a tremendous opportunity for junior faculty in pediatric cardiology to gain research experience.


About The Children’s Heart Foundation

The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) is the country’s leading organization solely dedicated to funding congenital heart defect (CHD) research. The mission of CHF is to advance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of CHDs by funding the most promising research. Since 1996, CHF has funded nearly $16.5 million of CHD research and scientific collaborations. For more information, visit and follow us on FacebookInstagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

About the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 67,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @AmerAcadPeds.