Chioma Duru, M.D., is board-certified in pediatrics and works with children and families at PCAH. Dr. Duru is particularly interested in treating children and young adults experiencing single ventricle defects, acquired heart disease and those with complex congenital heart disease. She also performs cardiac screening for sports participation and has expertise in transthoracic echocardiography (the most common echocardiogram used to take heart images using ultrasound). Dr. Duru’s goal is to work collaboratively with those she cares for to ensure all their questions are answered and that every concern is addressed. Enhancing patient experience and improving patient outcomes are extremely important to her.
She earned her medical degree from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine and completed her residency in pediatrics at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.
Dr. Duru went on to complete two fellowships – a pediatric cardiology fellowship at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and a pediatric cardiac intensive care fellowship at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.
She says her passion for her specialty comes from the patient population she is privileged to take care of daily. “Patients with congenital heart disease are so unique and inspiring. They are fighters; I routinely refer to my patients as “heart warriors” because of their strength and resilience. Their experiences, fearlessness and positivity in the face of adversity constantly humble me.”
Dr. Duru is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Cardiology. She also serves in several leadership roles, including as a faculty leader in the Optimization of Resident Education and as a faculty member for the Resident Liaison in Pediatric Cardiology. Dr. Duru serves on several committees, including the Steering Committee for Patient Experience and the HeartWatch Protocol development team.
She is the recipient of many awards and honors, including being selected as one of the Honorees for Women in Medicine Month by Children’s Health, recipient of a Fellowship Research Award Program Grant and a Gold Humanism Award.
Dr. Duru is a researcher who worked to uncover the Evaluation of Bleeding Events with Standard vs. High-dose Aspirin for Thrombosis Prophylaxis in Shunt Dependent Pulmonary Blood Flow Physiology.During her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, spending quality time with friends and family and engaging in low-impact sports.