Stephanie Nakano, MD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics-Cardiology

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Medical School:
  • MD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (2007)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, University of California–Los Angeles (CA) (2003)
Residency:
  • Children's Hospital-Oakland Program, Pediatrics (2010)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program, Pediatric Cardiology (2014)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Cardiology
Research interests for Patients:
My research interests are focused on identifying why some children with single ventricle heart disease do well with surgical palliation while others are prone to heart failure. Increasing our understanding of heart failure in this population is essential to improving outcomes for the future.

Publications

  • Watanabe K, Karimpour-Fard A, Michael A, Miyamoto SD, Nakano SJ. Elevated serum vascular endothelial growth factor and development of cardiac allograft vasculopathy in children. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2018 Sep;37(9):1075-1082. PubMed PMID: 29954686
  • Garcia AM, Nakano SJ, Karimpour-Fard A, Nunley K, Blain-Nelson P, Stafford NM, Stauffer BL, Sucharov CC, Miyamoto SD. Phosphodiesterase-5 Is Elevated in Failing Single Ventricle Myocardium and Affects Cardiomyocyte Remodeling In Vitro. Circ Heart Fail. 2018 Sep;11(9):e004571. PubMed PMID: 30354365
  • Nakano SJ, Siomos AK, Garcia AM, Nguyen H, SooHoo M, Galambos C, Nunley K, Stauffer BL, Sucharov CC, Miyamoto SD. Fibrosis-Related Gene Expression in Single Ventricle Heart Disease. J Pediatr. 2017 Dec;191:82-90.e2. PubMed PMID: 29050751
  • Nakano SJ, Sucharov J, van Dusen R, Cecil M, Nunley K, Wickers S, Karimpur-Fard A, Stauffer BL, Miyamoto SD, Sucharov CC. Cardiac Adenylyl Cyclase and Phosphodiesterase Expression Profiles Vary by Age, Disease, and Chronic Phosphodiesterase Inhibitor Treatment. J Card Fail. 2016 Jul 15. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27427220
  • Nakano SJ, Sucharov J, van Dusen R, Cecil M, Nunley K, Wickers S, Karimpur-Fard A, Stauffer BL, Miyamoto SD, Sucharov CC. Cardiac Adenylyl Cyclase and Phosphodiesterase Expression Profiles Vary by Age, Disease, and Chronic Phosphodiesterase Inhibitor Treatment. J Card Fail. 2016 Jul 15. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27427220
  • Nakano SJ, Nelson P, Sucharov CC, Miyamoto SD. Myocardial Response to Milrinone in Single Right Ventricle Heart Disease. J Pediatr. 2016 Jul;174:199-203.e5. PubMed PMID: 27181939
  • Nakano SJ, Miyamoto SD, Movsesian M, Nelson P, Stauffer BL, Sucharov CC. Age-Related Differences in Phosphodiesterase Activity and Effects of Chronic Phosphodiesterase Inhibition in Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy. Circ Heart Fail. 2014 Oct 2. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25278000
  • Miyamoto SD, Stauffer BL, Nakano S, Sobus R, Nunley K, Nelson P, Sucharov CC. Beta-adrenergic adaptation in paediatric idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy. Eur Heart J. 2012 Jul 26. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 22843448
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Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow
  • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, Member
  • American Heart Association, Member
  • International Society for Heart Research, Member

Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-777-1234

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Pediatrics, Board Certification (2010)
  • Pediatric Cardiology, Board Certification (2014)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Heart and Circulation - Cardiomyopathy
  • Heart and Circulation
  • Heart and Circulation - Congenital Heart Disease
  • Heart and Circulation - Heart Failure
Clinical Interest for Patients
My clinical focus is on the care of children and young adults with decreased heart function (including those with cardiomyopathy, myocarditis, single ventricle congenital heart disease, and following heart transplantation) as well as those with general pediatric cardiology conditions.

Care Philosophy
Pediatric heart diseases are not simply adult heart problems in children. My goals are to help families navigate through this unique world of pediatric heart disease, and expand our understanding of these conditions in order to have effective pediatric-focused treatments for the future.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (2007)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, University of California–Los Angeles (CA) (2003)
Residency Programs:
  • Children's Hospital-Oakland Program, Pediatrics (2010)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program, Pediatric Cardiology (2014)
Languages: English
Department: Pediatrics-Cardiology
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