Geetha Raghuveer, M.D., M.P.H.

Department(s) of Pediatrics
Section: Cardiology
Children's Mercy Hospital
Education and Background

M.B.B.S. - Mysore University, India
Residency - Pediatrics - Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Fellowship - Pediatric Cardiology - University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Meet Geetha Raghuveer
How did you start working with students and what do you enjoy most about that work?

That was interesting; one day in 2006 I was in my office at Children’s Mercy and two UMKC medical students came wandering in. I had no idea who they were or how they found me. They said, Dr. Raghuveer, we want to do research with you. They were very enthusiastic, even forgoing their summer vacation for the research opportunity. It turned out they were both very successful, presented their work at the American Heart Association and published papers prior to graduating! I love to see the way the students develop and in turn, the way the project develops with them.

What do you find most rewarding in your work?

I think if you ask any doctor what they love the most in their work, in their heart-of-hearts they like taking care of people. That’s what drives doctors day-in-and-day-out, I love interacting with my patients. I also enjoy broadening my work beyond just practicing clinical medicine day-in-and-day-out: whether it’s mentoring students, performing research, or other advocacy through professional organizations. I enjoy the whole package but the thing that drives all of it is clinical care of my patients. They are the boss, they teach me what I know and to seek answers for what I don’t know.

What do you enjoy doing away from work?

My husband and I like traveling and wish we could do more of it. We enjoy art and love the museums in Kansas City, which are world class. When we travel we make a point to seek out the museums of whatever city we’re visiting. We’ve been to Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, Florence, Rome, U.K. and several in the US and Canada. We often hire an English speaking guide to take us on walking tours of the city. We found that’s the best use of our time while traveling. We’re actually going to Antarctica in February 2019 with the National Geographic Society so we’ll have some pretty good guides for that trip.

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Outpatient cardiology, Preventive cardiology, Pediatric cardiology

Research Focus

Examining the effects of “risk factors” on cardiovasculature in children.

Examining long-term outcomes in children with heart disease.