Allison K. Cabalka MD, FAAC, FSCAI
Consultant, Pediatric Cardiology
Professor of Pediatrics
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Rochester, MN, USA
Dr. Cabalka received her BS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1982 and her MD (Alpha Omega Alpha) from the University of Minnesota in 1986. She then completed her pediatric residency at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI, and pediatric cardiology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, TX. She was a member of the Children's Heart Clinic practice at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis from 1992 until 1999, when she joined the Mayo Clinic department of Pediatric Cardiology. Her primary areas of interest are congenital interventional cardiac catheterization, structural heart disease and intervention, and congenital echocardiography. She is a member of the Steering Committee for the IMPACT registry (NCDR). She is the primary investigator at Mayo Clinic for the US Melody Post-Approval Study, the Harmony Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve Pivotal Trial, and served as the national investigator for the Melody Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve in Patients with a Dysfunctional Bioprosthetic Valve in the Pulmonary Position. She has authored over 90 publications and has lectured extensively, both nationally, and internationally. With interest in structural heart disease, she has published extensively in the areas of paravalvular leak closure and valve-in-valve therapy.
Dr. Cabalka is very interested and engaged in international humanitarian work, with experience in China, Nepal, Kenya, Northern Iraq/Kurdistan, and Bolivia. Dr Cabalka received the Champions of Minnesota Cardiology Award (American College of Cardiology MN) given for Contributions in International Pediatric Cardiology Outreach to the Underserved in 2006. She participates in cardiac catheterization and screening missions overseas and promotes education of local programs to advance the care of patients with congenital and acquired heart disease.