PICS 'Tips and Tricks'


Need a quick and handy review of a novel technique or rare intervention? Want to know how leaders in pediatric and congenital cardiac interventions would approach a specific type of case?
The new PICS "Tips & Tricks" section provides congenital interventional cardiologists with nuanced, "real world" techniques from experienced leaders in our field. 

These vignettes highlight their approaches to performing specific procedures, dealing with unique (or common) medical conditions, and meeting challenges.  Our contributors pay special attention to the practical aspects of performing procedures, managing difficult situations, and the potential pitfalls we all encounter.

Of course every patient is different, thus these vignettes do not constitute official guidelines or policies of the PICS Society.  Rather, our goal is to provide a global forum to exchange lessons learned, what has worked and "expecting the unexpected" amongst our far-flung but tight-knit community.

Each topic is written by a key opinion leader with specific expertise in the procedures, devices, techniques and types of patient involved.  We work hard to make these vignettes accessible and succinct with illustrative case examples and references to make this an educational platform useful to you the practicing interventionalist. We are confident PICS members will find this series to be helpful no matter their experience levels.

We would love to hear about YOUR tips & tricks !   Have one you would like to contribute?  Contact us personally or via

Thank you to all of our contributors and readers !

Gurumurthy "Guru" Hiremath, MD, FPICS, FACC, FSCAI

Editor, PICS Tips and Tricks

Shawn Batlivala, MD, MSCI, FPICS

Editor, PICS Tips and Tricks

Kamel Shibbani, MD

Associate Editor
PICS Tips and Tricks

Jacqueline Kreutzer, MD, FPICS

Consulting Editor
PICS Tips and Tricks & PICS Board Member


Gurumurthy Hiremath, MD, FPICS, FACC, FSCAI

Dr. Gurumurthy Hiremath, MD, FPICS is Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital where he is director of the congenital cardiac catheterization laboratories and cardiopulmonary exercise testing. Dr. Hiremath completed General Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology fellowships at the University of California, San Francisco. His research interests focus on working with industry to develop new intracardiac devices and improve understanding of the physiological effects of transcatheter interventions. He leads a national effort and a working group on the use of PV loops in congenital heart disease. He is actively involved in professional societies including PICS.


Shawn Batlivala, MD MSCI is a pediatric and congenital interventional cardiologist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Batlivala completed General Cardiology fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital in 2012 and Interventional Cardiology fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in 2013. He then joined the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2013 where he was Fellowship Program Director and appointed Interim Chief of Pediatric Cardiology in August 2017. He joined Cincinnati Children's Hospital in March 2018. Dr. Batlivala is a member of research/quality organizations including the Congenital Cardiac Research Collaborative (CCRC) and Congenital Cardiac Catheterization Project on Outcomes (C3PO) with research interests in novel therapies and outcomes for congenital cardiac catheterization. In addition to his work with PICS, Dr. Batlivala is involved in other professional societies, holding leadership roles with the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Kamel Shibbani, MD

Kamel Shibbani, MD is a general pediatric cardiology fellow pursuing a career in interventional cardiology. Dr. Shibbani is completing his cardiology fellowship at the University of Iowa. His research background includes a basic science postdoc at Johns Hopkins that focused on iPSC and early cardiac progenitor cells. He also has a strong interest in translational research and ACHD cath. He is active in the PICS society.