Bahram Kakavand, MD

Cardiology

Primary Office

Nemours Children's Hospital, Florida Nemours Children's Hospital, Florida 6535 Nemours Parkway Orlando, FL 32827 Appointment: (407) 650-7715

Other Offices

Get to Know Me

I was born in Iran, moved to Germany at age 18 for college, and have lived in the United States since 1992. I’ve always been close to my parents, brothers and sister. Our relationship gave me a sense of respect for the concept of family that is reflected in the way I treat patients and families today.

Why I Treat Children

My interest in cardiology began when I was just eight or nine years old reading a schoolbook about heart function; I decided then and there on my career. I chose to work with children because of their great need and limited ability to express themselves. It’s rewarding to connect and understand what they’re trying to say.

What I'm Passionate About

Because children are very delicate, I insist on precision with every service I provide. I’m also passionate about getting the diagnosis right. Sometimes parents bring their child to me after multiple doctors have given up trying to diagnose them. I like the challenge and the opportunity to provide treatment that will help.

How I Try to Make A Difference

Many of my patients — for example, kids with congenital heart conditions — must be treated over a period of months or even years. I try to really manage their condition and help their family be part of the care team. I’m also interested in providing medicine that has been lacking in Florida. Dysautonomia, a nervous system disorder, is one of them.

Education & Training

Fellowship

  • Ped Card Electrophysiology - Medical Univ of South Carolina College of Medicine, 2002
  • Pediatric Cardiology - Virginia Commonwealth University, 1998

Internship

  • Pediatrics - Emory University School of Medicine, 1993

Residency

  • Pediatrics - University of Maryland Medical Center, 1995
  • Internal Medicine - University of Munich, 1990

Medical/Dental School

  • MD - Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen, 1988

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics/Pediatric Cardiology

Awards & Recognition

  • 1998 Gad Kainer Research Award (for best research project at Medical College of Virginia)
  • 1996 American College of Cardiology travel award

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Better Health FL Medicaid and Healthy Kids
  • Aetna HMO/POS/PPO/EPO
  • AmeriHealth Caritas Florida (FKA Prestige Health Choice)
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield HMO
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield Non HMO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Florida Blue Select
  • Cigna & Great West HMO/POS Open Access
  • Cigna & Great West PPO/EPO
  • Community Care Plan Medicaid
  • Employers Health Network PPO
  • Evolutions Healthcare
  • First Health Aetna PPO/EPO
  • Florida Medicaid
  • Florida Medicare
  • Health First Health Plans
  • HEALTHSMART HLTH PLANS PPO ORL
  • HEALTHSMART HLTH PLANS PPO PNS
  • HUMANA HEALTHY HORIZONS (FKA HUMANA MEDICAID)
  • Humana HMO/POS
  • Humana PPO/EPO
  • Molina Healthcare Medicaid
  • Multiplan PPO
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare PPO ORL
  • Prime Health Services PPO Specialty Florida
  • Seminole Tribe of Florida
  • Simply Healthcare Healthy Kids
  • Simply Healthcare Medicaid HMO
  • Star Healthcare Network
  • Sunshine SMI/CMS 19 & 21
  • Sunshine State Health Plan Medicaid
  • Three Rivers Provider Network
  • Tricare/Humana Military Health Services
  • United Healthcare Commercial Products
  • United Healthcare Community Plan Medicaid
  • Volusia Health Network PPO/EPO

  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Atrial Septal Defects
  • Atrioventricular Canal Defect
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Coarctation of the Aorta
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Heart Failure
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
  • Interrupted Aortic Arch
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosis
  • Pulmonary Artery Sling
  • Pulmonary Atresia
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Stenosis
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return
  • Transposition of the Great Arteries
  • Tricuspid Atresia
  • Truncus Arteriosus
  • Ventricular Septal Defects

Research Activities

  • Dysautonomia
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (or WPW syndrome, disorders of the conduction system of the heart)

Medical Interests

  • Cardiac electrophysiology (diagnosing and managing heart rhythm disorders)
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Dysautonomia, including POTS and syncope (disorders of the autonomic nervous system that impact body functions)

  • Arevalo, A., Madueme, P. C., Naik, R., Ingebretsen, K., Kakavand, B., & Robinson, B. (2020). Pediatric stress echocardiography: A review. Progress in Pediatric Cardiology, 58. doi:10.1016/j.ppedcard.2020.101276

  • Taebi, A., Sandler, R. H., Kakavand, B., & Mansy, H. A. (2019b). Extraction of peak velocity profiles from doppler echocardiography using image processing. Bioengineering, 6(3). doi:10.3390/bioengineering6030064

  • Taebi, A., Sandler, R. H., Kakavand, B., & Mansy, H. A. (2019a). Estimating Peak Velocity Profiles from Doppler Echocardiography using Digital Image Processing. doi:10.1109/SPMB.2018.8615618

  • Chowdhury, D., Gurvitz, M., Marelli, A., Anderson, J., Baker-Smith, C., Diab, K. A., & Tsuda, T. (2017). Development of Quality Metrics in Ambulatory Pediatric Cardiology. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 69(5), 541-555. doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2016.11.043

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  • Taebi, A., Sandler, R. H., Kakavand, B., & Mansy, H. A. (2017). Seismocardiographic signal timing with myocardial strain (Vol 2018-January). doi:10.1109/SPMB.2017.8257032

  • Lu, J. C., Bansal, M., Behera, S. K., Boris, J. R., Cardis, B., Hokanson, J. S., & Jedeikin, R. (2017). Development of quality metrics for ambulatory pediatric cardiology: Chest pain. Congenital Heart Disease, 12(6), 751-755. doi:10.1111/chd.12509

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