Kanwal M. Farooqi, MD

Board Certifications: 
Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology
Accepting New Patients
Treats Children
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Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

3D Printing, Transesophageal Echocardiography, Pediatric Echocardiography, Pediatric Cardiology, Non-Invasive Pediatric Cardiology, Fetal Echocardiography, Fetal Cardiology, Echocardiography, Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Advanced Cardiac Imaging

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Dr. Kanwal M. Farooqi is a specialist in the use of advanced imaging techniques to provide the best care for patients with congenital heart disease. She completed pediatric and pediatric cardiology training at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM), Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and was named the Rachel Cooper Foundation fellow during her time at CHAM. Dr. Farooqi went on to complete an advanced imaging fellowship at Kravis Children’s Hospital, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Farooqi’s research focuses on the use of 3D printed and digital cardiac models to improve care for patients with congenital heart disease. She was granted the Glorney Raisbeck Fellowship Award by the New York Academy of Medicine to identify the optimal cardiac MRI sequences in creating 3D models. Prior to joining Columbia, Dr. Farooqi was a full time faculty member at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School for two years and led the pediatric cardiology service for the University Hospital in Newark.

At Columbia, Dr. Farooqi also researches the use of advanced imaging technologies, including 3D printing and virtual reality, for education of patients, families and trainees. Dr. Farooqi recently collaborated with other leaders in the field to publish a book entitled “Rapid Prototyping in Cardiac Disease: 3D Printing the Heart.” She has organized a multicenter study assessing the utility of 3D printed models for preoperative planning of VAD placement in patients with congenital heart disease and heart failure. Dr. Farooqi has authored multiple manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, and has been invited to speak about her research at numerous national and international conferences. An expert in her field of advanced imaging, she was recruited to help build the 3D printing program at CUMC.

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia
  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital


  • Hindi
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  • Female

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • MD, New York Medical College
  • Internship: The Children's Hospital at Montefiore
  • Residency: The Children's Hospital at Montefiore
  • Fellowship: The Children's Hospital at Montefiore
  • Fellowship: Mount Sinai Medical Center

Board Certifications

  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Cardiology

Honors & Awards

2018                Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators Grant

2014-2015       Glorney-Raisbeck Fellowship Award – New York Academy of Medicine

2014                Congenital Heart Disease Coalition Research Grant 

2010-2013       Rachel Cooper Foundation Fellow

2003-2007       New York Medical College Student Scholarship

2003                Jonas E. Salk Scholar

2002                Honors in Biochemistry for Research

2002                Ward Medal / J. Birnbaum Scholarship in Chemistry

2002                Merck Index Award

2001                Stanley and Rita Kaplan Scholarship


My research interests lie in investigating new and innovative technologies, specifically 3D printing, which improve patient care and allow for better comprehension of the pathology we see in congenital heart disease.  I continue to strive to outline methods by which to create and use 3D printed cardiac models to provide personalized care for patients. I have previously demonstrated the use of virtual models for preoperative planning in preoperative planning for patients with complex congenital heart disease. In addition, my work on the image acquisition and post processing steps of creating a 3D model can guide those interested in utilizing this technology to create the most optimal 3D model. My current work focuses on promoting the use of ventricular assist devices in patients with congenital heart disease and heart failure who often have limited therapeutic options by using 3D printed hearts for preoperative planning. I am also researching the use of 3D virtual and physical models in education of patients, families and trainees. 


09/18-08/19                 Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators Grant             Role:PI

01/15- 06/15                Congenital Heart Disease Coalition Research Grant                Role: PI

07/14 – 06/15              Glorney-Raisbeck Fellowship in Cardiovascular Research       

                                    New York Academy of Medicine                                               Role: PI

Selected Publications

Farooqi KM, Mahmood F. Innovations in preoperative planning: Insights into another dimension using 3D printing for cardiac disease. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2017; (17)30919-9.

Bramlet M, Olivieri L, Farooqi K, Ripley B, Coakley M. Impact of Three-Dimensional Printing on the Study and Treatment of Congenital Heart Disease. Circ Res. 2017;120 (6):904-907.

Lee S, Uppu S, Lytrivi ID, Sanz J, Weigand J, Geiger MK, Shenoy RU, Farooqi K, Nguyen KH, Parness IA, Srivastava S. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2016;7(3):308-17.

Farooqi KM, Gonzalez-Lengua C, Weinberg AD, Nielsen JC, Sanz J. Blood pool segmentation results in superior virtual cardiac models than myocardial segmentation for 3D printing. Pediatric Cardiology. 2016;37(6):1028-36.

Farooqi KM, Saeed O, Zaidi A, Sanz J, Nielsen JC, Hsu DT, Jorde U. 3D Printing to Guide Ventricular Assist Device placement in Adults with Congenital Heart Disease and Heart Failure. JACCHF. 2016;4(4):301-11.

Farooqi KM, Gonzalez-Lengua C,Shenoy R, Sanz J, Nguyen K. Use of a three-dimensional printed cardiac model to assess suitability for biventricular repair. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg.2016. 7(3):414-6.

Farooqi KM, Uppu SC, Nguyen K, Srivastava S, Ko HH, Choueiter N, Wollstein A, Parness I, Narula J, Sanz J, Nielsen JC. Application of virtual 3 dimensional models for simultaneous visualization of intra-cardiac anatomic relationships in double outlet right ventricle. Pediatric Cardiology. 2016;37(1):90-8.

Farooqi KM, Sengupta PP. Echocardiography and 3D Printing: Sound Ideas to Touch a Heart. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2015;28(4):398-403.

Farooqi KM, Nielsen JC, Uppu SC, Srivastava S, Parness I, Sanz, J, Nguyen K. Use of 3D printing to demonstrate complex intra-cardiac relationships in double outlet right ventricle for surgical planning. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2015; 8(5):e003043.