Even as a child in India from a business family, Divya Suthar, MD, knew she wanted to be a physician. She was drawn to the sciences and pediatric cardiology in particular.
“As a kid, I often saw fundraising efforts by families to pay for impactful, necessary heart surgeries, and I thought I should be doing something to help these children,” Dr. Suthar said. “Sometimes when you enter medical school, you change your mind and find yourself liking a different specialty. Somehow for me, the love for pediatric cardiology just continued to grow, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.”
Dr. Suthar focused on fetal cardiology because she was drawn to the challenge of diagnosing complex heart conditions before a baby’s birth. She enjoys combining the technical expertise required to understand CHDs with the rewarding aspects of reassuring a worried mom and helping children with CHDs grow and thrive.
I love working with kids and being with families throughout their journey,” Dr. Suthar said. “These kids are so resilient. They tell you wonderful stories and wear their scars as badges of honor. They speak bravely about things that would normally scare most adults and just go on with life as if it’s no big deal. The experience of supporting families through their difficulties makes my job enjoyable every single day.”
When she interviewed with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Cardiology in 2016, she knew the people and culture were in alignment with what she wanted in her career. She says Children’s Cardiology is unique in that its primary focus is the patient’s wellbeing.
“Everyone who works here is very patient-focused, and we all work hard to be sure our patients are as comfortable as possible,” Dr. Suthar said. “There are personal relationships formed between the staff and the patients and their families, and everyone works together as a team with the common goal of providing the best care to the kids.”
Dr. Suthar enjoys hiking, running, sketching and painting as ways to relieve stress. But she says she most often draws strength from her young patients, like a new patient she saw recently for evaluation who was into superheroes and superpowers. He told her that everyone has a superpower. When she asked what hers was, he replied, “Your superpower is real, and you can make rainbows.”
Divya Suthar, M.B.B.S, MD, MHA, FAAP
- Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
- MD: Sri Siddhartha Medical College, India
- Residency: East Tennessee State University
- Fellowship: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Areas of Focus:
- General Cardiology
- Fetal Cardiology
Dr. Suthar sees patients in our Marietta and Newnan outpatient clinics. She is a part of the fetal cardiology team and provides inpatient consultative services at hospitals throughout metro Atlanta as part of our City Call program.
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