David Axelrod, MD

Co-Lead, CVICU Simulation Training Program | Clinical Professor

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Pediatric Cardiology
750 Welch Rd, Ste 325
Palo Alto, CA 94304

“We are the leading center for the care of children with heart disease in the West; I feel very fortunate to be a part of this team.”

My Approach

I have always been interested in the physiology and anatomy of the heart. Combining that with caring for children is a real honor to have as my job. My dad was an adult cardiologist and my mother was a nursery schoolteacher, so my career is kind of a combination of the two.

I have three young children under the age of 6, so I really understand what parents are going through, and appreciate how difficult it must be to have a child who is sick.

As a pediatric cardiologist, I try to do the least amount of intervention as possible and allow the rhythm of healing to occur after surgery. The biggest honor of my career was when a patient who was in our care for a year named her dog Axelrod after me.


Pediatric Cardiology
Pediatric Cardiology

750 Welch Rd, Ste 325

Palo Alto, CA 94304

Maps, Directions & Parking

Phone : (650) 723-7913

Work and Education

Professional Education

Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 06/30/2002


UCSF Pediatric Residency, San Francisco, CA, 06/30/2005


Stanford University Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship, Palo Alto, CA, 06/30/2011

Stanford University Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship, Palo Alto, CA, 06/30/2009


UCSF Pediatric Residency, San Francisco, CA, 06/03/2003

Board Certifications

Pediatric Cardiology, American Board of Pediatrics, 2010

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, American Board of Pediatrics, 2012