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Sarina Behera, MD

  • Sarina Kumari Behera
  • “My promise to parents is to really be there with them every step of the way.”

I've always wanted to be a pediatrician. I love working with children, because you get to follow your patients for a lifetime.

When children are born with a heart defect, its a medical problem completely independent from anything they have done — they have had no role in their disease. For families, this is an extremely challenging time.

I try to be very approachable, easy to talk to, and supportive of families as they face these challenges. I have children of my own, so I understand what its like to be a parent. I am very honest with parents; it's important to be someone that families can trust. The best part of my job is seeing a child who has gotten through a difficult period and is now doing really great, running around like any other kid. My promise to parents is to really be there with them every step of the way, to make sure they never feel alone, and have them know that someone is always watching out for their child.



Work and Education

Professional Education

Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, 06/30/2001


Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 06/01/2002


Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 06/01/2004


UCLA GME Office, Los Angeles, CA, 06/30/2007

Board Certifications

Pediatric Cardiology, American Board of Pediatrics

All Publications

Decompressing vein and bilateral superior venae cavae in a patient with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Echocardiography (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) Stauffer, K. J., Arunamata, A., Vasanawala, S. S., Behera, S. K., Kipps, A. K., Silverman, N. H. 2016; 33 (9): 1428-1431


The levoatrial cardinal vein (LACV), first described in 1926, acts as a decompressing vessel for pulmonary venous return in cases of severe left-sided obstruction with an intact or significantly restrictive atrial septum. The LACV and the persistent left superior vena cava (LSVC) are thought to share similar embryologic origins. To challenge this notion, we present a unique case of a neonate with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, cor triatriatum, and a decompressing LACV in the presence of bilateral superior venae cavae.

View details for DOI 10.1111/echo.13292

View details for PubMedID 27641733

Low awareness of cardiovascular disease risk among low-income African-American women AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HEALTH PROMOTION Behera, S. K., Winkleby, M. A., Collins, R. 2000; 14 (5): 301-305


Focus groups were conducted with low-income African-American women in six different community settings in Northern California to assess their awareness of and concern for cardiovascular disease (CVD). These women had low awareness of the prevalence of CVD, attributed CVD to stress and low socioeconomic status, saw the media as an important source of health-related knowledge, and saw a need for more community awareness on CVD among African-American people.

View details for Web of Science ID 000088212000005

View details for PubMedID 11009856