Stafford Grady, MD


Pediatric Cardiology

Work and Education

Professional Education

UCLA School Of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, 1976


Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA, 1977


Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA, 1979


Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA, 1982

Board Certifications

Pediatric Cardiology, American Board of Pediatrics
Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics

About Me

Where did you complete most of your training?

UCLA – Medical School
Boston Children’s – Pediatrics/Pediatric Cardiology

What is your special area of interest?

Special ways patients adapt to CHD as they grow into adulthood.

What is the best thing about working in CHD?

People you get to work with; CHD community, families, support groups, etc.

What is one thing that you think all patients with CHD should know?

Your diagnosis, what we do about it and why.

If you weren’t an advanced practice provider, what would you be?

A stand-up comedian.

Do you have any interesting hobbies or talents or pets?

Pets: Horses, cats and dogs
Talents: Cooking for family, friends and the hot lunch line.
Hobby: Travel–Visiting the farm in Ireland.

My Approach

I had always thought I would be an adult cardiologist until my rotation in pediatrics during medical school. I was so inspired by three children I cared for — they convinced me that pediatrics was the place for me. I ended up combining pediatrics with the field of cardiology, and feel so lucky to have children as my patients.

When parents come to me with a sick child, they are often paralyzed by fear and uncertainty. Through my medical experience I am able to help them understand what's happening, and also give them hope about the future. It's a rare privilege to be able to share these life-changing moments with families, especially when a child is going through surgery. It binds me to them so deeply; I end up making friends for life. Every follow-up visit is like seeing my friends, people I care about, and hearing about their successes.

This children's hospital is a special place to work; everyone here has devoted their lives to caring for children. It's the very best place to be.