Dr. Emilio Quezada is a pediatric cardiologist who provides care for all forms of congenital heart malformations and rhythm abnormalities. His patients range in age from newborn through 21 years. He specializes in prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease with fetal echocardiography, using ultrasound to image the fetal heart.
Quezada's main focus is outpatient evaluation and treatment of congenital heart disease for pediatric patients in the Salinas and Monterey area. Additionally, he diagnoses prenatal heart conditions for expectant couples with suspected or known heart disease.
As part of the echocardiography team at the UCSF Fetal Treatment Center, Quezada counsels parents when congenital heart disease is detected during pregnancy. His goal is empowering families to navigate the challenges of a new diagnosis by providing compassionate, respectful care and essential information.
Quezada's research examines the aorta in women with Turner syndrome, a rare genetic condition that causes multiple medical issues, often including heart defects. For the Healthy Heart Project of the Turner Syndrome Society of the United States, he helps perform and analyze hundreds of echocardiograms every two years. He also conducts research in fetal and pediatric echocardiography, and collaborates on international studies in his areas of expertise.
After earning his medical degree from Francisco Marroquín University in Guatemala, Quezada completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, followed by a residency in pediatric cardiology at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). He also completed a year of advanced training in fetal cardiology and noninvasive cardiac imaging at OHSU and UCSF. He joined the UCSF faculty in 2016.
Quezada is a member of the Fetal Heart Society and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
In his free time, Quezada enjoys running and hiking with his wife and daughters.