As a pediatric cardiologist with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Cabalka performs some of the most delicate procedures in medicine—repairing heart defects in newborns and young children. Cabalka’s interventions include surgically placing devices to close holes in the heart and balloons to open stenotic heart valves, as well as the use of echocardiograms to diagnose congenital heart defects. She is also active in international medical aid, making regular trips to treat children in Mongolia, Nepal and the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq. In 2006 the Minnesota Chapter of the American College of Cardiology recognized her for outstanding contributions to international pediatric cardiology and outreach to underserved populations.
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