Samuel Gidding, M.D.

Samuel Gidding, M.D.

Dr. Gidding, a leader in the Pediatric Cardiology field, spoke with us about his specialty and why it’s important for parents to have children’s cholesterol checked.  

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (retired)

Interviewed December 23, 2015


Dr. Gidding, what are your specialties?
Cardiology, Preventive Cardiology, Cardiomyopathy

Why did you choose to be a specialist in Pediatric Cardiology?
When treating kids, if you win, you get 60 – 70 years of an impact from the treatment as compared to adults. It is very rewarding.

Why is it important for parents to get their child’s cholesterol checked?
Those who have very high cholesterol benefit from early treatment; those who have borderline cholesterol levels can improve them with lifestyle changes.

As a reviewer of The Adventures in Cholesterol, who is your favorite character on The Cholesterol Team?
Lippy – because he needs the most attention paid to him.

Lippy is really good at delivering cholesterol. What are you really good at?
I‘m good at prevention. When you treat cholesterol, you see dramatic benefits that affect life expectancy.

Clinical Bio

Dr. Samuel S. Gidding, Division Chief of Cardiology, is an internationally-known clinician, researcher, educator and advocate for heart health and preventative cardiology. He’s authored 11 books and book chapters, as well as 169 journal articles on congenital heart disease, blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, heart transplantation and smoking.

Education & Training

MD – University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

Patient Testimonial

“We have found Dr. Gidding to be professional and he explains things to us in a non-technical way. He always takes the time to answer our questions and we have tremendous confidence in him due to the care our daughter received before, during and after her open-heart surgery.”

Awards & Recognition

  • 2015 – South Jersey Magazine’s Top Children’s Doctors
  • 2014 – Best Doctors in America
  • 2014 – Delaware Today magazine, Top Doctors


  • 2011-2013 – Elected Vice Chair, American Heart Association, Epidemiology and Prevention (EPI) and Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism (NPAM) Program Committee