Dr. Seckeler’s clinical interests are in catheter-based interventions for children and adults with congenital heart disease, with a special interest in patients with single ventricle anatomy and the lymphatic complications that occur as a result of their post-operative physiology. He also has undertaken work with 3D modelling and printing for use in trainee and patient education as well as procedural planning and has presented his work at national and international conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals.
As a pediatric resident at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson in 2006, Dr. Seckeler conducted a pilot study funded by a UArizona Sarver Heart Center Investigator Award, under the mentorship of Scott Klewer, MD, professor, UArizona Department of Pediatrics and researcher with the Steele Children’s Research Center. The results of the study provided evidence to the efficacy of employing pulse oximetry as a universal screening test to detect cyanotic congenital heart disease. This study led Banner-University Medical Center, formerly University of Arizona Medical Center, to become the first hospital in Tucson to adopt pulse oximetry screening on all newborns. In 2011, the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association made recommendations for newborn pulse oximetry screening of CCHD.