Expert Pediatric Cardiology Care—Close To Home

For parents in Contra Costa County and surrounding communities, having a child with a complex medical condition used to mean spending lots of time traveling all over the Bay Area for visits with children’s specialists. 

Through our collaboration with Stanford Children’s Health, we diagnose and treat all types of pediatric congenital and acquired heart diseases, as well as arrhythmias—right here, close to home.  

In addition to your pediatric cardiologist, your child’s care team may also include nurses and other healthcare providers—all who have advanced training in specifically treating children and teens.    

Meet Your Doctors

Janaki Gokhale, MD

Pediatric Cardiology

I feel blessed to work with children every day. I could be having a horrible day, and one of my patients will turn my day around by saying something funny. I continue to be amazed at the resilience and healing power of the children I work with. It is their optimism that gets me up in the morning and inspires me to do my best work.

I work with families as a team. As a mother of two daughters, I know that parents of a sick child appreciate honesty and compassion from their physicians. My promise to families is that I will work as hard as I can with you to provide the very best care for your child. I always treat every child as if he or she were my own. 

Amy DiPietro, MD

Pediatric Cardiology

One of the things I love about being a pediatric cardiologist is that I get to follow my patients as they grow and become adults. I get to know the whole family in the process of caring for the child, and I become part of their support network. You only have one heart that's it.

When there's something wrong with a child's heart, it can be very traumatic for the family. I make sure that families are equipped with knowledge they need to treat their child's condition, and I help alleviate their fears. I try to explain things clearly to the family so that everyone understands what is happening and can be part of the child's care team.

Stafford Grady, MD

Pediatric Cardiology

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 is 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.

What Our Partnership With Stanford Children’s Health Means For Your Family

Your pediatrician referred you to us, and we want you to know that you’re in good hands. Our collaboration marries the best of two worlds for our patients and their families by bringing Stanford Children's Health expertise and innovation into a community-based setting that keeps families close to home. Together, our partnership provides:

  • Expert Care from Stanford Children’s Health Doctors: From office visits to hospital procedures and stays at our Walnut Creek Medical Center, you can rest easy knowing that your child will be cared for by some of the nation’s top pediatric specialists—without having to travel to outside of the East Bay.
  • Comprehensive Care, Conveniently Close: Any hospital-based services your child may need—ranging from simple blood work and imaging to infusion therapies—can all be conveniently done at our Walnut Creek Medical Center by staff who are highly trained in treating children of all ages, using specialized equipment designed just for children. 
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU): If your child requires complex care, you’ll have the added peace of mind that our PICU—staffed 24/7 by Stanford Children’s Health doctors and John Muir Health nurses and other care providers—is right here at our Walnut Creek Medical Center. Learn more about our PICU.

Learn more about Stanford Children’s Health and our partnership.