Ginnie Abarbanell, MD

UT Health San Antonio
Schedule an appointment: 210-450-7334
Pediatric Cardiology
Board Affiliation/Certification
American Board of Pediatric Cardiology
American Board of Pediatrics
University of Washington School of Medicine, 2000
Loma Linda University School of Medicine, 2003
University of Michigan Medical School, 2006

UT Health Pediatric Cardiology

8435 Wurzbach Road
Suite 311
San Antonio,TX 78229
Insurance Accepted
6 Degrees - Transplant
90 Degree Benefits - Commercial
Aetna - Commercial Exchange
Aetna - PPO/EPO/HMO/MC Advantage
Aetna - Smart Care EPO
Aetna - Transplant
Aetna Better Health - Medicaid-CHIP
Aetna Better Health - Medicaid-STAR
Ancira Enterprises - Direct Employer
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Exchange (BlueAdvantage)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - HMO/PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - HPN/EPO (Narrow Network)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Medicaid-STAR
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Medicare Advantage HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Medicare Advantage PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Narrow HMO (Blue Essentials)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Narrow HMO (Blue Premier)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Traditional
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas - Transplant Programs
Care Improvement Plus - Medicare Advantage-SNP
Cenpatico - Medicaid-CHIP
Cenpatico - Medicaid-STAR
Cenpatico - Medicaid-STAR Health (Foster Care)
Cenpatico - Medicare Advantage
Cigna (USSA Client Only) - Direct Employer
Community First Health Plans - HMO/Exchange (EPO)
Community First Health Plans - Medicaid-CHIP
Community First Health Plans - Medicaid-CHIP Perinate
Community First Health Plans - Medicaid-STAR
Community First Health Plans - Medicaid-STAR Kids
Community First Health Plans - Medicare Advantage HMO
Coventry - HMO/PPO
Coventry - Work Comp / Auto
Driscoll Health Plan - Medicaid-All
El Paso First - Medicaid-CHIP
El Paso First - Medicaid-STAR
Entrust - TPA
First Health - Commercial PPO
FirstCare (Part of Scott & White Health Plans) - Medicaid-STAR
Gonzaba Medical Group - Transplant ONLY
Healthsmart - Accel
Healthsmart - Commercial PPO
Healthsmart - HPO/POS
Humana - Commercial Behavioral Health
Humana - Exchange (HMOx)
Humana - HMO/PPO/Behavioral Health
Humana - Medicare Advantage Behavioral Health
Humana - Medicare Advantage HMO (Gold)
Humana - Medicare Advantage PPO
Humana - National Transplant ONLY Network
Humana Military - TRICARE
Imperial Health Plan - Medicare Advantage
Independent Medical Systems (IMS) - PPO
Interlink - Transplant
LifeTrac - Transplant
Magellan - Commercial and Medicaid Behavioral Health
Molina - Commercial Exchange
Molina - Medicaid-CHIP
Molina - Medicaid-CHIP Perinate
Molina - Medicaid-STAR
Molina - Medicare Advantage
Molina - Medicare-Medicaid Duals
MultiPlan - Work Comp
MultiPlan - Wrap Network
OptumHealth - Transplant ONLY
Oscar - Commercial Exchange
Point Comfort Underwriters (PCU) - Refugee Medical Assistance
Point Comfort Underwriters (PCU) - Unaccompanied Children
Prime Health Services - Commercial PPO
Prime Health Services - Medicare Advantage
Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS) - Commercial PPO
ProCare Advantage - Medicare Advantage I-SNP
Provider Network of America (PNOA) - Commercial
Provider Partners Health Plan (PPHP) - Medicare Advantage I-SNP
Scott & White Health Plan - HMO/PPO/Medicare Advantage
Superior HealthPlan - Medicaid-CHIP
Superior HealthPlan - Medicaid-CHIP Perinate
Superior HealthPlan - Medicaid-STAR
Superior HealthPlan - Medicaid-STAR Health (Foster Care)
Superior HealthPlan - Medicaid-STAR Kids
Superior HealthPlan - Medicaid-STAR PLUS
Superior HealthPlan - Medicare Advantage (Allwell)
Superior HealthPlan - Medicare-Medicaid Duals (Allwell)
Texas Independence Health Plan - Medicare Advantage I-SNP
Three Rivers Provider Network - PPO
Tokio Marine - Transplant
TriWest (via BCBSTX) - VA CCN Program
UnitedHealthcare - Medicaid-STAR
UnitedHealthcare - Medicaid-STAR Kids
UnitedHealthcare - Medicaid-STAR PLUS
UnitedHealthcare - Medicare Advantage
UnitedHealthcare - PPO
Universal Benefits Consortium - Brokerage Firm (School Districts)
University of Incarnate Word (Gilsbar) - Direct Employer
Velocity National Provider Network - Commercial PPO
Velocity National Provider Network - Wrap Network
WellCare - Medicare Advantage
WellMed - Medicare Advantage
WellPoint (Gonzaba) - Medicare Advantage (TRANSPLANTS ONLY)
WellPoint - Medicaid-CHIP
WellPoint - Medicaid-CHIP Perinate
WellPoint - Medicaid-STAR
WellPoint - Medicaid-STAR Kids
WellPoint - Medicaid-STAR PLUS
WellPoint - Medicare Advantage
WellPoint - Medicare-Medicaid Duals
Please contact your health insurance company to confirm provider participation. For billing and insurance questions, please call our Billing Department at 210-358-3260.
I am the chief of pediatric cardiology at UT Health San Antonio and University Health. I grew up in rural Montana. I earned my medical degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, and completed my residency in pediatrics at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CA. I also completed a pediatric cardiology fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. Prior to joining the Congenital Heart Center team at University Health in San Antonio, I practiced pediatric cardiology in Indianapolis, IN, Atlanta, GA and St. Louis, MO.
I have been involved in public health research with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as clinical research in the areas of echocardiography and cardio-neurodevelopment. I currently hold the office of Treasurer with the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcomes Collaborative (CNOC).
My clinical interests include quality improvement, cardio-neurodevelopment and fetal cardiology.
On a more personal note, my husband Dr. Aaron Abarbanell and I are a team. Dr. Aaron Abarbanell is the chief of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery. My goal as the division chief for pediatric cardiology is to create a dynamic team that relentlessly strives for clinical excellence for our patients and their families with a mindset to embrace challenges and grow the practice.
Philosophy of Care Statement
“Excellence at the heart of it” is to deliver exceptional cardiac care to children and adults with congenital heart disease and their families, and to be a vibrant, nationally prominent team that is the cornerstone of pediatric heart care in South Texas.

Book Chapters

  1. Plastino KA. Placenta Previa In: Essential Emergency Medicine for the Healthcare Practitioner. Philadelphia, PA 19103-2899: Saunders Elsevier; 2007. p. 540 - 542..

Journal Articles

  1. Ginnie Abarbanell, Martina Oneko, Laura Steinhardt, Reuben Yego, Ryan E Wiegand, Phillip A. Swanson, Natasha KC, Dorcas Akach, Tony Sang, Julie Gutman, Elizabeth Nzuu, Allan Dungani, B. Kim Lee Sim, Paul Ndaya Oloo, Kephas Otieno, Dennis K. Bii, Peter F. Billingsley, Eric R James, Simon Kariuki, Aaron Samuels, Said Jongo, Winnie Chebore, Salim Abdulla, Claudia A Daubenberger, Maxmillian Mpina, David Styers, Gail E Potter, Thomas L. Richie, Stephen Hoffman, Robert A. Seder. Safety, immunogenicity and efficacy of PfSPZ Vaccine against malaria in infants in western Kenya: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled phase 2 trial in Nature Medicine 27(9):1-10, September 2021.
  2. Ginnie Abarbanell, Kayla N. Anderson, Naomi K. Tepper, Karrie Downing, Elizabeth C. Ailes, Sherry Farr. Contraceptive methods of privately-insured U.S. women with congenital heart defects in American Heart Journal 222, April 2020.
  3. Ginnie Abarbanell, Naomi K. Tepper, Sherry L. Farr. Safety of contraceptive use among women with congenital heart disease: A systematic review in Clinical Infectious Diseases 71(4), September 2019.
  4. Ginnie Abarbanell, Laura Steinhardt, Thomas L Richie, Reuben Yego, Dorcas Akach Mary J Hamel, Julie Gutman, Ryan E Wiegand, Elizabeth Nzuu, Allan Dungani Natasha Kc, Tooba Murshedkar, L W Preston Church, B Kim Lee Sim, Peter Billingsley, Eric R James, Yonas Abebe, Simon Kariuki, Aaron Samuels, Kephas Otieno, Tony Sang, Patrick Kachur, David Styers, Kelly Schlessman, Stephen Hoffman, Robert A Seder, Martina Oneko. Safety, tolerability, and immunogenicity of PfSPZ Vaccine administered by direct venous inoculation to infants and young children: findings from an age de-escalation, dose-escalation double-blinded randomized, controlled study in western Kenya in Congenital Heart Disease 14(3), January 2019.
  5. Ginnie Abarbanell, Sherry L. Farr, Karrie F. Downing, Tiffany Riehle-Colarusso . Functional limitations and educational needs among children and adolescents with heart disease in Congenital Heart Disease 13(4), July 2018.
  6. Ginnie Abarbanell, William L Border, Brian Schlosser, Gemma Morrow, Mike Kelleman, Ritu Sachdeva. Preoperative echocardiographic measures in interrupted aortic arch: Which ones best predict surgical approach and outcome? in Congenital Heart Disease 13(4), March 2018.
  7. Ginnie L. Abarbanell, Gemma Morrow, Mike Kelleman, Kirk R. Kanter, William L Border, Ritu Sachdeva. Echocardiographic Predictors of Left Ventricular Outflow Tract Obstruction following Repair of Atrioventricular Septal Defect: LV Outflow Obstruction in AVSD in Congenital Heart Disease 11(6), May 2016.
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