by LIZ ONUFER | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Little Hearts, Big Hope

Dr. Grossfeld’s long-time connection to the San Diego medical community began with his pediatric residency and pediatric cardiology fellowship at UCSD. Since that time, Dr. Grossfeld has found his home here both professionally and personally. For the last 14 years, he and his family have enjoyed the peace and quiet of Carmel Valley, valuing the proximity to the beach and access to downtown while simultaneously “being able to live so closely and harmoniously with nature.”

faces_grossfield1Today, Dr. Grossfeld serves as a pediatric cardiologist, taking care of children with congenital heart disease. His work takes him outside the office in a variety of capacities. He serves as the cardiology consultant for the US Olympic Volleyball Team and organizes a yearly medical mission to serve children in Cambodia. In addition to patient care, Dr. Grossfeld also directs a research lab “aimed at understanding the genetic basis of congenital heart disease that can be translated to helping patients,” he explained.

In an effort to support this important research, the organization Little Hearts, Big Hope was started in 2009. “It started when I first met Dr. Randy Woods, who at the time was the chairman of the board for the UCSD Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center,” Dr. Grossfeld said. “I told him about my research and the concerns about the obtaining funding from the traditional sources. He graciously offered to do a fundraiser at his home and that’s how it started. We joined forces, formed a small organizing committee, and we are now planning our ninth annual event for May of this year.” Dr. Grossfeld emphasized the role of philanthropy in biomedical research given the challenges of funding: “In my case, it has been instrumental and allowed us to make advances that are literally helping to improve and even save children’s lives.”

Outside of work, Dr. Grossfeld enjoys an active lifestyle. “I love playing a variety of sports, swimming in La Jolla cove, music, and travelling internationally. I love helping coach my son’s various sports teams, particularly Little League baseball,” he shared. Despite the nine orthopedic surgeries he has had to have as an adult, Dr. Grossfeld noted, “I can still play most of the sports I’ve always loved doing.”


Name: Paul David Grossfeld, M.D.
Profession: Pediatric cardiologist
Community: Carmel Valley
Hobbies: Playing most sports, swimming at La Jolla cove, international travel, music
Favorite Local Spot: Our neighborhood