Denise D. Donaghue, RN, MSN

Denise D. Donaghue, RN, MSN, is manager of the Fetal Heart Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Locations: Main Campus
Phone: 215-590-5647

  • Background

    Ms. Donaghue brings over 20 years of nursing experience to The Fetal Heart Program. As a former nurse manager of our Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), Ms. Donaghue uses her exceptional talent to create a seamless continuum of care for the fetus with heart disease. From initial diagnosis, to prenatal evaluation, learning about the heart defect, infant delivery, intensive care management, cardiac surgery and beyond, Ms. Donaghue provides the coordination of services and the compassionate voice that makes The Fetal Heart Program so unique.

    Original Papers


    Rychik J Md, Szwast A, Natarajan S, Quartermain M, Donaghue DD, Combs J, Gaynor JW, Gruber PJ, Spray TL, Bebbington M, Johnson MP. Perinatal and early surgical outcome for the fetus with hypoplastic left heart syndrome: a five-year single institutional experience. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Apr 27. Read the abstract.

    Szwast A, Tian Z, McCann M, Donaghue D, Rychik J. Vasoreactive response to maternal hyperoxygenation in the fetus with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2010 Mar;3(2):172-8. Epub 2009 Dec 31. Read the abstract.


    Quartermain MD, Cohen MS, Dominguez TE, Tian Z, Donaghue DD, Rychik J. Left ventricle to right ventricle size discrepancy in the fetus: the presence of critical congenital heart disease can be reliably predicted. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2009 Nov;22(11):1296-301. Epub 2009 Oct 7. Read the abstract.

    Szwast A, Tian Z, McCann M, Donaghue D, Rychik J. Right ventricular performance in the fetus with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Ann Thorac Surg. 2009 Apr;87(4):1214-9. Read the abstract.

  • Education and Training

    Additional Training

    MSN, Nursing and Healthcare Administration - Villanova University, Villanova, PA

    Undergraduate Degree

    BSN - Villanova University, Villanova, PA

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Fetal Heart Program Manager

  • Departments and Services
  • Research Interests

    Maternal stress