Dr. Rychik is director of the Fetal Heart Program and the Single Ventricle Survivorship Program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He holds the Robert S. Harrington Endowed Chair of Pediatric Cardiology.
Under Dr. Rychik’s leadership, the mission of the Fetal Heart Program is to offer compassionate, state-of-the-art care to the fetus with heart disease and his or her family; offer a comprehensive, knowledge-based learning experience to expectant mothers carrying a fetus with heart disease and their families and advance our understanding and knowledge in the field of fetal heart science. The program is dedicated to early prenatal diagnosis through fetal echocardiography of congenital cardiac anomalies, allowing vigilant monitoring and preparation for postnatal treatment at CHOP’s renowned Cardiac Center.
Dr. Rychik has also been instrumental in contributing to the field’s knowledge about the cardiac aspects of other congenital conditions; for example, he developed the unique CHOP Scoring System for Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome, which allows more accurate staging of the disorder.
As leader of the Single Ventricle Survivorship Program, Dr. Rychik is focused on studying the long-term effects of current management strategies for single ventricle conditions, in the interest of improving therapies.
Dr. Rychik serves on the editorial board of numerous national and international journals including Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy, Progress in Pediatric Cardiology, Congenital Heart Disease, and the World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery. He is a frequent lecturer and presenter at national and international pediatric cardiac conferences on complex cardiovascular disease in both fetal and pediatric patients.
Dr. Rychik has authored more than 250 peer reviewed research publications, books, reviews, chapters and abstracts on fetal and pediatric cardiac disorders and treatment. He recently completed a book and video image atlas entitled" Fetal Cardiovascular Imaging: A Disease Based Approach," which is expected to be the definitive text on the subject of imaging and management of fetal heart disease.
He brings over 10 years of experience to The Fetal Heart Program in the field of imaging and managing complex heart disease.
- Education and Training
MD - State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, New York, NY
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
- Titles and Academic Titles
Director, Fetal Heart Program
Director, Single Ventricle Survivorship Program
Associate Chief for Academic Affairs
Robert and Dolores Harrington Endowed Chair in Cardiology
The Cardiac Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
- Centers and Programs
Thacker D, Patel A, Dodds K, Goldberg DJ, Semeao E, Rychik J. Use of oral budesonide in the management of protein-losing enteropathy after the Fontan operation. Ann Thorac Surg. 2010 Mar;89(3):837-42.
Rychik J. Forty years of the Fontan operation: a failed strategy. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Pediatr Card Surg Annu. 2010;13(1):96-100. No abstract available.
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 abstract.
Nathan AT, Marino BS, Dominguez T, Tabbutt S, Nicolson S, Donaghue DD, Spray TL, Rychik J.Tricuspid valve dysplasia with severe tricuspid regurgitation: fetal pulmonary artery size predicts lung viability in the presence of small lung volumes. Fetal Diagn Ther. 2010;27(2):101-5. Epub 2010 Jan 12.
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.
Rychik J. Long-term outcomes after Fontan surgery. Nat Clin Pract Cardiovasc Med. 2008 May 13.
Dorfman AT, Marino BS, Wernovsky G, Tabbutt S, Ravishankar C, Godinez RI, Priestley M, Dodds KM, Rychik J, Gruber PJ, Gaynor JW, Levy RJ, Nicolson SC, Montenegro LM, Spray TL, Dominguez TE. Critical heart disease in the neonate: presentation and outcome at a tertiary care center. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2008 Mar;9(2):193-202. PMID: 18477933
Marino BS, Pasquali SK, Wernovsky G, Rychik J, Montenegro L, Shera D, Spray TL, Cohen MS, Pudusseri A. Accuracy of intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography in the prediction of future neo-aortic valve function after the Ross procedure in children and young adults. Congenit Heart Dis. 2008 Jan;3(1):39-46. PMID: 18373748
Hüsler MR, Wilson RD, Rychik J, Bebbington MW, Johnson MP, Mann SE, Hedrick HL, Adzick S. Prenatally diagnosed fetal lung lesions with associated conotruncal heart defects: is there a genetic association? Prenat Diagn. 2007 Dec;27(12):1123-8. PMID: 17787025
Glatz JA, Tabbutt S, Gaynor JW, Rome JJ, Montenegro L, Spray TL, Rychik J. Hypoplastic left heart syndrome with atrial level restriction in the era of prenatal diagnosis. Ann Thorac Surg. 2007 Nov;84(5):1633-8. PMID: 17954074
Rychik J, Tian Z, Bebbington M, Xu F, McCann M, Mann S, Wilson RD, Johnson MP. The twin-twin transfusion syndrome: spectrum of cardiovascular abnormality and development of a cardiovascular score to assess severity of disease. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2007 Oct;197(4):392.e1-8. PMID: 17904973
Rychik J. Protein-losing enteropathy after Fontan operation. Congenit Heart Dis. 2007 Sep;2(5):288-300. PMID: 18377444
Szwast A, Tian Z, McCann M, Donaghue D, Bebbington M, Johnson M, Wilson RD, Rychik J. Impact of altered loading conditions on ventricular performance in fetuses with congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation and twin-twin transfusion syndrome. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2007 Jul;30(1):40-6. PMID: 17533619
Shillingford AJ, Ittenbach RF, Marino BS, Rychik J, Clancy RR, Spray TL, Gaynor JW, Wernovsky G. Aortic morphometry and microcephaly in hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Cardiol Young. 2007 Apr;17(2):189-95. Epub 2007 Mar 5. PMID: 17338838
Mercer-Rosa L, Seliem MA, Fedec A, Rome J, Rychik J, Gaynor JW. Illustration of the additional value of real-time 3-dimensional echocardiography to conventional transthoracic and transesophageal 2-dimensional echocardiography in imaging muscular ventricular septal defects: does this have any impact on individual patient treatment? J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2006 Dec;19(12):1511-9. PMID: 17138037
Cohen MS, Schultz AH, Tian ZY, Donaghue DD, Weinberg PM, Gaynor JW, Rychik J. Heterotaxy syndrome with functional single ventricle: does prenatal diagnosis improve survival? Ann Thorac Surg. 2006 Nov;82 5):1629-36. PMID: 17062216
Ismat FA, Weinberg PM, Rychik J, Karl TR, Fogel MA. Right aortic arch and coarctation: a rare association. Congenit Heart Dis. 2006 Sep;1(5):217-23. PMID: 17330153
Ostrow AM, Freeze H, Rychik J. Protein-losing enteropathy after Fontan operation: investigations into possible pathophysiologic mechanisms. Ann Thorac Surg. 2006 Aug;82(2):695-700. PMID: 16863787
Seliem MA, Fedec A, Cohen MS, Ewing S, Farrell PE Jr, Rychik J, Schultz AH, Gaynor JW, Spray TL. Real-time 3-dimensional echocardiographic imaging of congenital heart disease using matrix-array technology: freehand real-time scanning adds instant morphologic details not well delineated by conventional 2-dimensional imaging. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2006 Feb;19(2):121-9. PMID: 16455415
Wernovsky G, Rome JJ, Tabbutt S, Rychik J, Cohen MS, Paridon SM, Webb G, Dodds KM, Gallagher MA, Fleck DA, Spray TL, Vetter VL, Gleason MM. Guidelines for the outpatient management of complex congenital heart disease. Congenit Heart Dis. 2006 Jan;1(1-2):10-26. Review. PMID: 18373786