Catherine Avitabile, MD Catherine Avitabile, MD, is an attending cardiologist in the Cardiac Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Locations: Main Campus Patient Ratings: ★★★★★ ★★★★★ | Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467) Education and Training Medical SchoolMD - Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY InternshipPediatrics - Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY ResidencyPediatrics - Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY FellowshipAdvanced Fellowship in Non-invasive Cardiac Imaging (Transthoracic echocardiography, Transesophageal echocardiography, and Cardiac MRI) - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA Pediatric Cardiology - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA Board CertificationPediatric CardiologyPediatrics Titles and Academic Titles Attending CardiologistAssistant Professor of Pediatrics - Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Departments and Services Cardiac Center Pulmonary Hypertension Program Pulmonary Hypoplasia ProgramNewborn and Infant Chronic Lung Disease ProgramCenter for Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome Publications Papers2018 Lawrence KM, Berger K, Herkert L, Franciscovich C, O'Dea CLH, Waqar LN, Partridge E, Hanna BD, Peranteau WH, Avitabile CM, Hopper RK, Rintoul NE, Hedrick HL. Use of prostaglandin E1 to treat pulmonary hypertension in congenital diaphragmatic hernia. J Pediatr Surg. 2018 Oct 5;. PMID: 30442461 2017 Poletto E, Mallon M, Stevens R, Avitabile CM. Imaging review of vascular rings and pulmonary sling. J Am Osteopath Coll Radiol. 2017;6:5-14. 2016 Avitabile CM*, Whitehead KK*, Fogel MA, Kim DW, Kim TS, Rose JD, Keller MS, Fu GL, Harris MA. Holodiastolic Flow Reversal at the Descending Aorta on Cardiac Magnetic Resonance is Neither Sensitive Nor Specific for Significant Aortic Regurgitation in Patients with Congenital Heart Disease. Pediatr Cardiol. 2016;37:1284-9. Harris MA*, Avitabile CM*, Fu GL, Kim DW, Fogel MA, Whitehead KK. Accuracy and Internal Consistency of Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Measuring Branch Pulmonary Artery Flows in Patients with Conotruncal Anomalies and Branch Pulmonary Artery Stents. Am J Cardiol. 2016;117:1160-6. Avitabile CM, Harris MA, Whitehead KK. High-resolution, contrast-enhanced cardiac magnetic resonance detects an intracardiac thrombus in a Fontan patient. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2016;7:404-6. Avitabile CM, Harris MA, Chowdhury D. Cardiac magnetic resonance characterizes myocarditis in a 16-year-old female with Lyme disease. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2016;7:394-6. 2015 Avitabile CM, Goldberg DJ, Zemel BS, Brodsky JL, Dodds K, Hayden-Rush C, Whitehead KK, Goldmuntz E, Rychik J, Leonard MB. Deficits in bone density and structure in children and young adults following Fontan palliation. Bone. 2015;77:12-16. Avitabile CM, Leonard MB, Brodsky JL, Whitehead KK, Ravishankar C, Cohen JW, Rychik J, Goldberg DJ. Usefulness of insulin-like growth factor-1 as a marker of heart failure in children and young adults after the Fontan palliation procedure. Am J Cardiol. 2015;115:816-20. Avitabile CM, Mercer-Rosa L, Ravishankar C, Rome JJ, Gaynor JW, Spray TL, Cohen MS. Experience with biventricular intervention for neonates with mitral valve abnormalities in the setting of critical left heart obstruction. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015;99:877-83. Abstracts2015 Whitehead KK, Avitabile CM, Goldberg DJ, Leonard MB, Wei A, Tang E, Paridon SM, Yoganathan AP, Fogel MA. Relationship between leg lean mass Z-score and cardiac output at exercise as measured by exercise cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. Poster presentation by Whitehead at Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance/EuroCMR Joint Scientific Sessions. Nice, France. February 2015. Posters and PresentationsLectures by Invitation 2016 Avitabile C. Considerations for the Primary Care Provider of the Child with Congenital Heart Disease. Presented at: Capital Health Hospital Department of Pediatrics Monthly Meeting; 2016 Sep 23. 2015 Avitabile C. Extra-cardiac Complications of the Fontan Circulation. Presented at: Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Cardiology Congenital Heart Disease Conference at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; 2015 Jun 25; Philadelphia, PA. Avitabile C. Advances in Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Presented at: St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children Grand Rounds Lecture Series. 2015 Mar 27; Philadelphia, PA. Awards and Honors 2014, American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery Research Fellowship Award 2013, Pediatric Academic Societies Travel Award Program for Young Investigators 2007, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Alumni Association Gold Medal 2003, Dr. Robert Joseph Barnet Award to an Outstanding Arts and Letters Pre-professional Senior, University of Notre Dame 2003, Phi Beta Kappa 2002, Alpha Epsilon Delta (National Health Pre-professional Honor Society) 2002, Omicron Delta Epsilon (International Economics Honor Society) Editorial and Academic Positions Ad Hoc Reviewer Annals of Thoracic Surgery Endocrine World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery American Journal of Cardiology Cardiology in the Young Leadership and Memberships 2015 – present, American Society of Echocardiography 2013 – present, Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance 2013 – present, American Heart Association Patient Experience Ratings About the Patient Experience Rating System The Patient Experience Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown above from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. 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