Aaron G. DeWitt, MD

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Aaron G. DeWitt, MD, is an attending cardiologist in the Division of Cardiac Critical Care Medicine at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Locations: Main Hospital
Phone: 215-590-4040

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY

Internship

Pediatrics - peGolisano Children's Hospital, Rochester, NY

Residency

Pediatrics - Golisano Children’s Hospital, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY (Chief Resident)

Fellowship

Pediatric Cardiology - University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI
Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care - University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI

Board Certification

Pediatric Cardiology
Pediatrics

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Cardiologist

Attending Cardiac Intensivist

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Departments and Services

Research Interests

Mesenteric near-infrared spectroscopy monitoring in neonates after congenital heart surgery

Umbilical venous catheter use in neonates with congenital heart disease

Long-term effects of acute kidney injury after congenital heart surgery

Palliative care in pediatric patients with congenital and acquired heart disease

Chronic critical illness in pediatric patients with congenital and acquired heart disease

Lymphatic disease in pediatric patients with congenital and acquired heart disease and in critically ill infants and children

Quality improvement in congenital heart disease care

Publications

Papers

2020

Natarajan SS, Stagg A, Taylor AM, Griffis HM, Bosler CK, Cates M, Dewitt AG, Giglia TM, Mascio CE, Ravishankar C, Rossano JW, Taylor LC, Ware EP, Nicolson SC, Rome JJ: Standardization of the Perioperative Management for Neonates Undergoing the Norwood Operation for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and Related Heart Defects. Pediatr Crit Care Med Jul 2020.

DeWitt AG, Rossano JW, Bailly DK, Bhat PN, Chanani NK, Kirkland BW, Moga MA, Owens GE, Retzloff LB, Zhang W, Banerjee M, Costarino AT, Bird GL, Gaies M: Predicting and Surviving Prolonged Critical Illness After Congenital Heart Surgery. Crit Care Med Jul 2020. PMCID: PMC7316132

Dori Y, Smith CL, DeWitt AG, Srinivasan A, Krishnamurthy G, Escobar FA, Biko DM: Intramesenteric dynamic contrast pediatric MR lymphangiography: initial experience and comparison with intranodal and intrahepatic MR lymphangiography  Eur Radiol May 2020.

Ghosh RM, Griffis HM, Glatz AC, Rome JJ, Smith CL, Gillespie MJ, Whitehead KK, O'Byrne ML, Biko DM, Ravishankar C, Dewitt AG, Dori Y: Prevalence and Cause of Early Fontan Complications: Does the Lymphatic Circulation Play a Role? J Am Heart Assoc.  9(7), Apr 2020.

2019

Biko DM, Smith CL, Otero HJ, Saul D, White AM, DeWitt A, Glatz AC, Piccoli DA, Mamula P, Rome JJ, Dori Y: Intrahepatic dynamic contrast MR lymphangiography: initial experience with a new technique for the assessment of liver lymphatics. Eur Radiol 29(10): 5190-5196, Oct 2019.

Moynihan KM, Snaman JM, Kaye EC, Morrison WE, DeWitt AG, Sacks LD, Thompson JL, Hwang JM, Bailey V, Lafond DA, Wolfe J, Blume ED.: Integration of Pediatric Palliative Care Into Cardiac Intensive Care: A Champion-Based Model. Pediatrics 144(2), Aug 2019.

Walter JK, Schall TE, DeWitt AG, Faerber J, Griffis H, Galligan M, Miller V, Arnold RM, Feudtner C: Interprofessional Team Member Communication Patterns, Teamwork, and Collaboration in Pre-Family Meeting Huddles in a Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. J Pain Symptom Manage 51(8): 11-18, Jul 2019.

Walter JK, Sachs E, Schall TE, Dewitt AG, Miller VA, Arnold RM, Feudtner C: Interprofessional Teamwork During Family Meetings in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. J Pain Symptom Manage 57(6): 1089-1098, Jun 2019.

Biko DM, DeWitt AG, Pinto EM, Morrison RE, Johnstone JA, Griffis H, O'Byrne ML, Fogel MA, Harris MA, Partington SL, Whitehead KK, Saul D, Goldberg DJ, Rychik J, Glatz AC, Gillespie MJ, Rome JJ, Dori Y: MRI Evaluation of Lymphatic Abnormalities in the Neck and Thorax after Fontan Surgery: Relationship with Outcome. Radiology 291(3): 774-780, Jun 2019.

Biko DM, DeWitt AG, Pinto EM, Morrison RE, Johnstone JA, Griffis H, O'Byrne ML, Fogel MA, Harris MA, Partington SL, Whitehead K, Saul D, Goldberg DJ, Rychik J, Glatz AC, Gillespie MJ, Rome JJ, Dori Y: MRI Evaluation of Lymphatic Abnormalities in the Neck and Thorax after Fontan Surgery: Relationship with Outcome  Radiology Jun 2019. PMCID: PMC6542623

Miller TA, Ghanayem NS, Newburger JW, McCrindle BW, Hu C, DeWitt AG, Cnota JF, Tractenberg FL, Pemberton VL, Wolf MJ, Votava-Smith JK, Fifer CG, Lambert LM, Shah A, Graham EM, Pizarro C, Jacobs JP, Miller SG, Minich LL; Pediatric Heart Network Investigators: Gestational Age, Birth Weight, and Outcomes Six Years After the Norwood Procedure. Pediatrics 143(5): e20182577, May 2019.

2018

Kirschen MP, Blinder J, Dewitt A, Snyder M, Ichord R, Berg RA, Nadkarni V, Topjian A: Bedside clinical neurologic assessment utilisation in paediatric cardiac intensive care units. Cardiol Young 28(12): 1457-1462, Dec 2018. PMCID: 30322413

O'Byrne ML, Glatz AC, Song L, Griffis HM, Millenson ME, Gillespie MJ, Dori Y, DeWitt AG, Mascio CE, Rome JJ: Association Between Variation in Preoperative Care Before Arterial Switch Operation and Outcomes in Patients With Transposition of the Great Arteries. Circulation 138(19): 2119-2129, Nov 2018. PMCID: 30474422

Geanacopoulos AT, Savla JJ, Pogoriler J, Piccione J, Phinizy P, DeWitt AG, Blinder JJ, Pinto E, Itkin M, Dori Y, Goldfarb SB.: Bronchoscopic and histologic findings during lymphatic intervention for plastic bronchitis. Pediatr Pulmonol 53(11): 1574-1581, Nov 2018.

Geanacopoulos AT, Savla JJ, Pogoriler J, Piccione J, Phinizy P, DeWitt AG, Blinder JJ, Pinto E, Itkin M, Dori Y, Goldfarb SB: Bronchoscopic and histologic findings during lymphatic intervention for plastic bronchitis. Pediatr Pulmonol 53(11): 1574-1581, Nov 2018. PMCID: 30207430

2017

Itkin M, Piccoli DA, Nadolski G, Rychik J, DeWitt A, Pinto E, Rome J, Dori Y.: Protein-Losing Enteropathy in Patients With Congenital Heart Disease. J Am Coll Cardiol 69(24): 2929-2937, Jun 2017.

2016

Wong JH, Selewski DT, Yu S, Leopold KE, Roberts KH, Donohue JE, Ohye RG, Charpie JR, Goldberg CS, DeWitt AG.: Severe Acute Kidney Injury Following Stage 1 Norwood Palliation: Effect on Outcomes and Risk of Severe Acute Kidney Injury at Subsequent Surgical Stages. Pediatr Crit Care Med 17(7): 615-23, Jul 2016.

2015

DeWitt Aaron G, Zampi Jeffrey D, Donohue Janet E, Yu Sunkyung, Lloyd Thomas R: Fluoroscopy-guided Umbilical Venous Catheter Placement in Infants with Congenital Heart Disease. Congenital Heart Dis 10(4): 317-25, Jul-Aug 2015.

2014

DeWitt Aaron G, Charpie John R, Donohue Janet E, Yu Sunkyung, Owens Gabe E: Splanchnic near-infrared spectroscopy and risk of necrotizing enterocolitis after neonatal heart surgery. Pediatric cardiology 35(7): 1286-94, Oct 2014.

Abstracts

2020

Isabel Randazzo, Jesse Chittams, Nancy Burnham, Andreas W. Loepke, Aaron DeWitt, Hailey Collier, Judy C. Bernbaum, Marsha Gerdes, J. William Gaynor, Allan F. Simpao: Anesthesia Exposure And Neurocognitive Outcomes In Infants With Congenital Heart Disease. ASA Annual Meeting 2020.

2018

Savla JJ, Smith CL, DeWitt AG, Pinto EM, Glatz AC, Gillespie MJ, Rome JJ, Dori Y: Direct Measurement of Thoracic Duct Pressure in Patients with Fontan Physiology. Presentation, given by colleague - Cardiology 2018: 21th Annual Update on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Disease, Scottsdale, AZ  Feb 2018.

Books

Chapters

2019

Mindy Fein; Aaron Dewitt; Donna M. Moro-Sutherland: Chapter 41: Heart Failure in Infants and Children. Strange and Schafermeyer's Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 5e. Milton Tenenbein, Charles G. Macias, Ghazala Q. Sharieff, Loren G. Yamamoto, Robert Schafermeyer (eds.). McGraw-Hill Education, 2019.

2017

Albert P. Rocchini & Aaron G. DeWitt: Pediatric Cardiovascular Physiology. Pediatric Surgery. Prem Puri (eds.). Springer, Page: 1-17, Mar 2017.

2014

DeWitt AG and Charpie JR: Transport of the critically ill cardiac patient. Pediatric and Congenital Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery and Intensive Care. Da Cruz ED and Jagger J (eds.). Springer (London), Page: 105-115, 2014.

Posters and Presentations

2019

DeWitt AG, Rossano JW, Bailly DK, Bhat PN, Chanani NK, Kirkland BW, Moga MA, Owens GE , Retzloff LB, Zhang W, Banerjee M, Costarino AC, Bird GL, Gaies M: Predicting and Surviving Prolonged Critical Illness After Congenital Heart Surgery Poster PC4/PAC3 Fall Conference, All Teach/All Learn QI & Research Poster Session, Ann Arbor, MI Nov 2019.

Savla JJ, DeWitt AG, Geanacopoulos AT, Smith CL, Glatz AC, O'Byrne ML, Biko DM, Pinto EM, DeSantis M, Ravishankar C, Gillespie MJ, Rome JJ, Goldfarb SB, Dori Y, Blinder JJ: Lymphatic Intervention for Plastic Bronchitis Improves Outcomes in Patients with Congenital Heart Disease Poster, Cardiology 2019: 22nd Annual Update on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Disease, Huntington Beach, CA  Feb 2019.

Mejia E, Otero H, Smith CL, Shipman M, Liu M,Pinto E, DeWitt A, Rome JJ, Dori Y, Biko DM: Contrast Enhanced Ultrasound: Can It Replace Conventional Lymphangiography for Determining Thoracic Duct Patency?  Poster, Cardiology 2019: 22nd Annual Update on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Disease, Huntington Beach, CA Feb 2019.

Lemley BA, Biko DM, Smith CL, Otero H, Saul D, White A, Liu M, Shipman M, Pinto E, Dewitt A, Ravishankar C, Glatz A, O'Byrne M, Gillespie M, Rome JJ, Dori Y: Intrahepatic dynamic contrast-enhanced MR lymphangiography findings in congenital heart disease patients with protein-losing enteropathy. Poster, Cardiology 2019: 22nd Annual Update on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Disease, Huntington Beach, CA   Feb 2019.

Dietzman T, Adu-Darko M, Smith C, Blinder J,Pinto E, Ravishankar C, Rome J, Dori Y, DeWitt A: Thoracic duct embolization after superior cavo-pulmonary anastomosis can lead to successful Fontan completion  Poster, Cardiology 2019: 22nd Annual Update on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Disease, Huntington Beach, CA  Feb 2019.

2018

Jennifer K. Walter, MD, PhD, MS; Theodore E Schall, MSW; Aaron G. DeWitt, MD; Robert M Arnold, MD;  Chris Feudtner, MD, PhD, MPH: Team Meetings in the Pediatric CICU are Physician Dominated but Display Effective Teamwork and Collaboration  Poster, The Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society 14th Annual International Meeting. Miami, FL.  Dec 2018.

Jennifer K. Walter, MD, PhD, MS, Emily Sachs, Aaron DeWitt, Robert Arnold, Chris Feudtner: Communication in Pediatric CICU Family Meetings May Benefit from Better Coordination. Poster, The Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society 14th Annual International Meeting. Miami, FL. Dec 2018.

Jenna Heichel, CRNP, Aaron DeWitt, MD, J. William Gaynor, MD, Maryam Y. Naim, MD: A Challenging Case of Pulmonary Overcirculation with Borderline Left Heart Structures. Poster, The Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society 14th Annual International Meeting. Miami, FL.   Dec 2018.

Felina Mille, Joshua Blinder, Michael L O'Byrne, Aaron DeWitt: Pre-operative adrenal insufficiency in neonates with D-transposition of the great arteries. Poster, The Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society 14th Annual International Meeting. Miami, FL.  Dec 2018.

Emily Schwartz, Aaron G. DeWitt, Erin Pinto, Yoav Dori, Maryam Y. Naim: Thoracic Duct Embolization for Chylous Effusions Following Orthotopic Heart Transplant  Poster, The Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society 14th Annual International Meeting. Miami, FL.   Dec 2018.

David K. Werho, MD, Aaron G. DeWitt, MD, Sonal T. Owens, MD, Mary E. McBride, MD, Sandrijn van Schaik, MD, PhD, Stephen J. Roth, MD: Establishing Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) in Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care: A Mixed Methods Study. Poster, The Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society 14th Annual International Meeting. Miami, FL.   Dec 2018.

Becket AM, Mascio CE, DeWitt AG, Naim MY: Late Norwood Operation In A Patient With Cystic Fibrosis  Poster, The Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society 14th Annual International Meeting. Miami, FL Dec 2018.

Aaron G. DeWitt, MD; Jill J. Savla, MD; Alexandra T. Geanacopoulos, MD; Christopher L. Smith, MD, PhD; David M. Biko, MD; Erin M. Pinto, MSN; Marcie DeSantis; Chitra Ravishankar, MD; Andrew C. Glatz, MD, MSCE; Michael L. O'Byrne, MD, MSCE; Matthew J. Gillespie, MD; Jonathan J. Rome, MD; Samuel B. Goldfarb, MD; Yoav Dori, MD, PhD; Joshua J. Blinder, MD: Critical Care Delivery and Outcomes after Percutaneous Lymphatic Intervention for Plastic Bronchitis. Oral Presentation, The Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society 14th Annual International Meeting. Miami, FL. Dec 2018.

DeWitt AG, Rossano JW, Bailly DK, Bhat PN, Chanani NK, Kirkland BW, Moga MA, Owens GE, Retzloff LB, Zhang W, Banerjee M, Costarino AT, Bird GL, Pasquali SK, Gaies M  : Modifiable factors predict mortality after prolonged critical illness following congenital heart surgery  Poster, ACC.18, 67th Annual Scientific Session & Expo Mar 2018.

Walter JK, Sachs E, DeWitt A, Arnold R, Feudtner C: Interprofessional teamwork for family meetings in the pediatric cardiac intensive care unit. Poster, Cardiology 2018: 21th Annual Update on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Disease, Scottsdale, AZ Feb 2018.

Walter JK, Sachs E, DeWitt A, Arnold R, Feudtner: Communication Patterns of Interprofessional Teams in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. Poster, Cardiology 2018: 21th Annual Update on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Disease, Scottsdale, AZ Feb 2018.

Invited Lectures

2020

DeWitt Aaron G. "Challenges in Providing Good Palliative Care to Children with Heart Disease", Children's National Medical Center Pediatric Grand Rounds, Washington, D.C. Jan 2020.

2019

DeWitt Aaron G. "Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome: Ethical Challenges: When and How to Stand Down", Cardiology 2019 - 22st Annual Update on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Disease, Huntington Beach, CA. Feb 2019.

DeWitt Aaron G. "Challenges and Solutions in Cardiac ICU Care 
and Anesthesia: A Case of Extreme Lymphatic Failure", Cardiology 2019 - 22st Annual Update on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Disease, Huntington Beach, CA. Feb 2019.

DeWitt Aaron G. "Sedation and Pain Management after Cardiac Surgery", Cardiology 2019 - 22st Annual Update on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Disease, Huntington Beach, CA. Feb 2019.

DeWitt Aaron G. "What the Chest X-ray Can and Cannot Show You", Cardiology 2019 - 22nd Annual Update on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Disease, Huntington Beach, CA. Feb 2019.

2018

DeWitt Aaron G. "Prolonged Chylous Effusions: Potential Solutions", The Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society 14th Annual International Meeting, Miami Beach, FL. Dec 2018.

DeWitt Aaron G. "Bivalrudin Use for Mechanical Assist", Pennsylvania State Perfusion Society, King of Prussia, PA. Oct 2018.

DeWitt Aaron G. "Cardiac Emergencies", Transport of the Pediatric & Neonatal Patient Conference, Philadelphia, PA. Sept 2018.

DeWitt Aaron G. "Lymphangiography and Lymphatic Duct Embolization", Pediatric Innovation Retreat, Pittsburgh, PA. July 2018.

DeWitt Aaron G. "Techniques and Methods for Delivering Bad News", Cardiology 2018 - 21st Annual Update on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Disease, Scottsdale, AZ. Feb 2018.

DeWitt Aaron G. "Bivalrudin Use for Mechanical Assist", Cardiology 2018 - 21st Annual Update on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Disease, Scottsdale, AZ. Feb 2018.

DeWitt Aaron G. "What the Chest X-ray Can and Cannot Show You", Cardiology 2018 - 21st Annual Update on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Disease, Scottsdale, AZ. Feb 2018.

DeWitt Aaron G. "Sedation and Pain Management after Cardiac Surgery", Cardiology 2018 - 21st Annual Update on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Disease, Scottsdale, AZ. Feb 2018.

 

Awards and Honors

2019, Caffey Award for Best Clinical Science Paper, Society of Pediatric Radiology Annual Meeting
2018, Early Career Faculty Honor Roll, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2018, Best Poster Award in Congenital Heard Disease, American College of Cardiology 67th Annual Scientific Session & Expo
2018, Top Physician Abstract - The Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society 14th Annual International Meeting, Miami Beach, FL
2017, Critical Care Medicine Excellence in Fellow Education, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2013-2014, Samara Mendu Fellow, Universtiy of Michigan Congenital Heart Center
2008, Two-Time Strong Star, University of Rochester Medical Center
2007, Sandra and Alvin Blue Wig Award, Golisano Children's Hospital, Rochester, NY
2002-2006, Fannie and Henry Rice Whipple Scholarship Recipient, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
1998-2002, Charles M. Evans Endowed and Karl B. Michael Memorial Scholarships Recipient, Dartmouth College

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial Positions

2020-present, Cardiology in the Young, ad-hoc reviewer

Academic and Institutional Committees

2020-present, CICU Fellowship Program Evaluation Committee
2018-2020, QI - Optimizing Vascular Access, Dept of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine
2018-2020, QI - ACCESS, Cardiac Center
2018-present, QI - Standardization of Fontan Management, Cardiac Center
2018-present, Co-Leader, QI - Standardization Neonatal Surgery & Interventions, Cardiac Center
2017-present, Critical Care Fellowship Clinical Competency Committee, Division of Critical Care Medicine
2017-present, Critical Care Fellowship Selection Committee, Division of Critical Care Medicine
2017-present, QI - Reducing Cardiac Arrest in the CICU, Cardiac Center
2016-present, CICU representative, Dept of Critical Care & Anesthesiology QI Committee
2016-present, CICU representative, Cardiac Center QI Governance Committee
2015-present, Cardiology Fellowship Application Review Committee, Division of Cardiology
2015-present, Cardiology Fellowship Selection Committee, Division of Cardiology
2015-present, Cardiac Center Simulation Committee, Division of Cardiac Critical Care Medicine
2015-present, Local PC4 Interest Group, Division of Cardiac Critical Care Medicine
2014-present, CICU Chronic Care Rounds, Division of Cardiac Critical Care Medicine
2014-present, QI - Inpatient Care of Neonatal Single Ventricle Patients, Cardiac Center

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

2017-present, American Heart Association
2015-present, Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium
 - 2018-present, Quality Improvement Committee
 - 2017-present, Finance Committee
2014-present, Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society
 - 2019-present, Quality Improvement Committee