Catherine M. Avitabile, MD

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Department: Pediatrics

Contact information
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104
BA (Economics)
Univesity of Notre Dame, 2003.
MD (Medicine)
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 2007.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Pulmonary hypertension

Description of Research Expertise

Pulmonary hypertension
Fontan physiology
Peripheral determinants of exercise capacity
Exercise training

Selected Publications

Avitabile CM, Ansems S, Wang Y, Fraga MV, Kirpalani HM, Zhang H, Mercer-Rosa L, Jensen EA: Accuracy of brain natriuretic peptide as compared to a reference standard of echocardiogram for diagnosing pulmonary hypertension in severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia. World Journal of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery (online). 2018.

Avitabile CM, Harris MA, Doddasomayajula RS, Chopski SG, Gillespie MJ, Dori YD, Glatz AC, Fogel MA, Whitehead KK : Accuracy of phase contrast velocity mapping proximal and distal to stent artifact during cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. Am J Cardiol 2018 Notes: In press

Avitabile CM, Goldberg DJ, Leonard MB, Wei Z, Tang E, Paridon SM, Yoganathan AP, Fogel MA, Whitehead KK: Leg lean mass correlates with exercise systemic output in young Fontan patients. Heart Oct 2017 Notes: Epub ahead of print

Poletto E, Mallon M, Stevens R, Avitabile CM: Imaging review of vascular rings and pulmonary sling. J Am Osteopath Coll Radiol 6(2): 5-14, March 2017.

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 37(7): 1284-1289, Oct 2016 Notes: *Equal contributors.

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 7(3): 404-406, May 2016.

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 7(3): 394-396, May 2016.

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 117(7): 1160-1166, Apr 2016 Notes: *Equal contributors.

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 77(1): 12-16, Aug 2015.

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 115(6): 816-820, Mar 2015.

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