Catherine M. Avitabile, MD

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology) at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Attending Physician, Cardiology, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Core Faculty, Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Department: Pediatrics

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

Pulmonary hypertension
Pulmonary vein stenosis
Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
Congenital diaphragmatic hernia

Description of Research Expertise

Pulmonary hypertension
Fontan physiology
Peripheral determinants of exercise capacity
Exercise training
Right ventricular function
Congenital diaphragmatic hernia

Selected Publications

Avitabile CM, Flohr S, Mathew L, Wang Y, Ash D, Frank DB, Tingo JE, Rintoul NE, Hedrick HL: Quantitative measures of right ventricular size and function by echocardiogram correlate with cardiac catheterization hemodynamics in congenital diaphragmatic hernia. J Pediatr Page: doi: 10.1016, Oct 2023 Notes: epub ahead of print.

Avitabile CM: It’s Classified: The Complexity of Pulmonary Hypertension Associated with Congenital Heart Disease. American Heart Association Professional Heart Daily Page: In press, Sep 2023 Notes: Commentary on AHA Scientific Statement: Pulmonary Hypertension in Congenital Heart Disease: A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association

De Bie FR, Avitabile CM, Flohr S, Land S, Mathew L, Wang Y, Ash D, Rintoul NE, Hedrick HL. : Treprostinil in neonates with congenital diaphragmatic hernia-related pulmonary hypertension. J Pediatr Page: doi: 10.1016, Aug 2023 Notes: epub ahead of print.

Avitabile CM, Yung D, Handler S, Hopper RK, Fineman J, Freire G, Varghese N, Mullen M, Krishnan US, Austin E, Silveira L, Ivy DD: Measurement of physical activity by actigraphy in infants and young children with pulmonary arterial hypertension. J Pediatr 262(1): doi: 10.1016, Jul 2023 Notes: epub ahead of print.

Avitabile CM, Hopper RK, Handler SS, Bates A: Editorial: Advances in the care of the pediatric pulmonary hypertension patient: from the neonate to the adolescent-young adult patient. Front Pediatr 11(1): doi: 10.3389, May 2023 Notes: eCollection.

Avitabile CM, Faig W, Dureja D, McBride M, Paridon SM, Mitchell JA, Zemel BS: Accelerometer-measured physical activity Is associated with longer 6-minute walk distance in children with pulmonary hypertension American Thoracic Society Meeting, Washington DC, Poster Presentation by Avitabile May 2023.

Vega T, Huber M, Avitabile CM, Frank DB, O'Byrne ML, Gibbs K, Jensen EA, Lorch SA Bamat N: Pulmonary vasodilator use in very preterm infants in United States children's hospitals. Eastern Society for Pediatric Research 2023 Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA. Oral presentation by Vega March 2023.

Frank BS, Gentzler ER, Avitabile CM, Miller-Reed K, Pan Z, Rosenzweig EB, Ivy DD, Krishnan U: Safety and effectiveness of selexipag in pediatric pulmonary hypertension: a multi-center cohort study 16th International Conference on Neonatal and Childhood Pulmonary Vascular Disease, San Francisco, CA, Poster presentation by Frank March 2023.

Hopper RK, Abman SH, Elia EG, Avitabile CM, Yung D, Mullen MP, Austin ED, Bates A, Handler SS, Feinstein JA, Ivy DD, Kinsella JP, Mandl KD, Raj JU, Sleeper LA; Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Network Investigators.: Pulmonary hypertension in children with Down syndrome: results from the Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Network Registry J Pediatr 252(1): 131-140, January 2023.

Avitabile CM, McBride MG, Zhang X, Ampah S, Goldstein BH, Alsaied T, Wittekind SG, Whitehead KK, Zemel BS, Paridon SM: Peak work rate increases with lower extremity-focused exercise training in adolescents with Fontan circulation. J Am Heart Assoc 20(11), December 2022 Notes: doi: 10.1161/JAHA.122.027464. Epub 2022 Dec 14.

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