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

Fraga MV, Hedrick HL, Rintoul NE, Wang Y, Ash D, Flohr SJ, Mathew L, Reynolds T, Engelman JL, Avitabile CM.: Congenital diaphragmatic hernia patients with left heart hypoplasia and left ventricular dysfunction have highest odds of mortality. J Pediatr Apr 2024 Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2024.114061. Epub ahead of print.

Johng S, Hsu J, Vossough A, Goncalves F, Licht D, Rintoul N, Hedrick H, Hoffman C, Avitabile C, Barr K, DeMauro S.: Associations between Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation and Neuroimaging and Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Infants with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia: A Propensity Score-Matched Analysis. Oral presentation by Johng at International Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Symposium, Lille, France Apr 2024.

Avitabile CM, Krishnan US, Yung D, Handler SS, Varghese N, Bates A, Fineman J, Sullivan R, Friere G, Austin E, Mullen MP, Pereira C, Christensen EJ. Yenokyan G. Collaco JM, Abman SH, Romer L, Ivy DD, Rosenzweig EB: Actigraphy Methodology in the Kids Mod PAH Trial: Physical Activity as a Functional Endpoint in Pediatric Clinical Trials. Pulm Circ 14(1), Mar 2024 Notes: doi: 10.1002/pul2.12339.

Avitabile CM, Weber DR, Zemel BS: Paediatric dominant and non-dominant handgrip reference curves and the association with body composition Ann Hum Biol 51(1), Feb 2024 Notes: doi: 10.1080/03014460.2023.2298474. Epub 2024 Jan 22.

Avitabile CM, Yung D, Handler S, Hopper RK, Fineman J, Freire G, Varghese N, Mullen MP, 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. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2023.113639. Epub 2023 Jul 28. (eds.). Nov 2023.

Avitabile CM, Yung D, Handler S, Hopper RK, Fineman J, Freire G, Varghese N, Mullen MP, 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 Nov 2023 Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2023.113639.

Wild KT, Hedrick HL, Ades AM, Fraga MV, Avitabile CM, Gebb JS, Oliver ER, Coletti K, Kesler EM, Van Hoose KT, Panitch HB, Johng S, Ebbert RP, Herkert LM, Hoffman C, Ruble D, Flohr S, Reynolds T, Duran M, Foster A, Isserman RS, Partridge EA, Rintoul NE. : Update on Management and Outcomes of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. J Intensive Care Med Nov 2023 Notes: doi: 10.1177/08850666231212874. Epub ahead of print.

Collaco JM, Abman SH, Austin ED, Avitabile CM, Bates A, Fineman JR, Freire GA, Handler SS, Ivy DD, Krishnan US, Mullen MP, Varghese NP, Yung D, Nies MK, Everett AD, Zimmerman KO, Simmons W, Chakraborty H, Yenokyan G, Newell-Sturdivant A, Christensen E, Eyzaguirre LM, Hanley DF, Rosenzweig EB, Romer LH. : Kids Mod PAH trial: A multicenter trial comparing mono- versus duo-therapy for initial treatment of pediatric pulmonary hypertension. Pulm Circ Page: e12305. doi: 10.1002/pul2.12305, Oct 2023.

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: 113564. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2023.113564. Oct 2023.

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

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