It is my strongest belief that every patient deserves the best possible medical care, and it is this passion that drives me and makes me want to come to work every day.

EDUCATION

Undergraduate Degree

  • Stanford University , 1998 , Stanford , CA

Medical School

  • Stanford University , 2002 , Stanford , CA

Internship

  • Boston Children's Hospital , 2003 , Boston , MA

Residency

  • Boston Children's Hospital , 2005 , Boston , MA

Fellowship

Pediatric Cardiology
  • Boston Children's Hospital , 2008 , Boston , MA

Fellowship

Senior Fellowship; Non-Invasive Cardiac Imaging
  • Boston Children's Hospital , 2009 , Boston , MA

Philosophy of Care

I have the privilege of taking care of patients from all over the country and the world, and the honor of doing so with a team that truly provides exceptional care and pushes to improve outcomes for our most fragile patients every day.

It is my strongest belief that every patient deserves the best possible medical care, and it is this passion that drives me and makes me want to come to work every day.  I know that I enter my patients’ and families’ lives at a particularly difficult and vulnerable time and I work hard to be a source of comfort, information, and thoughtful and thorough care.  I strive to reassure patients and families when appropriate, prepare them for procedures, both physically and psychologically, when needed, and care for them as they recover from procedures and then for the rest of their lives.  This forges a bond that is unique and, in many ways, I become a part of their family and they a part of mine.  After all, no matter what our differences in background, language, or beliefs, we all share one common goal – giving the child in front of us the best and healthiest life possible.

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

I received my medical training at Stanford University, then joined the pediatric training program here at Boston Children’s Hospital. This was followed by a pediatric cardiology fellowship, including a year as Chief Fellow, and a year of subspecialty training in non-invasive imaging, including echocardiography and cardiac MRI.  Once at Boston Children's, it was impossible to leave behind the amazing team so I stayed on staff.  I now divide my time between the echocardiography, cardiac MRI, and cardiac CT labs, as well as inpatient and outpatient cardiac services.  I also serve as the Director of Quality Improvement for the Division of Non-Invasive Imaging, and as the Associate Director of the Cardiology Consult Service.  After patient care, one of my favorite aspects of my job is helping to train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric cardiologists, so I am involved in various teaching conferences for the residents, medical students, and fellows, and I serve on our divisional educational committee and also as a faculty advisor for the categorical and imaging fellows.  My research focuses on improving outcomes for children with heart disease, particularly those undergoing complex biventricular repairs, and optimizing the use and accuracy of non-invasive imaging in their care.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
  • American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. O'Leary ET, Gauvreau K, Alexander ME, Banka P, Bezzerides VJ, Fynn-Thompson F, Triedman JK, Walsh EP, Mah DY. Dual-Site Ventricular Pacing in Patients With Fontan Physiology and Heart Block: Does it Mitigate the Detrimental Effects of Single-Site Ventricular Pacing? JACC Clin Electrophysiol. 2018 Oct; 4(10):1289-1297. View abstract
  2. Mah DY, Prakash A, Porras D, Fynn-Thompson F, DeWitt ES, Banka P. Coronary artery compression from epicardial leads: More common than we think. Heart Rhythm. 2018 Oct; 15(10):1439-1447. View abstract
  3. Rashed M, Banka P, Barthur A, MacDougal RD, Rathod RH, Powell AJ, Prakash A. Effects of Dose Reduction on Diagnostic Image Quality of Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography in Children Using a Third-Generation Dual-Source Computed Tomography Scanner. Am J Cardiol. 2018 Oct 01; 122(7):1260-1264. View abstract
  4. Fiedler AG, Banka P, Zaleski K, Fahey MC, Breitbart RE, Fynn-Thompson F. Delayed Presentation of Traumatic Pericardial Rupture: Diagnostic and Surgical Considerations for Treatment. Heart Surg Forum. 2018 06 14; 21(4):E254-E256. View abstract
  5. Oladunjoye OO, Piekarski B, Banka P, Marx G, Breitbart RE, Del Nido PJ, Emani SM. Staged ventricular recruitment in patients with borderline ventricles and large ventricular septal defects. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2018 Jul; 156(1):254-264. View abstract
  6. Han BK, Casey S, Witt D, Leipsic J, Crean A, Nicol E, Semple T, Shambrook J, Prakash A, Banka P, Garberich R, Rigsby C, Hlavacek A, Lesser J. Development of a congenital cardiovascular computed tomography imaging registry: Rationale and implementation. J Cardiovasc Comput Tomogr. 2018 May - Jun; 12(3):263-266. View abstract
  7. Brennan A, Gauvreau K, Connor J, Almodovar M, DiNardo J, Banka P, Nathan M, Mathieu D, Kaza A, Mayer JE, Bergersen L. A Method to Account for Variation in Congenital Heart Surgery Length of Stay. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2017 Jun; 18(6):550-560. View abstract
  8. Herrin MA, Zurakowski D, Baird CW, Banka P, Esch JJ, Del Nido PJ, Emani SM. Hemodynamic parameters predict adverse outcomes following biventricular conversion with single-ventricle palliation takedown. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2017 Aug; 154(2):572-582. View abstract
  9. Campanale CM, Banka P, Sanders SP. Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection With an Intraparenchymal Course. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2017 Mar; 8(2):210-214. View abstract
  10. Banka P, Geva T. Advances in pediatric cardiac MRI. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2016 10; 28(5):575-83. View abstract
  11. Banka P, Robinson JD, Uppu SC, Harris MA, Hasbani K, Lai WW, Richmond ME, Fratz S, Jain S, Johnson TR, Maskatia SA, Lu JC, Samyn MM, Patton D, Powell AJ. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance techniques and findings in children with myocarditis: a multicenter retrospective study. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson. 2015 Nov 17; 17:96. View abstract
  12. Banka P, Schaetzle B, Gauvreau K, Geva T. Determinants of Resource Utilization in a Tertiary Pediatric and Congenital Echocardiographic Laboratory. Am J Cardiol. 2015 Oct 01; 116(7):1139-43. View abstract
  13. Friedman KG, Freud L, Escobar-Diaz M, Banka P, Emani S, Tworetzky W. Left Ventricular Remodeling and Function in Children with Biventricular Circulation After Fetal Aortic Valvuloplasty. Pediatr Cardiol. 2015 Oct; 36(7):1502-9. View abstract
  14. Gellis L, Banka P, Marshall A, Emani S, Porras D. Transcatheter balloon dilation for recurrent right ventricular outflow tract obstruction following valve-sparing repair of tetralogy of Fallot. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2015 Oct; 86(4):692-700. View abstract
  15. Bergersen L, Brennan A, Gauvreau K, Connor J, Almodovar M, DiNardo J, David S, Triedman J, Banka P, Emani S, Mayer JE. A method to account for variation in congenital heart surgery charges. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Mar; 99(3):939-46. View abstract
  16. Banka P, Schaetzle B, Komarlu R, Emani S, Geva T, Powell AJ. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance parameters associated with early transplant-free survival in children with small left hearts following conversion from a univentricular to biventricular circulation. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson. 2014 Oct 07; 16:73. View abstract
  17. Brennan A, Gauvreau K, Connor J, O'Connell C, David S, Almodovar M, DiNardo J, Banka P, Mayer JE, Marshall AC, Bergersen L. Development of a charge adjustment model for cardiac catheterization. Pediatr Cardiol. 2015 Feb; 36(2):264-73. View abstract
  18. Nichols-Vinueza DX, White MT, Powell AJ, Banka P, Neufeld EJ. MRI guided iron assessment and oral chelator use improve iron status in thalassemia major patients. Am J Hematol. 2014 Jul; 89(7):684-8. View abstract
  19. Mah DY, Alexander ME, Banka P, Abrams DJ, Triedman JK, Walsh EP, Fynn-Thompson F, Mayer JE, Cecchin F. The role of cardiac resynchronization therapy for arterial switch operations complicated by complete heart block. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Sep; 96(3):904-9. View abstract
  20. Kalish BT, Banka P, Lafranchi T, Tworetzky W, Del Nido P, Emani SM. Biventricular conversion after single ventricle palliation in patients with small left heart structures: short-term outcomes. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Oct; 96(4):1406-1412. View abstract
  21. Blalock SE, Banka P, Geva T, Powell AJ, Zhou J, Prakash A. Interstudy variability in cardiac magnetic resonance imaging measurements of ventricular volume, mass, and ejection fraction in repaired tetralogy of Fallot: a prospective observational study. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2013 Oct; 38(4):829-35. View abstract
  22. Ou P, Zhao Y, Fawal SE, Banka P, Powell AJ. Cardiac T2 measurements in patients with iron overload: a comparison of imaging parameters and analysis techniques. Magn Reson Imaging. 2012 Jun; 30(5):641-8. View abstract
  23. Kipps AK, Graham DA, Lewis E, Marx GR, Banka P, Rhodes J. Natural history of exercise function in patients with Ebstein anomaly: A serial study. Am Heart J. 2012 Mar; 163(3):486-91. View abstract
  24. Prakash A, Rathod RH, Powell AJ, McElhinney DB, Banka P, Geva T. Relation of systemic-to-pulmonary artery collateral flow in single ventricle physiology to palliative stage and clinical status. Am J Cardiol. 2012 Apr 01; 109(7):1038-45. View abstract
  25. Banka P, Sleeper LA, Atz AM, Cowley CG, Gallagher D, Gillespie MJ, Graham EM, Margossian R, McCrindle BW, Sang CJ, Williams IA, Newburger JW. Practice variability and outcomes of coil embolization of aortopulmonary collaterals before Fontan completion: a report from the Pediatric Heart Network Fontan Cross-Sectional Study. Am Heart J. 2011 Jul; 162(1):125-30. View abstract
  26. Banka P, Bacha E, Powell AJ, Benavidez OJ, Geva T. Outcomes of inferior sinus venosus defect repair. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2011 Sep; 142(3):517-22. View abstract
  27. Banka P, McElhinney DB, Bacha EA, Mayer JE, Gauvreau K, Geva T, Brown DW. What is the clinical utility of routine cardiac catheterization before a Fontan operation? Pediatr Cardiol. 2010 Oct; 31(7):977-85. View abstract
  28. Banka P, Geva T, Powell AJ, Geggel R, Lahiri T, Valente AM. Images in cardiovascular medicine. Right aortic arch with aberrant left innominate artery: a rare vascular ring. Circulation. 2009 Jul 21; 120(3):264-5. View abstract
  29. Kanda, K., Banka, P., Shaikh, A., and Boxer L.M. Multiple transcription factors interact with the murine IgH3' enhancer sequences and deregulate c-myc expression. Blood. 2000; 96(11):300a. View abstract
  30. Kanda, K., Shaikh, A., Banka, P., and Boxer L.M. An NF-kB site in the IgH3' enhancer is required for the deregulation of c-myc in Burkitt's Lymphoma. American Association for Cancer Research 91st Proceedings. 2000; 41:628. View abstract