Puja Banka

Puja Banka, MD

Assistant in Cardiology, Advanced Cardiac Imaging

Assistant Professor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

    Contact: 617-355-7366
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"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."

Medical Services

Specialties

  • Echocardiography
  • Cardiology
  • Non-invasive Cardiac Imaging
  • Cardiovascular MRI

Departments

  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Program

Languages

  • English
  • Hindi

Programs

  • Non-Invasive Cardiac Imaging
  • Complex Biventricular Repair Program
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Puja Banka

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.

Experience and Education

Education

Undergraduate Degree

Stanford University, 1998

Stanford, CA

Medical School

Stanford University, 2002

Stanford, CA

Internship

Boston Children's Hospital, 2002-2003

Boston, MA

Residency

Boston Children's Hospital, 2005

Boston, MA

Fellowship, Pediatric Cardiology

Boston Children's Hospital, 2008

Boston, MA

Senior Fellowship, Non-Invasive Cardiac Imaging

Boston Children's Hospital, 2009

Boston, MA

Certifications

  • Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology

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.

Publications

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  1. Banka P, Geva T. Advances in pediatric cardiac MRI. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2016 Oct; 28(5):575-83.
  2. 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; 17:96.
  3. 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.
  4. 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; 16:73.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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):1406-12.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
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  12. 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 1; 109(7):1038-45.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  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.
  20. 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 1; 116(7):1139-43.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
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