I strongly believe that parents must be included as key partners in the care of their children, and that the best results are obtained when all members of the family feel informed and respected.

MEDICAL SERVICES

EDUCATION

Undergraduate Degree

  • University of Alberta , 2000 , Edmonton, Alberta , Canada

Graduate Degree

MSc
  • University of Toronto , 2001 , Toronto , Canada

Medical School

  • University of Alberta , 2005 , Edmonton, Alberta , Canada

Residency

  • Stollery Children's Hospital , 2009 , Edmonton, Alberta , Canada

Fellowship

Pediatric Cardiology
  • Boston Children's Hospital , 2012 , Boston , MA

Fellowship

Interventional Cardiology
  • Boston Children's Hospital , 2013 , Boston , MA

Philosophy of Care

It is a tremendous privilege to care for children with heart disease. I continually strive to be worthy of the trust parents place in me, whether the setting is the clinic, the intensive care unit, or the catheterization laboratory. I strongly believe that parents must be included as key partners in the care of their children, and that the best results are obtained when all members of the family feel informed and respected.

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

Dr. Esch completed graduate studies in mathematics at the University of Toronto before entering medical school at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada). He completed his pediatrics residency at Stollery Children’s Hospital, where he also served as chief resident. He came to Boston Children’s Hospital (and the US) as a pediatric cardiology fellow and stayed for a senior fellowship in pediatric interventional cardiology. As staff in the interventional cardiology division, his clinical interests include invasive assessment and management of congenital heart disease and pulmonary hypertension. Dr. Esch also has interests in general outpatient cardiology (with an emphasis on immigrant and marginalized populations), and runs a weekly pediatric cardiology clinic at Boston Medical Center. His research interests include the development of new percutaneous strategies for the management of severe pulmonary hypertension, invasive assessment of right heart hemodynamics, and adverse events in pediatric congenital catheterization.

CERTIFICATIONS

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

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Hofferberth SC, Esch JJ, Zurakowski D, Baird CW, Mayer JE, Emani SM. Pulmonary atresia with ventricular septal defect and major aortopulmonary collaterals: collateral vessel disease burden and unifocalisation strategies. Cardiol Young. 2018 Sep; 28(9):1091-1098. View abstract
  2. 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
  3. Callahan R, Bergersen L, Baird CW, Porras D, Esch JJ, Lock JE, Marshall AC. Mechanism of valve failure and efficacy of reintervention through catheterization in patients with bioprosthetic valves in the pulmonary position. Ann Pediatr Cardiol. 2017 Jan-Apr; 10(1):11-17. View abstract
  4. Perak AM, Opotowsky AR, Walsh BK, Esch JJ, DiNardo JA, Kussman BD, Porras D, Rhodes J. Noninvasive Cardiac Output Estimation by Inert Gas Rebreathing in Mechanically Ventilated Pediatric Patients. J Pediatr. 2016 Oct; 177:184-190.e3. View abstract
  5. Hallbergson A, Esch JJ, Tran TX, Lock JE, Marshall AC. Systemic rapamycin to prevent in-stent stenosis in peripheral pulmonary arterial disease: early clinical experience. Cardiol Young. 2016 Oct; 26(7):1319-26. View abstract
  6. Esch JJ, Salvin JM, Thiagarajan RR, Del Nido PJ, Rajagopal SK. Acute kidney injury after Fontan completion: Risk factors and outcomes. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Jul; 150(1):190-7. View abstract
  7. Esch JJ, Porras D, Bergersen L, Jenkins KJ, Marshall AC. Systemic Embolic Complications of Pulmonary Vein Angioplasty in Children. Pediatr Cardiol. 2015 Oct; 36(7):1357-62. View abstract
  8. Esch JJ, Marshall AC, Porras D. Transcatheter brachial fistula creation for treatment of pulmonary arteriovenous malformations. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2014 Apr 01; 83(5):768-73. View abstract
  9. Porras D, Brown DW, Rathod R, Friedman K, Gauvreau K, Lock JE, Esch JJ, Bergersen L, Marshall AC. Acute outcomes after introduction of a standardized clinical assessment and management plan (SCAMP) for balloon aortic valvuloplasty in congenital aortic stenosis. Congenit Heart Dis. 2014 Jul-Aug; 9(4):316-25. View abstract
  10. Buber J, Bergersen L, Lock JE, Gauvreau K, Esch JJ, Landzberg MJ, Valente AM, Sandora TJ, Marshall AC. Bloodstream infections occurring in patients with percutaneously implanted bioprosthetic pulmonary valve: a single-center experience. Circ Cardiovasc Interv. 2013 Jun; 6(3):301-10. View abstract
  11. Esch JJ, Shah PB, Cockrill BA, Farber HW, Landzberg MJ, Mehra MR, Mullen MP, Opotowsky AR, Waxman AB, Lock JE, Marshall AC. Transcatheter Potts shunt creation in patients with severe pulmonary arterial hypertension: initial clinical experience. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2013 Apr; 32(4):381-7. View abstract
  12. Esch JJ, Triedman JK, Cecchin F, Alexander ME, Walsh EP. Radiofrequency-assisted transseptal perforation for electrophysiology procedures in children and adults with repaired congenital heart disease. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2013 May; 36(5):607-11. View abstract
  13. Esch JJ, Bergersen L, McElhinney DB, Porras D, Lock JE, Marshall AC. Wire-related pulmonary artery injury during pediatric and adult congenital interventional cardiac catheterization. Congenit Heart Dis. 2013 Jul-Aug; 8(4):296-301. View abstract
  14. Esch J, Joynt C, Manouchehri N, Lee TF, Li YQ, Bigam D, Vento M, Cheung PY. Differential hemodynamic effects of levosimendan in a porcine model of neonatal hypoxia-reoxygenation. Neonatology. 2012; 101(3):192-200. View abstract
  15. Esch JJ, Kantoch MJ. Torsades de Pointes ventricular tachycardia in a pediatric patient treated with fluconazole. Pediatr Cardiol. 2008 Jan; 29(1):210-3. View abstract