David Harrild

David Harrild, MD, PhD

Cardiologist

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

  • Contact: 617-355-7366

  • Fax: 617-739-6282

"I strive to treat each patient with the high degree of respect and compassion that I feel that everyone who comes through the doors of Boston Children’s Hospital deserves."

Medical Services

Specialties

  • Echocardiography
  • General Pediatrics
  • Cardiology

Departments

  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Program

Languages

  • English

Programs

  • Fetal Cardiology Program
  • Non-Invasive Cardiac Imaging
  • Preventive Cardiology Clinic
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David Harrild

For me, being a pediatric cardiologist is a dream job. 

I realized during my time in college that this field perfectly combined my interest in Engineering (after all, the human heart works basically as a battery and a pump) with my affinity for the intensely personal relationships formed between a physician and his patient.  I try to bring my awareness of the importance of this combination to bear in my daily interactions with my patients, by recognizing that the style with which I communicate with them is just as important as the rigor of the science that I bring to bear in diagnosing and treating their (or their children’s) heart problems. Moreover, I strive to treat each patient with the high degree of respect and compassion that I feel that everyone who comes through the doors of Boston Children’s Hospital deserves.

Experience and Education

Education

Graduate School, Engineering Sciences

Dartmouth College , 1993

Hanover, NH

Medical School

Duke University, 2001

Durham, NC

Internship, Pediatrics

University of California at San Francisco, 2001-2002

San Francisco, CA

Residency, Pediatrics

University of California at San Francisco, 2002-2004

San Francisco, CA

Fellowship, Cardiology

Boston Children's Hospital, 2004-2007

Boston, MA

Senior Fellow, Cardiac Imaging

Boston Children's Hospital, 2004-2007

Boston, MA

Certifications

  • Pediatrics

  • Pediatric Cardiology

Professional History

In my work at Boston Children’s Hospital, I feel that I have come full circle.  I was born and grew up in Massachusetts, not far from Boston. After moving to New Hampshire to attend Dartmouth College, I embraced the field of Engineering, but also became intrigued by the Biological Sciences. It was then natural for me to enroll in a PhD program in Biomedical Engineering at my next destination, Duke University. My fascination with Biology continued, leading me towards the MD program at Duke. After finishing my MD/PhD there, I moved on to San Francisco for my pediatric residency at the University of California.  After 3 wonderful years, I applied to the Fellowship program in Pediatric Cardiology at the best program in the country, Boston Children’s Hospital.  Thrilled to have been given a spot, I spent 3 years here for my traditional fellowship then another year pursuing advanced training in Pediatric and Fetal Imaging.  Offered the opportunity to stay on as faculty, I jumped at the chance.  Since that time, I have continued to develop a strong clinical interest in fetal and pediatric cardiology, with a particular focus in imaging.  My research interests surround the development of novel ultrasound-based methods to characterize cardiac structure and function within pediatric cardiology.

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