David Harrild

David Harrild, MD, PhD

Cardiologist

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

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"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

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.

Publications

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  1. Ghelani SJ, Harrild DM, Gauvreau K, Geva T, Rathod RH. Echocardiography and magnetic resonance imaging based strain analysis of functional single ventricles: a study of intra- and inter-modality reproducibility. Int J Cardiovasc Imaging. 2016 Jul; 32(7):1113-20.
  2. Ghelani SJ, Harrild DM, Gauvreau K, Geva T, Rathod RH. Comparison Between Echocardiography and Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Predicting Transplant-Free Survival After the Fontan Operation. Am J Cardiol. 2015 Oct 1; 116(7):1132-8.
  3. Moon TJ, Choueiter N, Geva T, Valente AM, Gauvreau K, Harrild DM. Relation of biventricular strain and dyssynchrony in repaired tetralogy of fallot measured by cardiac magnetic resonance to death and sustained ventricular tachycardia. Am J Cardiol. 2015 Mar 1; 115(5):676-80.
  4. Harrild DM, Marcus E, Hasan B, Alexander ME, Powell AJ, Geva T, McElhinney DB. Impact of transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement on biventricular strain and synchrony assessed by cardiac magnetic resonance feature tracking. Circ Cardiovasc Interv. 2013 Dec; 6(6):680-7.
  5. Ishii T, McElhinney DB, Harrild DM, Marcus EN, Sahn DJ, Truong U, Tworetzky W. Ventricular strain in fetuses with aortic stenosis and evolving hypoplastic left heart syndrome before and after prenatal aortic valvuloplasty. Fetal Diagn Ther. 2014; 35(1):18-26.
  6. Ishii T, Tworetzky W, Harrild DM, Marcus EN, McElhinney DB. Left ventricular function and geometry in fetuses with severe tricuspid regurgitation. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Jul; 40(1):55-61.
  7. Harrild DM, Han Y, Geva T, Zhou J, Marcus E, Powell AJ. Comparison of cardiac MRI tissue tracking and myocardial tagging for assessment of regional ventricular strain. Int J Cardiovasc Imaging. 2012 Dec; 28(8):2009-18.
  8. Ishii T, McElhinney DB, Harrild DM, Marcus EN, Sahn DJ, Truong U, Tworetzky W. Circumferential and longitudinal ventricular strain in the normal human fetus. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2012 Jan; 25(1):105-11.
  9. Friedman KG, Margossian R, Graham DA, Harrild DM, Emani SM, Wilkins-Haug LE, McElhinney DB, Tworetzky W. Postnatal left ventricular diastolic function after fetal aortic valvuloplasty. Am J Cardiol. 2011 Aug 15; 108(4):556-60.
  10. Kipps AK, Graham DA, Harrild DM, Lewis E, Powell AJ, Rhodes J. Longitudinal exercise capacity of patients with repaired tetralogy of fallot. Am J Cardiol. 2011 Jul 1; 108(1):99-105.
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  12. Ortega M, Triedman JK, Geva T, Harrild DM. Relation of left ventricular dyssynchrony measured by cardiac magnetic resonance tissue tracking in repaired tetralogy of fallot to ventricular tachycardia and death. Am J Cardiol. 2011 May 15; 107(10):1535-40.
  13. Bautista-Hernandez V, Hasan BS, Harrild DM, Prakash A, Porras D, Mayer JE, del Nido PJ, Pigula FA. Late pulmonary valve replacement in patients with pulmonary atresia and intact ventricular septum: a case-matched study. Ann Thorac Surg. 2011 Feb; 91(2):555-60.
  14. Harrild DM, Powell AJ, Tran TX, Trang TX, Geva T, Lock JE, Rhodes J, McElhinney DB. Long-term pulmonary regurgitation following balloon valvuloplasty for pulmonary stenosis risk factors and relationship to exercise capacity and ventricular volume and function. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2010 Mar 9; 55(10):1041-7.
  15. Harrild DM, Berul CI, Cecchin F, Geva T, Gauvreau K, Pigula F, Walsh EP. Pulmonary valve replacement in tetralogy of Fallot: impact on survival and ventricular tachycardia. Circulation. 2009 Jan 27; 119(3):445-51.
  16. Harrild D, Henriquez C. A computer model of normal conduction in the human atria. Circ Res. 2000 Sep 29; 87(7):E25-36.
  17. Harrild DM, Penland RC, Henriquez CS. A flexible method for simulating cardiac conduction in three-dimensional complex geometries. J Electrocardiol. 2000 Jul; 33(3):241-51.
  18. Harrild DM, Henriquez CS. A finite volume model of cardiac propagation. Ann Biomed Eng. 1997 Mar-Apr; 25(2):315-34.
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