Diego Porras

Diego Porras, MD, FAAP

Chief, Division of Invasive Cardiology; Co-Director, Midaortic Syndrome and Renovascular Hypertension Center

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

    Contact: 617-355-6529
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Medical Services


  • Interventional Catheterization
  • Cardiology
  • Midaortic Syndrome


  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Program


  • Spanish


  • Cardiac Catheterization Labs
  • Boston Adult Congenital Heart Service
  • Midaortic Syndrome And Renovascular Hypertension Program
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Experience and Education


Undergraduate School

Francisco Marroquin University, 1997

Medical School

Francisco Marroquin University, 2001

Internship, Pediatrics

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, 2002-2003

Philadelphia, Pa

Residency, Pediatrics

Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, 2003 - 2005

Nashville, TN

Fellowship, Cardiac Development

Boston Children's Hospital, 2005 - 2007

Boston, Ma

Fellowship, Pediatric Cardiology

Boston Children's Hospital, 2007 - 2010

Boston, Ma

Fellowship, Chief Fellow in Pediatric Cardiology

Boston Children's Hospital, 2009 - 2010

Boston, Ma

Fellowship, Senior Fellow in Interventional Pediatric Cardiology

Boston Children's Hospital, 2010 - 2011

Boston, Ma


  • American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology


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  1. Warejko JK, Schueler M, Vivante A, Tan W, Daga A, Lawson JA, Braun DA, Shril S, Amann K, Somers MJG, Rodig NM, Baum MA, Daouk G, Traum AZ, Kim HB, Vakili K, Porras D, Lock J, Rivkin MJ, Chaudry G, Smoot LB, Singh MN, Smith ER, Mane SM, Lifton RP, Stein DR, Ferguson MA, Hildebrandt F. Whole Exome Sequencing Reveals a Monogenic Cause of Disease in ˜43% of 35 Families With Midaortic Syndrome. Hypertension. 2018 Apr; 71(4):691-699.
  2. Kim HB, Vakili K, Ramos-Gonzalez GJ, Stein DR, Ferguson MA, Porras D, Lock JE, Chaudry G, Alomari A, Fishman SJ. Tissue expander-stimulated lengthening of arteries for the treatment of midaortic syndrome in children. J Vasc Surg. 2018 Jan 17.
  3. Kim HB, Lee EJ, Vakili K, Stein DR, Ferguson MA, Porras D, Lock JE, Fynn-Thompson F, Fishman SJ. Mesenteric Artery Growth Improves Circulation (MAGIC) in Midaortic Syndrome. Ann Surg. 2017 Nov 29.
  4. Nevado P, Fernández-Lorenzo S, Porras D. Topological Edge States in Periodically Driven Trapped-Ion Chains. Phys Rev Lett. 2017 Nov 24; 119(21):210401.
  5. Boe BA, Zampi JD, Kennedy KF, Jayaram N, Porras D, Foerster SR, Armstrong AK. Acute Success of Balloon Aortic Valvuloplasty in the Current Era: A National Cardiovascular Data Registry Study. JACC Cardiovasc Interv. 2017 Sep 11; 10(17):1717-1726.
  6. Porras D, Mitsouras D, Steigner M, Giannopoulos AA, Kelil T, Marshall AC, Menard MT. Transcatheter Mustard Revision Using Endovascular Graft Prostheses. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Jun; 103(6):e509-e512.
  7. Tannous P, Ghelani SJ, Marshall AC, Porras D. Angiographically detectable Thebesian veins are a dynamic and reversible finding in the setting of congenital heart disease. Congenit Heart Dis. 2017 Jul; 12(4):467-474.
  8. 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.
  9. Alexander P, Fynn-Thompson F, Buchmiller T, Porras D, Marshall A, Thiagarajan R, Arnold J. 1629: LIQUID FLUOROCARBON LAVAGE FOR AIRWAY THROMBUS AFTER SEVERE HEMOPTYSIS REQUIRING ECMO. Crit Care Med. 2016 Dec; 44(12 Suppl 1):482.
  10. Clos G, Porras D, Warring U, Schaetz T. Time-Resolved Observation of Thermalization in an Isolated Quantum System. Phys Rev Lett. 2016 Oct 21; 117(17):170401.
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  12. 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.
  13. Plummer ST, Hornik CP, Baker H, Fleming GA, Foerster S, Ferguson ME, Glatz AC, Hirsch R, Jacobs JP, Lee KJ, Lewis AB, Li JS, Martin M, Porras D, Radtke WA, Rhodes JF, Vincent JA, Zampi JD, Hill KD. Maladaptive aortic properties after the Norwood procedure: An angiographic analysis of the Pediatric Heart Network Single Ventricle Reconstruction Trial. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2016 Aug; 152(2):471-479.e3.
  14. Morray BH, McElhinney DB, Marshall AC, Porras D. Intentional Fracture of Maximally Dilated Balloon-Expandable Pulmonary Artery Stents Using Ultra-High-Pressure Balloon Angioplasty: A Preliminary Analysis. Circ Cardiovasc Interv. 2016 Apr; 9(4):e003281.
  15. Marma AK, Opotowsky AR, Fromm BS, Ubeda-Tikkanen A, Porras D, Rhodes J. Noninvasive cardiac output estimation by inert gas rebreathing in pediatric and congenital heart disease. Am Heart J. 2016 Apr; 174:80-8.
  16. Porras D, Gurvitz M, Marshall AC, Emani SM. Hybrid Approach for Off-Pump Pulmonary Valve Replacement in Patients With a Dilated Right Ventricular Outflow Tract. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Nov; 100(5):e99-101.
  17. Goldstein BH, Holzer RJ, Trucco SM, Porras D, Murphy J, Foerster SR, El-Said HG, Beekman RH, Bergersen L. Practice Variation in Single-Ventricle Patients Undergoing Elective Cardiac Catheterization: A Report from the Congenital Cardiac Catheterization Project on Outcomes (C3PO). Congenit Heart Dis. 2016 Mar-Apr; 11(2):122-35.
  18. Torres A, Vincent JA, Everett A, Lim S, Foerster SR, Marshall AC, Beekman RH, Murphy J, Trucco SM, Gauvreau K, Holzer R, Bergersen L, Porras D. Balloon valvuloplasty for congenital aortic stenosis: Multi-center safety and efficacy outcome assessment. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2015 Nov; 86(5):808-20.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Navarrete-Benlloch C, García-Ripoll JJ, Porras D. Inducing nonclassical lasing via periodic drivings in circuit quantum electrodynamics. Phys Rev Lett. 2014 Nov 07; 113(19):193601.
  22. El-Said H, Hegde S, Foerster S, Hellenbrand W, Kreutzer J, Trucco SM, Holzer R, Burch G, Mirani A, Nicolas R, Porras D, Bergersen L, Moore J. Device therapy for atrial septal defects in a multicenter cohort: acute outcomes and adverse events. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2015 Feb 01; 85(2):227-33.
  23. Meadows JJ, Moore PM, Berman DP, Cheatham JP, Cheatham SL, Porras D, Gillespie MJ, Rome JJ, Zahn EM, McElhinney DB. Use and performance of the Melody Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve in native and postsurgical, nonconduit right ventricular outflow tracts. Circ Cardiovasc Interv. 2014 Jun; 7(3):374-80.
  24. Chaudhry-Waterman N, Coombs S, Porras D, Holzer R, Bergersen L. Developing tools to measure quality in congenital catheterization and interventions: the congenital cardiac catheterization project on outcomes (C3PO). Methodist Debakey Cardiovasc J. 2014 Apr-Jun; 10(2):63-7.
  25. Mah DY, Porras D, Bergersen L, Marshall AC, Walsh EP, Triedman JK. Incidence of and risk factors for catheterization-induced complete heart block in the pediatric cardiac catheterization laboratory. Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol. 2014 Feb; 7(1):127-33.
  26. 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.
  27. Peropadre B, Zueco D, Porras D, García-Ripoll JJ. Nonequilibrium and nonperturbative dynamics of ultrastrong coupling in open lines. Phys Rev Lett. 2013 Dec 13; 111(24):243602.
  28. El-Said HG, Bratincsak A, Foerster SR, Murphy JJ, Vincent J, Holzer R, Porras D, Moore J, Bergersen L. Safety of percutaneous patent ductus arteriosus closure: an unselected multicenter population experience. J Am Heart Assoc. 2013 Nov 27; 2(6):e000424.
  29. 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.
  30. Quijandría F, Porras D, García-Ripoll JJ, Zueco D. Circuit QED bright source for chiral entangled light based on dissipation. Phys Rev Lett. 2013 Aug 16; 111(7):073602.
  31. Lin CH, Hegde S, Marshall AC, Porras D, Gauvreau K, Balzer DT, Beekman RH, Torres A, Vincent JA, Moore JW, Holzer R, Armsby L, Bergersen L. Incidence and management of life-threatening adverse events during cardiac catheterization for congenital heart disease. Pediatr Cardiol. 2014 Jan; 35(1):140-8.
  32. Porras D, Stein DR, Ferguson MA, Chaudry G, Alomari A, Vakili K, Fishman SJ, Lock JE, Kim HB. Midaortic syndrome: 30 years of experience with medical, endovascular and surgical management. Pediatr Nephrol. 2013 Oct; 28(10):2023-33.
  33. Prakash A, Satiroglu E, Porras D, McElhinney DB, Keane JF, Lock JE, Geva T, King W, Powell AJ. Risk factors for profuse systemic-to-pulmonary artery collateral burden in hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Am J Cardiol. 2013 Aug 01; 112(3):400-4.
  34. González-Tudela A, Porras D. Mesoscopic entanglement induced by spontaneous emission in solid-state quantum optics. Phys Rev Lett. 2013 Feb 22; 110(8):080502.
  35. 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.
  36. Porras D, McElhinney DB, Del Nido P, Lock JE, Meadows J, Marshall AC. Clinical and stent-related outcomes after transcatheter or operative placement of bare-metal stents in the ventricular septum or subvalvar systemic outflow tract. Circ Cardiovasc Interv. 2012 Aug 01; 5(4):570-81.
  37. Friedman KG, McElhinney DB, Colan SD, Porras D, Powell AJ, Lock JE, Brown DW. Left ventricular remodeling and improvement in diastolic function after balloon aortic valvuloplasty for congenital aortic stenosis. Circ Cardiovasc Interv. 2012 Aug 01; 5(4):549-54.
  38. Porras D, Ivanov PA, Schmidt-Kaler F. Quantum simulation of the cooperative Jahn-Teller transition in 1D ion crystals. Phys Rev Lett. 2012 Jun 08; 108(23):235701.
  39. Porras D, García-Ripoll JJ. Shaping an itinerant quantum field into a multimode squeezed vacuum by dissipation. Phys Rev Lett. 2012 Jan 27; 108(4):043602.
  40. Schneider Ch, Porras D, Schaetz T. Experimental quantum simulations of many-body physics with trapped ions. Rep Prog Phys. 2012 Feb; 75(2):024401.
  41. Bermudez A, Schaetz T, Porras D. Synthetic gauge fields for vibrational excitations of trapped ions. Phys Rev Lett. 2011 Oct 07; 107(15):150501.
  42. Porras D, Brown DW, Marshall AC, Del Nido P, Bacha EA, McElhinney DB. Factors associated with subsequent arch reintervention after initial balloon aortoplasty in patients with Norwood procedure and arch obstruction. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2011 Aug 16; 58(8):868-76.
  43. 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.
  44. de Vega I, Porras D, Cirac JI. Matter-wave emission in optical lattices: single particle and collective effects. Phys Rev Lett. 2008 Dec 31; 101(26):260404.
  45. Muschik CA, de Vega I, Porras D, Cirac JI. Quantum processing photonic states in optical lattices. Phys Rev Lett. 2008 Feb 15; 100(6):063601.
  46. Porras D, Brown CB. Temporal-spatial ablation of neural crest in the mouse results in cardiovascular defects. Dev Dyn. 2008 Jan; 237(1):153-62.
  47. Porras D, Cirac JI. Quantum manipulation of trapped ions in two dimensional coulomb crystals. Phys Rev Lett. 2006 Jun 30; 96(25):250501.
  48. Porras D, Cirac JI. Bose-Einstein condensation and strong-correlation behavior of phonons in ion traps. Phys Rev Lett. 2004 Dec 31; 93(26 Pt 1):263602.
  49. Verstraete F, Porras D, Cirac JI. Density matrix renormalization group and periodic boundary conditions: a quantum information perspective. Phys Rev Lett. 2004 Nov 26; 93(22):227205.
  50. Porras D, Cirac JI. Effective quantum spin systems with trapped ions. Phys Rev Lett. 2004 May 21; 92(20):207901.
  51. Van Praagh S, Porras D, Oppido G, Geva T, Van Praagh R. Cleft mitral valve without ostium primum defect: anatomic data and surgical considerations based on 41 cases. Ann Thorac Surg. 2003 Jun; 75(6):1752-62.
  52. Porras D, Kratz C, Loukas M, van Doesburg NH, Davignon A, Van Praagh R. Superoinferior ventricles with superior left ventricle and inferior right ventricle: a newly recognized form of congenital heart disease. Pediatr Cardiol. 2003 Nov-Dec; 24(6):604-7.
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