Christina VanderPluym MD

Christina J. VanderPluym, MD

Medical Director, Ventricular Assist Device Program; Medical Director, Cardiac Antithrombosis Management and Monitoring Program (CAMP)

Instructor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

  • Contact: 617-355-6329

  • Fax: 617-734-9930

"My goal of care is to not just keep children alive, but truly let them live - let them play, let them laugh, let them love."

Medical Services

Specialties

  • Heart Transplantation
  • Heart Failure
  • Ventricular Assist Devices
  • Anticoagulation
  • Cardiology

Departments

  • Cardiology

Programs

  • Heart Transplant Program
  • Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Program
To schedule an appointment: Call 617-355-6329 or Request an Appointment
Christina VanderPluym MD

To me, medicine is neither a job or a career, it is an extension of my personal life. 

I care for each patient and their family as though they are my own. As such, I make myself available at all times because I know that problems and concerns don't just arise Monday through Friday. My goal of care is to not just keep children alive, but truly let them live - let them play, let them laugh, let them love.


Why I entered medicine


Based on direct exposure to the medical field through personal family illness, I realized how the power of healing was much more than just medications and surgeries. I entered medicine with the desire to bring comfort and hope, even when times felt hopeless, and to push the boundaries of how we approach and deliver care through innovation.

Experience and Education

Education

Medical School

University of Alberta, 2004

Edmonton, CANADA

Residency - Pediatrics

University of Alberta, Stollery Children's Hospital, 2007

Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA

Fellowship - Pediatric Cardiology

University of Alberta, Stollery Children's Hospital, 2011

Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA

Subspecialty Fellowship, Heart Transplant and Heart Failure

Boston Children's Hospital,

Boston, MA

Professional History

I have been immersed in the field of pediatric cardiology since the age of 17 years, when I first began clinical research at the University of Alberta Stollery Children’s Hospital in heart transplantation. My medical and fellowship training in Canada allowed unique insight to the field of mechanical circulatory support and anticoagulation. I completed further subspecialty training in the pediatric heart failure at Boston Children’s Hospital and became the Medical Director of the Ventricular Assist Device program and the Cardiac Antithrombosis Program in 2012.

To schedule an appointment: Call 617-355-6329 or Request an Appointment

Locations

We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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