Rahul Rathod

Rahul Rathod, MD

Cardiologist

Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

    Contact: 617-355-4890
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"One of my closest family members was born with complex congenital heart disease. So I have been there – not as a doctor, but as a family member watching her go through surgeries and procedures."

Medical Services

Specialties

  • Cardiology
  • Echocardiography
  • Fetal Echocardiography
  • Cardiovascular MRI
  • Single ventricle heart disease
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Fontan
  • heterotaxy
  • Aortic valve disease

Departments

  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Program

Languages

  • English

Programs

  • Non-Invasive Cardiac Imaging
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Rahul Rathod

One of my closest family members was born with complex congenital heart disease. She gets her cardiology care at Boston Children’s. 

So I have been there – not as a doctor, but as a family member watching her go through surgeries and procedures.  I have seen the cardiology nurses and doctors from Boston Children’s help us when we needed it most.  I understand the ups and downs that come with having a loved one go through these trials.  I remember what it is like to be on the other side.  I try to use those lessons to help make me a better doctor.

Here for the long run. When I meet a family for the first time, be it in the fetal clinic with a new diagnosis, the outpatient clinic with a new concern, or over the phone as a consult for a second opinion, I think of it as the beginning of a long relationship.  What I enjoy most about Pediatric Cardiology is the long term bonds I can build with patients and their families, measured not in months but in years.  I am there every step of the way, in the best of times and the most difficult of times. I believe it is the strength of that relationship that helps me deliver better care.

Experience and Education

Education

Undergraduate

Duke University,

Durham, NC

Medical School

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine,

Cleveland, OH

Residency

Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital,

Cleveland, OH

Cardiology Fellowship

Boston Children's Hospital,

Boston, MA

Senior Fellow in Echocardiography and Cardiac Magnetic Resonance

Boston Children's Hospital,

Boston, MA

Certifications

  • Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology

Professional History

Dr. Rathod completed his medical school at Case Western Reserve University and his pediatrics residency at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.  He also served for an additional year as Chief Resident.  He subsequently completed his cardiology fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital, including serving as Chief Fellow.  His cardiology training included a fourth year as Senior Non-Invasive Fellow.  Dr. Rathod is currently a member of the Non-Invasive Division in the Department of Cardiology at Boston Children's Hospital performing cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) and fetal, transesophageal, and transthoracic echocardiography.  As a staff cardiologist, he maintains a busy clinical practice as well.  His research interests focus primarily on the use of advanced CMR technologies in predicting outcomes of patients with complex congenital heart disease.  Much of his work is with patients with single ventricle heart disease (e.g. hypoplastic left heart syndrome) or with a Fontan circulation.  

Publications

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  1. Tang D, Del Nido PJ, Yang C, Zuo H, Huang X, Rathod RH, Gooty V, Tang A, Wu Z, Billiar KL, Geva T. Patient-Specific MRI-Based Right Ventricle Models Using Different Zero-Load Diastole and Systole Geometries for Better Cardiac Stress and Strain Calculations and Pulmonary Valve Replacement Surgical Outcome Predictions. PLoS One. 2016; 11(9):e0162986.
  2. Kim YY, Rathod RH, Gauvreau K, Keenan EM, Del Nido P, Geva T. Factors associated with severe aortic dilation in patients with Fontan palliation. Heart. 2016 Aug 12.
  3. Wong J, Lamata P, Rathod RH, Bertaud S, Dedieu N, Bellsham-Revell H, Pushparajah K, Razavi R, Hussain T, Schaeffter T, Powell AJ, Geva T, Greil GF. Right ventricular morphology and function following stage I palliation with a modified Blalock-Taussig shunt versus a right ventricle-to-pulmonary artery conduit. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2016 Jul 15.
  4. Rathod RH, Powell AJ, Geva T. Myocardial Fibrosis in Congenital Heart Disease. Circ J. 2016 May 25; 80(6):1300-7.
  5. 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.
  6. Tang D, Yang C, del Nido PJ, Zuo H, Rathod RH, Huang X, Gooty V, Tang A, Billiar KL, Wu Z, Geva T. Mechanical stress is associated with right ventricular response to pulmonary valve replacement in patients with repaired tetralogy of Fallot. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2016 Mar; 151(3):687-94.e1-3.
  7. Rathod RH. A fairy tale future for Fontans: Fact or fable? J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Nov; 150(5):1370-1.
  8. Onwubiko C, Bairdain S, Murphy AJ, McSweeney ME, Perkins J, Rathod RH, Baird C, Smithers CJ. Laparoscopic Gastrojejunostomy Tube Placement in Infants with Congenital Cardiac Disease. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2015 Dec; 25(12):1047-50.
  9. Farias M, Friedman KG, Lock JE, Newburger JW, Rathod RH. Differentiating standardized clinical assessment and management plans from clinical practice guidelines. Acad Med. 2015 Aug; 90(8):1002.
  10. 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.
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  12. Rathod RH. SCAMPs: A new tool for an old problem. J Hosp Med. 2015 Sep; 10(9):633-6.
  13. Ghelani SJ, Rathod RH. Pulmonary arteriovenous malformations: The consequences of bypassing the capillary bed. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Sep; 150(3):717-9.
  14. Farias M, Friedman KG, Lock JE, Rathod RH. Gathering and learning from relevant clinical data: a new framework. Acad Med. 2015 Feb; 90(2):143-8.
  15. Nathan AS, Loukas B, Moko L, Wu F, Rhodes J, Rathod RH, Systrom DM, Ubeda Tikkanen A, Shafer K, Lewis GD, Landzberg MJ, Opotowsky AR. Exercise oscillatory ventilation in patients with Fontan physiology. Circ Heart Fail. 2015 Mar; 8(2):304-11.
  16. Raju V, Rathod R, Quinonez LG, Baird CW. Transposition of the great arteries and sinus venosus defect with partially anomalous pulmonary venous return: physiological and anatomic considerations. Cardiol Young. 2015 Apr; 25(4):787-9.
  17. Rathod RH, Prakash A, Kim YY, Germanakis IE, Powell AJ, Gauvreau K, Geva T. Cardiac magnetic resonance parameters predict transplantation-free survival in patients with fontan circulation. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2014 May; 7(3):502-9.
  18. Farias M, Rathod RH. Standardized clinical assessment and management plans: a clinician-led approach to unwarranted practice variation. Virtual Mentor. 2014 Feb; 16(2):115-9.
  19. 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.
  20. Tang D, Yang C, Geva T, Rathod R, Yamauchi H, Gooty V, Tang A, Kural MH, Billiar KL, Gaudette G, Del Nido PJ. A Multiphysics Modeling Approach to Develop Right Ventricle Pulmonary Valve Replacement Surgical Procedures with a Contracting Band to Improve Ventricle Ejection Fraction. Comput Struct. 2013 Jun 1; 122:78-87.
  21. Farias M, Jenkins K, Lock J, Rathod R, Newburger J, Bates DW, Safran DG, Friedman K, Greenberg J. Standardized Clinical Assessment And Management Plans (SCAMPs) provide a better alternative to clinical practice guidelines. Health Aff (Millwood). 2013 May; 32(5):911-20.
  22. Verghese GR, Friedman KG, Rathod RH, Meiri A, Saleeb SF, Graham DA, Geggel RL, Fulton DR. Resource Utilization Reduction for Evaluation of Chest Pain in Pediatrics Using a Novel Standardized Clinical Assessment and Management Plan (SCAMP). J Am Heart Assoc. 2012 Apr; 1(2).
  23. Yang C, Tang D, Geva T, Rathod R, Yamauchi H, Gooty V, Tang A, Gaudette G, Billiar KL, Kural MH, del Nido PJ. Using contracting band to improve right ventricle ejection fraction for patients with repaired tetralogy of Fallot: a modeling study using patient-specific CMR-based 2-layer anisotropic models of human right and left ventricles. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2013 Jan; 145(1):285-93, 293.e1-2.
  24. Prakash A, Rathod RH, Powell AJ, McElhinney DB, Banka P, Geva T. Relation of systemic-to-pulmonary artery collateral flow in single ventricle physiology to palliative stage and clinical status. Am J Cardiol. 2012 Apr 1; 109(7):1038-45.
  25. Farias M, Ziniel S, Rathod RH, Friedman KG, Colan S, Newburger JW, Fulton DR. Provider attitudes toward Standardized Clinical Assessment and Management Plans (SCAMPs). Congenit Heart Dis. 2011 Nov-Dec; 6(6):558-65.
  26. Friedman KG, Kane DA, Rathod RH, Renaud A, Farias M, Geggel R, Fulton DR, Lock JE, Saleeb SF. Management of pediatric chest pain using a standardized assessment and management plan. Pediatrics. 2011 Aug; 128(2):239-45.
  27. Friedman KG, Rathod RH, Farias M, Graham D, Powell AJ, Fulton DR, Newburger JW, Colan SD, Jenkins KJ, Lock JE. Resource utilization after introduction of a standardized clinical assessment and management plan. Congenit Heart Dis. 2010 Jul-Aug; 5(4):374-81.
  28. Rathod RH, Farias M, Friedman KG, Graham D, Fulton DR, Newburger JW, Colan S, Jenkins K, Lock JE. A novel approach to gathering and acting on relevant clinical information: SCAMPs. Congenit Heart Dis. 2010 Jul-Aug; 5(4):343-53.
  29. Darst JR, Newburger JW, Resch S, Rathod RH, Lock JE. Deciding without data. Congenit Heart Dis. 2010 Jul-Aug; 5(4):339-42.
  30. Rathod RH, Prakash A, Powell AJ, Geva T. Myocardial fibrosis identified by cardiac magnetic resonance late gadolinium enhancement is associated with adverse ventricular mechanics and ventricular tachycardia late after Fontan operation. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2010 Apr 20; 55(16):1721-8.
  31. Robinson JD, Rathod RH, Brown DW, Del Nido PJ, Lock JE, McElhinney DB, Bacha EA, Marshall AC. The evolving role of intraoperative balloon pulmonary valvuloplasty in valve-sparing repair of tetralogy of Fallot. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2011 Dec; 142(6):1367-73.
  32. Hill AC, Brown DW, Colan SD, Gauvreau K, del Nido PJ, Lock JE, Rathod RH. Mixed aortic valve disease in the young: initial observations. Pediatr Cardiol. 2014 Aug; 35(6):934-42.
  33. Escobar-Diaz MC, Friedman K, Salem Y, Marx GR, Kalish BT, Lafranchi T, Rathod RH, Emani S, Geva T, Tworetzky W. Perinatal and infant outcomes of prenatal diagnosis of heterotaxy syndrome (asplenia and polysplenia). Am J Cardiol. 2014 Aug 15; 114(4):612-7.
  34. Ronai C, Rathod RH, Marshall AC, Oduor R, Gauvreau K, Colan SD, Brown DW. Left Ventricular Dysfunction Following Neonatal Pulmonary Valve Balloon Dilation for Pulmonary Atresia or Critical Pulmonary Stenosis. Pediatr Cardiol. 2015 Aug; 36(6):1186-93.
  35. Bentham JR, Baird CW, Porras DP, Rathod RH, Marshall AC. A reinforced right-ventricle-to-pulmonary-artery conduit for the stage-1 Norwood procedure improves pulmonary artery growth. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Jun; 149(6):1502-8.e1.
  36. Ghelani SJ, Quinonez LG, Rathod RH. Prenatal Diagnosis and Management of Berry Syndrome, a Rare Conotruncal Anatomy. Circulation. 2015 Oct 20; 132(16):1593-4.
  37. Kutty S, Rathod RH, Danford DA, Celermajer DS. Role of imaging in the evaluation of single ventricle with the Fontan palliation. Heart. 2016 Feb; 102(3):174-83.
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