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David Harrild | Medical Services

Specialties

Centers

Departments

David Harrild | Education

Undergraduate School

Engineering Sciences

Dartmouth College

1993, Hanover, NH

Graduate School

PhD, Biomedical Engineering

Duke University

2001, Durham, NC

Medical School

Duke University

2001, Durham, NC

Internship

Pediatrics

University of California at San Francisco

2002, San Francisco, CA

Residency

Pediatrics

University of California at San Francisco

2004, San Francisco, CA

Fellowship

Cardiology

Boston Children's Hospital

2007, Boston, MA

Fellowship

Senior Fellow, Cardiac Imaging

Boston Children's Hospital

2007, Boston, MA

David Harrild | 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.

David Harrild | Publications

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.