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Meet Dr. Diego Porras


Undergraduate Degree

  • Francisco Marroquin University , 1997 , Ciudad de Guatemala , Guatemala

Medical School

  • Francisco Marroquin University , 2001 , Ciudad de Guatemala , Guatemala


  • St. Christopher's Hospital for Children , 2003 , Philadelphia , PA


  • Vanderbilt Children's Hospital , 2005 , Nashville , TN


Cardiac Development
  • Boston Children's Hospital , 2007 , Boston , MA


Pediatric Cardiology
  • Boston Children's Hospital , 2010 , Boston , MA


Chief Fellow in Pediatric Cardiology
  • Boston Children's Hospital , 2010 , Boston , MA


Senior Fellow in Interventional Pediatric Cardiology
  • Boston Children's Hospital , 2011 , Boston , MA


Dr. Porras graduated from Universidad Francisco Marroquin Medical School in Guatemala. He then worked with Drs. Richard and Stella Van Praagh as a fellow in the cardiac registry at Boston Children’s Hospital for one year, before completing his residency in pediatrics at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. After residency, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in cardiac development, also at Vanderbilt University. He then completed his pediatric cardiology fellowship and senior fellowship in interventional cardiology at Boston Children’s, where he also served as chief fellow. As chief of the Division of Invasive Cardiology, his primary interests include interventional procedures in patients of all ages with congenital heart disease. He has a special interest in the percutaneous treatment of congenital aortic stenosis, the use of stents to palliate different forms of repaired and unrepaired complex congenital heart disease, and the use of percutaneous techniques to aid in the management of patients with middle-aortic syndrome. In addition to his role in the cardiac catheterization lab, he also serves as ward and consult service attending for several weeks each year.


  • American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology


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  1. Moynihan KM, Ge S, Sleeper LA, Lu M, Andren KG, Mecklosky J, Rahbar R, Fynn-Thompson F, Porras D, Arnold J, Kelly DP, Agus MSD, Thiagarajan RR, Alexander PMA. Life-Threatening Hemoptysis in a Pediatric Referral Center. Crit Care Med. 2021 Jan 07; Publish Ahead of Print. View abstract
  2. Kim SS, Stein DR, Ferguson MA, Porras D, Chaudry G, Singh MN, Smoot L, Kim HB, Vakili K. Surgical management of pediatric renovascular hypertension and midaortic syndrome at a single center multidisciplinary program. J Vasc Surg. 2020 Dec 16. View abstract
  3. Shahanavaz S, Zahn EM, Levi DS, Aboulhousn JA, Hascoet S, Qureshi AM, Porras D, Morgan GJ, Bauser Heaton H, Martin MH, Keeshan B, Asnes JD, Kenny D, Ringewald JM, Zablah JE, Ivy M, Morray BH, Torres AJ, Berman DP, Gillespie MJ, Chaszczewski K, Zampi JD, Walsh KP, Julien P, Goldstein BH, Sathanandam SK, Karsenty C, Balzer DT, McElhinney DB. Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve Replacement With the Sapien Prosthesis. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2020 Dec 15; 76(24):2847-2858. View abstract
  4. Hamrick SEG, Sallmon H, Rose AT, Porras D, Shelton EL, Reese J, Hansmann G. Patent Ductus Arteriosus of the Preterm Infant. Pediatrics. 2020 11; 146(5). View abstract
  5. Nation C, Porras D. Taking snapshots of a quantum thermalization process: Emergent classicality in quantum jump trajectories. Phys Rev E. 2020 Oct; 102(4-1):042115. View abstract
  6. Callahan R, Jenkins KJ, Gauthier Z, Gauvreau K, Porras D. Preliminary findings on the use of intravascular ultrasound in the assessment of pediatric pulmonary vein stenosis. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2020 Sep 16. View abstract
  7. Mah DY, O'Leary ET, Harrild DM, Porras D, Gurvitz M, Marx G, Rathod RH, Fynn-Thompson F. Resynchronizing Right and Left Ventricles With Right Bundle Branch Block in the Congenital Heart Disease Population. JACC Clin Electrophysiol. 2020 Dec; 6(14):1762-1772. View abstract
  8. Maschietto N, Sperotto F, Esch JE, Porras D, Callahan R. The snared wire technique for Sapien valve implantation in the pulmonary position. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2020 Oct 01; 96(4):898-903. View abstract
  9. Pickard SS, Wong JB, Bucholz EM, Newburger JW, Tworetzky W, Lafranchi T, Benson CB, Wilkins-Haug LE, Porras D, Callahan R, Friedman KG. Fetal Aortic Valvuloplasty for Evolving Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome: A Decision Analysis. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2020 04; 13(4):e006127. View abstract
  10. Goldstein BH, Bergersen L, Armstrong AK, Boe BA, El-Said H, Porras D, Shahanavaz S, Leahy RA, Kreutzer J, Zampi JD, Hainstock MR, Gudausky TM, Nicholson GT, Gauvreau K, Goodman A, Petit CJ. Adverse Events, Radiation Exposure, and Reinterventions Following Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve Replacement. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2020 02 04; 75(4):363-376. View abstract
  11. Kiefer P, Hakelberg F, Wittemer M, Bermúdez A, Porras D, Warring U, Schaetz T. Floquet-Engineered Vibrational Dynamics in a Two-Dimensional Array of Trapped Ions. Phys Rev Lett. 2019 Nov 22; 123(21):213605. View abstract
  12. Maschietto N, Baird C, Porras D. Percutaneous intraluminal downsizing of systemic-to-pulmonary artery shunts: a novel application of the Diabolo stent technique-Case series and description of the technique. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2020 02 15; 95(3):471-476. View abstract
  13. Goldsmith MP, Allan CK, Callahan R, Kaza AK, Mah DY, Salvin JW, Gauvreau K, Porras D. Acute coronary artery obstruction following surgical repair of congenital heart disease. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2020 05; 159(5):1957-1965.e1. View abstract
  14. Zampi JD, Alghanem F, Yu S, Callahan R, Curzon CL, Delaney JW, Gray RG, Herbert CE, Leahy RA, Lowery R, Pasquali SK, Patel PM, Porras D, Shahanavaz S, Thiagarajan RR, Trucco SM, Turner ME, Veeram Reddy SR, West SC, Whiteside W, Goldstein BH. Relationship Between Time to Left Atrial Decompression and Outcomes in Patients Receiving Venoarterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Support: A Multicenter Pediatric Interventional Cardiology Early-Career Society Study. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2019 08; 20(8):728-736. View abstract
  15. Harrington JK, Porras D, Maschietto N, Marx GR. Three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography-guided transcatheter closure of multiple mitral paravalvular leaks demonstrating real time avoidance of device-induced valve malfunction. Echocardiography. 2019 07; 36(7):1418-1420. View abstract
  16. Nation C, Porras D. Quantum chaotic fluctuation-dissipation theorem: Effective Brownian motion in closed quantum systems. Phys Rev E. 2019 May; 99(5-1):052139. View abstract
  17. Porras D, Fernández-Lorenzo S. Topological Amplification in Photonic Lattices. Phys Rev Lett. 2019 Apr 12; 122(14):143901. View abstract
  18. Zaleski KL, Scholl RL, Thiagarajan RR, Porras D, Mah D, DiNardo JA, Nasr VG. Elective Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Support for High-Risk Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2019 Jul; 33(7):1932-1938. View abstract
  19. Gellis L, Gauvreau K, Ferguson M, Bergersen L, Shafer K, Porras D. Contrast volume to estimated glomerular filtration rate ratio for prediction of contrast-induced acute kidney injury after cardiac catheterization in adults with congenital heart disease. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2018 12 01; 92(7):1301-1308. View abstract
  20. Mah DY, Prakash A, Porras D, Fynn-Thompson F, DeWitt ES, Banka P. Coronary artery compression from epicardial leads: More common than we think. Heart Rhythm. 2018 10; 15(10):1439-1447. View abstract
  21. 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. 2018 06; 267(6):e109-e111. View abstract
  22. 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 04; 71(4):691-699. View abstract
  23. 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 06; 67(6):1664-1672. View abstract
  24. 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. View abstract
  25. 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 09 11; 10(17):1717-1726. View abstract
  26. 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. View abstract
  27. 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. View abstract
  28. 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. View abstract
  29. 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. View abstract
  30. 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. View abstract
  31. 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 10; 177:184-190.e3. View abstract
  32. 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 08; 152(2):471-479.e3. View abstract
  33. 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. View abstract
  34. 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. View abstract
  35. 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. View abstract
  36. 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. View abstract
  37. 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. View abstract
  38. 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. View abstract
  39. 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. View abstract
  40. 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. View abstract
  41. 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. View abstract
  42. 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. View abstract
  43. 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. View abstract
  44. 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. View abstract
  45. 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. View abstract
  46. 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. View abstract
  47. 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. View abstract
  48. 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. View abstract
  49. 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. View abstract
  50. 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. View abstract
  51. 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. View abstract
  52. 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. View abstract
  53. 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. View abstract
  54. 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. View abstract
  55. 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. View abstract
  56. 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. View abstract
  57. 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. View abstract
  58. 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. View abstract
  59. Schneider Ch, Porras D, Schaetz T. Experimental quantum simulations of many-body physics with trapped ions. Rep Prog Phys. 2012 Feb; 75(2):024401. View abstract
  60. Bermudez A, Schaetz T, Porras D. Synthetic gauge fields for vibrational excitations of trapped ions. Phys Rev Lett. 2011 Oct 07; 107(15):150501. View abstract
  61. 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. View abstract
  62. 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. View abstract
  63. 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. View abstract
  64. 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. View abstract
  65. 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. View abstract
  66. Porras D, Cirac JI. Quantum manipulation of trapped ions in two dimensional coulomb crystals. Phys Rev Lett. 2006 Jun 30; 96(25):250501. View abstract
  67. 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. View abstract
  68. 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. View abstract
  69. Porras D, Cirac JI. Effective quantum spin systems with trapped ions. Phys Rev Lett. 2004 May 21; 92(20):207901. View abstract
  70. 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. View abstract
  71. 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. View abstract