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Russel Hirsch, MD

  • Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Service
  • Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
  • Board Certified


MBChB: University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa.

Residency: St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Fellowship: St. Louis Children's Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO.

Certification: Pediatrics, 1994, 2002 (renew); Pediatric Cardiology, 1998, 2005.


Percutaneous interventions for the palliation or treatment of congenital heart disease; treatment of all forms of pediatric pulmonary hypertension; interventional catheterization; pulmonary hypertension; General Cardiology Outpatient Clinic

Services and Specialties

Heart, Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia, Pulmonary Hypertension, Catheterization and Intervention, Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia BPD, Rare Lung Diseases


Device closure of congenital heart defects; feasibility of covered stent use in coarctation of the aorta; pulmonary vascular complications associated with congenital diaphragmatic hernia and chronic lung disease; cardiac manifestations of post bone-marrow transplant thrombotic microangiopathy; non-invasive evaluation of pulmonary hypertension in pediatric age patients; validation of new methods for assessing oxygen consumption in the cardiac catheterization laboratory

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Is the practice of using oversized organs for recipients with elevated pulmonary vascular resistance justified?. Thangappan, K; Zafar, F; Ahmed, HF; Greenberg, JW; Ashfaq, A; Hirsch, R; Chin, C; Lehenbauer, D; O'Donnell, A; Morales, DL S. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2023; 166:1766-1779.

Management of Pediatric Pulmonary Vein Stenosis. Callahan, R; Morray, BH; Hirsch, R; Petit, CJ. Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions. 2022; 1:100391.

Mining the Plasma Proteome for Insights into the Molecular Pathology of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. Harbaum, L; Rhodes, CJ; Wharton, J; Lawrie, A; Karnes, JH; Desai, AA; Nichols, WC; Humbert, M; Montani, D; Girerd, B; et al. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2022; 205:1449-1460.

Bronchopulmonary dysplasia from chest radiographs to magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography: adding value. Higano, NS; Bates, AJ; Gunatilaka, CC; Hysinger, EB; Critser, PJ; Hirsch, R; Woods, JC; Fleck, RJ. Pediatric Radiology: roentgenology, nuclear medicine, ultrasonics, CT, MRI. 2022; 52:643-660.

Endocarditis in Bovine Vein Grafts in the Pulmonary Position Placed Surgically & Percutaneously. Ahmed, HF; Thangappan, K; Haney, LC; Zafar, F; Lehenbauer, DG; Tweddell, JS; Hirsch, R; Elminshawy, A; Morales, DL S. World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Hearth Surgery. 2022; 13:155-165.

Echocardiography-derived septal curvature correlated with invasive hemodynamics in pediatric pulmonary hypertension. Critser, PJ; Evers, PD; Schneider, K; Hirsch, R; Taylor, MD; Woods, JC; Lang, SM. Journal of Echocardiography. 2022; 20:24-32.

LONG-TERM EXERCISE OUTCOMES IN A CONTEMPORARY COHORT OF CHILDREN WITH CONGENITAL DIAPHRAGMATIC HERNIA AND PULMONARY HYPERTENSION. Miles, K; Powell, AW; Critser, P; Oneil, M; Geers, E; Cash, M; Mays, W; Magness, SM; Hirsch, R. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2022; 79:1667.

Transcatheter pulmonary valve-in-valve implantation within the expandable Inspiris Resilia® bioprosthetic valve. Batlivala, SP; Hagel, JA; Hirsch, R; Shahanavaz, S. Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions. 2022; 99:1157-1160.

Biomarkers of Pulmonary Hypertension Are Altered in Children with Down Syndrome and Pulmonary Hypertension. Griffiths, M; Yang, J; Vaidya, D; Nies, M; Brandal, S; Ivy, DD; Hickey, F; Wolter-Warmerdam, K; Austin, ED; Mullen, M; et al. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2022; 241:68-76.e3.

Building a dedicated pediatric pulmonary hypertension program: A consensus statement from the pediatric pulmonary hypertension network. Handler, SS; Varghese, NP; Rosenzweig, EB; Yung, D; Krishnan, U; Whalen, E; Bates, A; Avitabile, CM; Jackson, EO; Hirsch, R; et al. Pulmonary Circulation. 2022; 12:e12031.

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