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Joshua Kanter, MD

Director, Interventional Cardiology


Joshua Kanter, M.D., is Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Children’s National Health System and assistant professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University Medical Center. He received his medical degree and pediatrics training from the State University of New York, Health Science Center at Syracuse and completed fellowship training in pediatric cardiology and interventional pediatric cardiology at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Kanter specializes in diagnostic and interventional pediatric cardiac catheterization for the treatment of congenital heart disease. He has extensive experience implanting the Melody® Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve and is an expert in the device closure of atrial septal defects, ventricular septal defects, and patent ductus arteriosus. He is an investigator in a number of national multi-center research studies to examine new devices and to track clinical outcomes.

He serves on several national committees including the American College of Cardiology, National Cardiovascular Data Registry, IMPACT™ Registry Implementation Group, and the American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session Program Committee.

Dr. Kanter is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology and is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He has published extensively on a range of topics within the field of pediatric cardiology.

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • Fellowship Program, Ped. Interventional Cardiology, 2005
    Morgan Stanley Childrens Hospital of New York Pres
  • Fellowship Program, Pediatric Cardiology, 2004
    Morgan Stanley Childrens Hospital of New York Pres
  • Residency Program, Pediatrics, 2001
    SUNY Upstate Medical Center
  • MD, 1998
    SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • BA, 1994
    Brandeis University


Research & Publications

Research & Publications

Carbon monoxide rebreathing during low flow anesthesia in infants and children

(2010) British Journal of Anaesthesia

Catheter-based Intervention for Critical Sano Shunt Obstruction

(2007) Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions Annual Scientific Sessions

Detection of carbon monoxide during routine anesthetics in infants and children

(2010) Anesthesia & Analgesia

Direction of preoperative ventricular shunting affects ventricular mechanics after Tetralogy of Fallot repair

(2008) Circulation

Load Dependence of Cardiac Output in Biventricular Pacing Right Ventricular Pressure Overload in Pigs

(2004) Journals of Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery

Optimized Biventricular Pacing in Atrioventricular Block After Cardiac Surgery

(2005) Annals of Thoracic Surgery

Optimized Perioperative Biventricular Pacing in Setting or Right Heart Failure

(2005) Europace

Pulmonary Vein Stenosis Diagnosed After Failure to Wean from Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation

(2008) Pediatric Cardiology

Recent Advances in Non-Interventional Pediatric Cardiac Catherization

(2005) Current Opinions in Cardiology

Safe and Reliable Coil Embolization of Coronary Fistulas with a Microcatheter System and Retrievable Microcoils

(2008) Pediatric Interventional Cardiology Symposium

Transcatheter Closure of a Very Large Patient Ductus Arteriosus in Pregnant Woman at 22 Weeks of Gestation

(2004) Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions

Ventricular Systolic Mechanics and Synchrony Improve with Biventricular Pacing in Critical Pulmonary Stenosis

(2004) American Heart Association Scientific Sessions

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