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Pranava Sinha, MD

Cardiac Surgeon


Pranava Sinha, MD, joined Children’s National Heart Institute at Children’s National Health System in September 2008. He joined the Children’s National Heart Institute team as a fellow in pediatric and congenital cardiac surgery in June 2007.

He received his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from Grant Medical College, University of Mumbai, India. After his cardiothoracic residency there, he further trained in the specialty at St. Thomas’s Hospital in London, UK, and at Boston Medical Center and Boston University.

He achieved numerous awards during his training, both in India as well as the UK and Boston. He obtained the gold medal in cardiothoracic surgery for first position in the National Board of Examinations in India in 2003. He achieved multiple distinctions during his medical school training in India.

In the research arena, Dr. Sinha has undertaken clinical research studies which have led both to abstract presentations as well as publications. His report to the Congenital Heart Surgeons Society in November 2009 regarding the use of cryopreserved femoral vein homografts was the first report of clinical application of the femoral vein in congenital cardiac surgery. Dr. Sinha has also participated in an ongoing laboratory research project which is examining the role of glutaraldehyde in causing calcification of cardiac bioprostheses using a subcutaneous rat model implant. Dr. Sinha is also designing a research study to examine the potential role of an axial pump as a ventricular assist device for patients with a Fontan type circulation.

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • Fellowship Program, Pediatric Cardiovascular Surg, 2008
    Children's National Medical Center
  • Fellowship Program, Thoracic Surgery, 2007
    Boston Medical Center
  • Residency Program, Cardiothoracic Surgery, 2003
    Topiwala National Medical College
  • Residency Program, General Surgery, 2000
    Grant Medical College
  • MBBS, 1997
    Bombay University
  • Internship Program, Rotation, 1997
    Grant Medical College
Patient Stories

Patient Stories: Pranava Sinha

Teresa Dejesus

Teresa's Story

Teresa, 2, was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and waited on the Berlin Heart EXCOR® Pediatric Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) for nine months while she waited for a heart transplant. Her heart arrived on Christmas Day.

Penelope and sisters

Penelope's Story

Before Penelope was even born, she had a team of Children's specialists ready with a treatment plan for her heart defect.

conjoined twins

Tyson and Tyler's Story

Before they had even entered the world, Children's National doctors had hatched a plan to safely deliver and then separate conjoined twins Tyson and Tyler.

Labor Day 2012

Whisper's Story

"I hope if anything, you find the positive in your situation and believe in your child's doctors and team at Children's National. They have been there for us through so much and we couldn't have asked for a better experience than we had during this life-changing event."

Serenity with mom

Serenity's Story

Two-year-old Serenity is a normal toddler with a not-so-normal story. She has a long scar in the middle of her chest (her “boo boo”) that represents the three open heart surgeries she had before her second birthday.

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

15th Biennial Congress of Association of Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgeons of Asia

(2001) Open Heart Surgery through Ministernotomy

48th Annual Conference of The Indian Association of Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgeons

(2002) Mitral Valve Replacement vs. Repair

49th Annual Conference of The Indian Association of Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgeons

(2003) Modified Left Atrial Maze through Ministernotomy

Aortocoronary dissection complicating angioplasty of chronically occluded right coronary arteries is a conservative approach the right approach

(2006) Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery

Comparison of Two Cardioplegia Solutions Using Thermodilution Cardiac Output in Neonates and Infants

(2008) Annals of Thoracic Surgery

Femoral vein homograft for neoaortic reconstruction in Norwood stage 1 operation

(2009) Annals of Thoracic Surgery

Mitral valve replacement in chronic renal failure

(2002) Bombay Hospital Journal

Surgical excision of metastatic malignant melanoma involving the tricuspid valve

(2006) Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

Transmitral endocavitary repair of inferior left ventricular pseudoaneurysm A simplified approach in patients requiring concomitant mitral valve surgery

(2008) The American Association for Thoracic Surgery

Unruptured aneurysm of the sinus of Valsalva into the pulmonary artery presenting with right ventricular outflow tract obstruction

(2003) The Indian Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery

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