Attending Physician/Associate Professor
Rady Children's Hospital/UCSD
Dr. Kanishka Ratnayaka is a board-certified pediatric cardiologist at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego and an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine.
Dr. Ratnayaka earned his medical degree at Emory University School of Medicine before completing his residency and fellowship at Children's National Medical Center. His medical education includes sub-specialty training in pediatric/congenital interventional cardiac catheterization and interventional cardiac MRI and his clinical practice focuses on congenital and structural heart interventions. He has been invited to give numerous plenary talks on interventional cardiovascular MRI for organizations including the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association and the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Research.
In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Ratnayaka worked in research collaboration with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Institutes of Health on interventional cardiovascular MRI for over a decade. He became the principal investigator for an interventional cardiovascular MRI research program, successfully performing clinical trials of radiation-free cardiac catheterization guided by real-time MRI and X-Ray fused with MRI. He has authored over 45 peer-reviewed manuscripts on key topics in his field such as X-ray fused with MRI, MRI-guided heart catheterization, MRI-guided intervention and MRI device innovation. Dr. Ratnayaka's other research work includes device development for novel applications, bioabsorbable stents for pediatric use and transcatheter electrosurgery. He holds several patents and has won many awards for his original research.
Dr. Ratnayaka is a founding member and vice president of World Children's Initiative, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization geared toward implementing innovative healthcare and education projects for children around the world. Its current focus is Project Heart: Uganda, an initiative to build a sustainable cardiac catheterization program to diagnose and treat children with heart disease at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda.
Friday, May 3
12:30 PM – 12:40 PM
Friday, May 3
12:50 PM – 1:00 PM