Howaida El-Said, M.D., Ph.D.


3020 Children's Way
MC 5004
San Diego, CA 92123




Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA

Rady Children's Specialists

Other Languages


Medical School

Cairo University Egypt


Baylor College of Medicine


Baylor College of Medicine

Board Certifications

Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatrics




Dr. Howaida El-Said is the director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego and a clinical professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego. She is one of only two ABIM-certified adult congenital heart disease specialists in San Diego, Imperial and Riverside counties.

Dr. El-Said completed her pediatrics residency, pediatric cardiology fellowship, imaging fellowship and interventional pediatric cardiology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She trained under the founder and father of interventional pediatric cardiology, Dr. Charles Mullins, which gave her vast exposure to the most complex adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) cases.

After completing her medical training in 2000, Dr. El-Said became an associate pediatric cardiologist at Baylor before coming to San Diego. She performs close to half of the diagnostic and interventional procedures at the Rady Children's cardiac catheterization laboratory. Thirty percent of her cardiac catheterization procedures are ACHD cases, including percutaneous valve implantations.

She remains an active clinical researcher, having authored almost 50 publications.

Dr. El-Said is a mother of three teenagers and enjoys swimming and cooking in her spare time.


Long sheath use in femoral artery catheterizations in infants <15 kg is associated with a higher thrombosis rate: Proposed Protocol for Detection and Management.
Ding L, Pockett C, Moore J, El-Said H

Implementation of Methodology for Quality Improvement in Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization: A Multi-center Initiative by the Congenital Cardiac Catheterization Project on Outcomes-Quality Improvement (C3PO-QI).
Cevallos PC, Rose MJ, Armsby LB, Armstrong AK, El-Said H, Foerster SR, Glatz AC, Goldstein BH, Hainstock MR, Kreutzer J, Latson LA, Leahy RA, Petit CJ, Torres A, Shahanavaz S, Zampi JD, Bergersen L

Preprocedural Transthoracic Echocardiography Can Predict Amplatzer Septal Occluder Device Size for Transcatheter Atrial Septal Defect Closure.
Sah SP, Bartakian S, El-Said H, Molkara DP, Printz B, Moore JW

Effect of Balloon:Annulus Ratio on Incidence of Pulmonary Insufficiency Following Valvuloplasty.
Pathak SJ, Pockett CR, Moore JW, El-Said HG

Practice Variation in Single-Ventricle Patients Undergoing Elective Cardiac Catheterization: A Report from the Congenital Cardiac Catheterization Project on Outcomes (C3PO).
Goldstein BH, Holzer RJ, Trucco SM, Porras D, Murphy J, Foerster SR, El-Said HG, Beekman RH 3rd, Bergersen L

Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve Replacement for Right Ventricular Outflow Tract Conduit Dysfunction After the Ross Procedure.
Gillespie MJ, McElhinney DB, Kreutzer J, Hellenbrand WE, El-Said H, Ewert P, Rhodes JF, Søndergaard L, Jones TK

Left main coronary artery stenting in a 3.6 kg infant after arterial switch operation for transposition of the great arteries.
El-Said HG, Ebrahim M, Moore JW

El-Said H

Sedation and Anesthesia in Pediatric and Congenital Cardiac Catheterization: A Prospective Multicenter Experience.
Lin CH, Desai S, Nicolas R, Gauvreau K, Foerster S, Sharma A, Armsby L, Marshall AC, Odegard K, DiNardo J, Vincent J, El-Said H, Spaeth J, Goldstein B, Holzer R, Kreutzer J, Balzer D, Bergersen L

Intermediate Results of Hybrid Versus Primary Norwood Operation.
DiBardino DJ, Gomez-Arostegui J, Kemp A, Raviendran R, Hegde S, Devaney EJ, Lamberti JJ, El-Said H

Transcatheter stenting of the systemic-to-pulmonary artery shunt: A 7-year experience from a single tertiary center.
Vaughn GR, Moore JW, Mallula KK, Lamberti JJ, El-Said HG

Iatrogenic aortopulmonary communications after transcatheter interventions on the right ventricular outflow tract or pulmonary artery: Pathophysiologic, diagnostic, and management considerations.
Torres A, Sanders SP, Vincent JA, El-Said HG, Leahy RA, Padera RF, McElhinney DB

Comparison of ductal stenting versus surgical shunts for palliation of patients with pulmonary atresia and intact ventricular septum.
Mallula K, Vaughn G, El-Said H, Lamberti JJ, Moore JW

Acute myocardial ischemia in adults secondary to missed Kawasaki disease in childhood.
Rizk SR, El Said G, Daniels LB, Burns JC, El Said H, Sorour KA, Gharib S, Gordon JB

Bronchoscopic guidance of endovascular stenting limits airway compression.
Ebrahim M, Hagood J, Moore J, El-Said H

Device therapy for atrial septal defects in a multicenter cohort: acute outcomes and adverse events.
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

Breaking the limit: mechanical characterization of overexpanded balloon expandable stents used in congenital heart disease.
Bratincsak A, Moore JW, Gulker B, Choules B, Koren L, El-Said HG

Safety of percutaneous patent ductus arteriosus closure: an unselected multicenter population experience.
El-Said HG, Bratincsak A, Foerster SR, Murphy JJ, Vincent J, Holzer R, Porras D, Moore J, Bergersen L

Prospective randomized trial of transthoracic echocardiography versus transesophageal echocardiography for assessment and guidance of transcatheter closure of atrial septal defects in children using the Amplatzer septal occluder.
Bartakian S, El-Said HG, Printz B, Moore JW

First report of atretic coronary sinus stenting in a 5-kg infant resulting in dramatic improvement of ventricular function in functional single ventricle.
El-Said H, Hegde S, Moore J

Transcatheter device closure of atrial septal defects: a safety review.
Moore J, Hegde S, El-Said H, Beekman R 3rd, Benson L, Bergersen L, Holzer R, Jenkins K, Ringel R, Rome J, Vincent R, Martin G, ACC IMPACT Steering Committee.

Low weight as an independent risk factor for adverse events during cardiac catheterization of infants.
Backes CH, Cua C, Kreutzer J, Armsby L, El-Said H, Moore JW, Gauvreau K, Bergersen L, Holzer RJ

Impact of stent implantation on pulmonary artery growth.
Takao CM, El Said H, Connolly D, Hamzeh RK, Ing FF

Closure of perimembranous ventricular septal defects with aneurysmal tissue using the Amplazter Duct Occluder I: lessons learned and medium term follow up.
El Said HG, Bratincsak A, Gordon BM, Moore JW

Low dose tissue plasminogen activator treatment for vascular thrombosis following cardiac catheterization in children: a single center experience.
Bratincsák A, Moore JW, El-Said HG

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