San Diego County

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




Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA


Medical School

University of Arizona College of Medicine


New York University


CS Mott Childrens Hospital, Lucile Salter Packard Childrens Hospital -Stanford

Board Certifications

Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatrics




Dr. David Werho 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. He is the program director for the Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship.

He specializes in pediatric cardiac critical care and devotes the majority of his clinical time to the care of patients in the cardiovascular intensive care unit.

Dr. Werho earned his bachelor's and his medical degree at the University of Arizona. He then completed his pediatric residency at New York University, where he served as chief resident following his training. He completed dual-fellowship training in pediatric cardiology at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital - University of Michigan and in pediatric critical care medicine at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital - Stanford University prior to joining the team at Rady Children's.

Dr. Werho's research interests include studying cardiac intensive care unit outcomes, including duration of ventilation and ECMO complications, to help improve the outcomes of future patients with critical heart disease. He also performs medical education research to contribute to the training and education of future cardiologists and intensivists and is an expert in assessment and curriculum development as well as communications and social media. He leads several national committees in his field and serves on the board of directors and leadership committees of several international organizations in cardiology and cardiac critical care.


Measuring critical care unit performance using a postoperative mechanical ventilation quality metric.
Werho DK, Fisk A, Yeh J, Rooney S, Wilkes R, Shin AY, Zhang W, Banerjee M, Gaies M

Executive Summary: International Clinical Practice Guidelines for Pediatric Ventilator Liberation, A PALISI Network Document.
Abu-Sultaneh S, Iyer NP, Fernández A, Gaies M, González-Dambrauskas S, Hotz JC, Kneyber MCJ, López-Fernández YM, Rotta AT, Werho DK, Baranwal AK, Blackwood B, Craven HJ, Curley MAQ, Essouri S, Fioretto JR, Hartmann SM, Jouvet P, Korang SK, Rafferty GF, Ramnarayan P, Rose L, Tume LN, Whipple EC, Wong JJM, Emeriaud G, Mastropietro CW, Napolitano N, Newth CJL, Khemani RG

Preventing Cardiac Arrest in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit Through Multicenter Collaboration.
Alten J, Cooper DS, Klugman D, Raymond TT, Wooton S, Garza J, Clarke-Myers K, Anderson J, Pasquali SK, Absi M, Affolter JT, Bailly DK, Bertrandt RA, Borasino S, Dewan M, Domnina Y, Lane J, McCammond AN, Mueller DM, Olive MK, Ortmann L, Prodhan P, Sasaki J, Scahill C, Schroeder LW, Werho DK, Zaccagni H, Zhang W, Banerjee M, Gaies M, PC4 CAP Collaborators

Virtual reality curriculum increases paediatric residents' knowledge of CHDs.
Lim TR, Wilson HC, Axelrod DM, Werho DK, Handler SS, Yu S, Afton K, Lowery R, Mullan PB, Cooke J, Owens ST

A multimedia paediatric cardiology assessment tool for medical students and general paediatric trainees: development and validation.
Wilson HC, Lim TR, Axelrod DM, Werho DK, Handler SS, Mullan PB, Cooke JM, Owens ST

Assessment of physician training and prediction of workforce needs in paediatric cardiac intensive care in the United States.
Horak RV, Marino BS, Werho DK, Rhodes LA, Costello JM, Cabrera AG, Cooper DS, Bai S, Tabbutt S, Rao I, Scheinker D, Shin AY, Krawczeski CD

Workforce demographics and unit structure in paediatric cardiac critical care in the United States.
Horak RV, Bai S, Marino BS, Werho DK, Rhodes LA, Costello JM, Cabrera AG, Cooper DS, Tan Y, Tabbutt S, Krawczeski CD

Establishing Entrustable Professional Activities in Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care.
Werho DK, DeWitt AG, Owens ST, McBride ME, van Schaik S, Roth SJ

Relationship Between Gestational Age and Outcomes After Congenital Heart Surgery.
Savorgnan F, Elhoff JJ, Guffey D, Axelrod D, Buckley JR, Gaies M, Ghanayem NS, Lasa JJ, Shekerdemian L, Tweddell JS, Werho DK, Yeh J, Steurer MA

Aortic Root Thrombosis on ECMO-A Novel Management Strategy.
Aljohani OA, Singh RK, Nageotte SJ, Do T, Ratnayaka K, Nigro JJ, Werho DK

Duration of Postoperative Mechanical Ventilation as a Quality Metric for Pediatric Cardiac Surgical Programs.
Gaies M, Werho DK, Zhang W, Donohue JE, Tabbutt S, Ghanayem NS, Scheurer MA, Costello JM, Gaynor JW, Pasquali SK, Dimick JB, Banerjee M, Schwartz SM

Epidemiology of Stroke in Pediatric Cardiac Surgical Patients Supported With Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation.
Werho DK, Pasquali SK, Yu S, Donohue J, Annich GM, Thiagarajan RR, Hirsch-Romano JC, Gaies M, ELSO Member Centers

Biventricular Badness: Rare Images of Ebstein Anomaly of the Tricuspid Valve in a Patient with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.
Werho DK, Thorsson T, Owens ST, Fifer C

Hemorrhagic complications in pediatric cardiac patients on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation: an analysis of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization Registry.
Werho DK, Pasquali SK, Yu S, Donohue J, Annich GM, Thiagarajan RR, Hirsch-Romano JC, Gaies MG, Extracorporeal Life Support Organization Member Centers

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