Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA


Other Languages

Portuguese, Spanish

Medical School

McGill University


Montreal Children's Hospital


Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto

Board Certifications

Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatrics




Dr. Henri Justino is an interventional cardiologist at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego and an associate physician diplomate at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Prior to coming to Rady Children's in 2021, Dr. Justino directed the catheterization laboratories at Texas Children's Hospital. He has expertise in the treatment of a wide variety of cardiac and vascular conditions. This includes treating clotting complications (acute or chronic thrombosis, such as infants and children with superior vena cava syndrome) and using techniques for the removal of clots (thrombectomy and thrombolysis). He is also experienced in the treatment of liver vascular conditions, such as portal vein thrombosis, portal hypertension, Budd-Chiari syndrome and congenital portosystemic shunts (e.g., Abernethy malformations).

Dr. Justino has additional expertise in the treatment of renal artery stenosis and mid-aortic syndrome. He also performs a broad range of more common cardiac procedures, such as balloon valvuloplasty, balloon angioplasty and stent placement to treat narrowing in a variety of blood vessels, occlusion of vascular anomalies, device closure of atrial and ventricular septal defects and device closure of ductus arteriosus. He has received multiple clinical excellence awards at the departmental and university-wide levels.

Dr. Justino is actively involved in cardiovascular research and has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles and over a dozen book chapters. He has given over 200 presentations and lectures at national and international conferences.

Additionally, he is involved in the development of novel medical devices for use in children and adults with congenital heart disease. Such devices may one day help reduce or eliminate the need for open-heart surgeries to repair certain heart defects. Dr. Justino collaborated with bioengineers on developing these devices, and together they received several grants (including National Institutes of Health grants) supporting this effort; they went on to form a start-up company that is developing and testing a new generation of transcatheter pulmonary valves. The company was selected to participate in the Texas Medical Center and MedTech Innovator accelerator programs and received numerous awards, including the best medical device innovation at the American College of Cardiology Innovation Challenge in 2018.

A gifted teacher, Dr. Justino has been training future generations of physicians for the past 20 years, earning numerous teaching awards at the divisional, departmental and university-wide levels for educating medical students, residents and fellows. Additionally, he is committed to promoting quality improvement for pediatric cardiac catheterization laboratories on a national level and was the former chair of the Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization Quality Improvement Committee of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.

Dr. Justino is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and a member of the American Heart Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Pediatric Society.

See the full listing of this physician's publications on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

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