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.


One-Year Outcomes in a Pooled Cohort of Harmony Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve Clinical Trial Participants.
Gillespie MJ, McElhinney DB, Jones TK, Levi DS, Asnes J, Gray RG, Cabalka AK, Fujimoto K, Qureshi AM, Justino H, Bergersen L, Benson LN, Haugan D, Boe BA, Cheatham JP

Pulmonary Vein Atresia: Feasibility of Initial Recanalization Attempts with Subsequent Follow-up.
Aggarwal V, Stapleton GE, Eilers LF, Gowda S, Bansal M, Qureshi AM, Webb MK, Khan A, Justino H

Gelatin sponge to close a tract after large-bore transhepatic access: tips for success.
Mohammad Nijres B, Justino H, Law I, Aldoss O

Innovation in fetal surgery: Use of vascular plugs in placental chorioangioma with fetal hydrops.
Sanz Cortes M, Bechtold H, Qureshi AM, Justino H, Espinoza J, Nassr AA, Donepudi R, Castro E, Furtun BY, Ayres N, Belfort M, Shamshirsaz A

Our evolution in the treatment of hepatic artery and portal vein thrombosis in pediatric liver transplantation: Success with catheter-directed therapies.
Moreno NF, Hernandez JA, Huang CS, Desai MS, Haug AB, Cleveland H, Upton A, Koohmaraie S, Goss MB, Leung DH, Banc-Husu AM, Justino H, Goss JA, Galvan NTN

Fetoscopic Balloon Dilation and Stent Placement of Congenital High Airway Obstruction Syndrome Leading to Successful Cesarean Delivery.
King A, Bedwell JR, Mehta DK, Stapleton GE, Justino H, Sutton C, Donepudi R, Sanz-Cortes M, Nassr AA, Sun RC, Lee TC, Keswani SG, Cassady CI, Mehollin-Ray A, Belfort MA

Selective Valve Removal for Melody Valve Endocarditis: Practice Variations in a Multicenter Experience.
Davtyan A, Guyon PW, El-Sabrout HR, Ponder R, Ramchandar N, Weber R, Zayed W, Ratnayaka K, Nigro JJ, Moore JW, Bauser-Heaton H, Alshawabkeh L, Reeves RR, Levi D, Aboulhosn J, Justino H, Bradley J, El-Said HG

Expanded Use of the One-Step Technique for Simultaneous Landing Zone Stenting and Placement of the Melody Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve.
Guyon PW Jr, Mohammad Nijres B, Justino H, Davtyan A, Mosher B, Courelli A, Ratnayaka K, Moore JW, El-Said HG

Shortening of Palmaz Genesis XD stents by longitudinal compression in pediatric patients with pulmonary vein stenosis: Bench-testing and case series.
Webb MK, Justino H

Thromboprophylaxis for Children Post-Fontan Procedure: Insights From the UNIVERSE Study.
McCrindle BW, Michelson AD, Van Bergen AH, Suzana Horowitz E, Pablo Sandoval J, Justino H, Harris KC, Jefferies JL, Miriam Pina L, Peluso C, Nessel K, Lu W, Li JS, UNIVERSE Study Investigators *

Hot topics in interventional cardiology: Proceedings from the society for cardiovascular angiography and interventions (SCAI) 2021 think tank.
Naidu SS, Baron SJ, Eng MH, Sathanandam SK, Zidar DA, Feldman DN, Ing FF, Latif F, Lim MJ, Henry TD, Rao SV, Dangas GD, Hermiller JB, Daggubati R, Shah B, Ang L, Aronow HD, Banerjee S, Box LC, Caputo RP, Cohen MG, Coylewright M, Duffy PL, Goldsweig AM, Hagler DJ, Hawkins BM, Hijazi ZM, Jayasuriya S, Justino H, Klein AJ, Kliger C, Li J, Mahmud E, Messenger JC, Morray BH, Parikh SA, Reilly J, Secemsky E, Shishehbor MH, Szerlip M, Yakubov SJ, Grines CL, members of the SCAI 2020 Think Tank Consortium: Lindsay Ackman, Alvarez-Breckenridge J, Baird C, Baker D, Berry C, Bhattacharya M, Bilazarian S, Bowen R, Brounstein K, Cameron C, Cavalcante R, Culbertson C, Diaz P, Emanuele S, Evans E, Fletcher R, Fortune T, Gaiha P, Govender D, Gutfinger D, Haggstrom K, Herzog A, Hite D, Kalich B, Kirkland A, Kohler T, Laurisden H, Livolsi K, Lombardi L, Lowe S, Marhenke K, Meikle J, Moat N, Mueller M, Patarca R, Popma J, Rangwala N, Simonton C, Stokes J, Taber M, Tieche C, Venditto J, West NEJ, Zinn L

Percutaneous Common Carotid Artery Access for Cardiac Interventions in Infants Does Not Acutely Change Cerebral Perfusion.
Lahiri S, Qureshi AM, Justino H, Mossad EB

Ultrasound-guided intraoperative trans-epicardial needle biopsy of an intracardiac tumor.
Lahiri S, Justino H, Heinle JS, Hernandez JA, Miyake CY

SAPIEN S3 valve deployment in the pulmonary position using the gore DrySeal sheath to protect the tricuspid valve.
Stapleton GE, Gowda ST, Bansal M, Khan A, Qureshi AM, Justino H

Amplatzer Piccolo Occluder clinical trial for percutaneous closure of the patent ductus arteriosus in patients ≥700 grams.
Sathanandam SK, Gutfinger D, O'Brien L, Forbes TJ, Gillespie MJ, Berman DP, Armstrong AK, Shahanavaz S, Jones TK, Morray BH, Rockefeller TA, Justino H, Nykanen DG, Zahn EM

Radiation Safety in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Is Our Responsibility: A Call to Humility and Action!
Justino H

Inhaled Tranexamic Acid As a Novel Treatment for Pulmonary Hemorrhage in Critically Ill Pediatric Patients: An Observational Study.
O'Neil ER, Schmees LR, Resendiz K, Justino H, Anders MM

Rivaroxaban, a direct Factor Xa inhibitor, versus acetylsalicylic acid as thromboprophylaxis in children post-Fontan procedure: Rationale and design of a prospective, randomized trial (the UNIVERSE study).
Pina LM, Dong X, Zhang L, Samtani MN, Michelson AD, Justino H, Bonnet D, Harris KC, Jefferies J, McCrindle BW, Li JS

Comparison of drug eluting versus bare metal stents for pulmonary vein stenosis in childhood.
Khan A, Qureshi AM, Justino H

Hybrid approach to ventricular septal defect enlargement.
Patel ND, Justino H, Ing FF

Congenital coronary artery fistula: Presentation in the neonatal period and transcatheter closure.
Aggarwal V, Mulukutla V, Qureshi AM, Justino H

Controversy About a High-Risk and Innovative Fetal Cardiac Intervention.
Edwards LA, Justino H, Morris SA, Katie and John, Rychik J, Feudtner C, Lantos JD

Two- and Four-dimensional Ultrasonography of an Interatrial Stent in a Fetus With Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.
Buffie AW, Belfort MA, Shamshirsaz AA, Justino H, Qureshi AM, Ayres NA, Morris SA, Espinoza J

Outcomes after Balloon Pulmonary Valvuloplasty for Critical Pulmonary Stenosis and Incidence of Coronary Artery Fistulas.
Aggarwal V, Mulukutla V, Maskatia S, Justino H, Mullins CE, Qureshi AM

Interventions in children with renovascular hypertension: A 27-year retrospective single-center experience.
Agrawal H, Moodie D, Qureshi AM, Acosta AA, Hernandez JA, Braun MC, Justino H

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