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Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA


Medical School

Emory University School of Medicine


Children's National Medical Center


Children's National Medical Center, National Institutes of Health

Board Certifications

Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatrics


Dr. Kanishka Ratnayaka is director of the Dickinson Family Image-Guided Intervention Center and co-director of research at the Heart Institute 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 10 years. 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 35 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.


Bronchial stenting in infants with severe bronchomalacia: Technique and outcomes.
Mittal N, El-Said HG, Ratnayaka K, Rao A, Friesen TL, Nigro JJ, Brigger MT

Patent Ductus Arteriosus Stenting for All Ductal-Dependent Cyanotic Infants: Waning Use of Blalock-Taussig Shunts.
Ratnayaka K, Nageotte SJ, Moore JW, Guyon PW, Bhandari K, Weber RL, Lee JW, You H, Griffin DA, Rao RP, Nigro JJ, El-Said HG

An Anterior Anastomosis for the Modified Fontan Connection: A Hemodynamic Analysis.
Wei ZA, Ratnayaka K, Si B, Singh-Gryzbon S, Cetatoiu MA, Fogel MA, Slesnick T, Yoganathan AP, Nigro JJ

Infants with pulmonary atresia intact ventricular septum who require balloon atrial septostomy have significantly higher 18-month mortality.
Herrick NL, Courelli A, Lee JW, Ratnayaka K, Alshawabkeh LI, Moore JW, El-Said HG

Starting and Operating a Public Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory in a Low Resource Setting: The Eight-Year Story of the Uganda Heart Institute Catheter Laboratory.
Rwebembera J, Aliku T, Kayima J, Lubega S, Sebatta E, Kiggundu B, Kirenzi D, Nyakoojo W, Mondo C, Kumar K, Ratnayaka K, Qureshi S, Daluvoy S, Lwabi P, Omagino J, Sable C, Longenecker C, Simon D, Costa M, Okello E

Purpose-built transcatheter cavopulmonary anastomosis device requirements: Multi-modality imaging evaluation.
El-Sabrout HR, Ryan JR, Hegde SR, El-Said HG, Nigro JJ, Moore JW, Ratnayaka K

An Elusive Prize: Transcutaneous Near InfraRed Spectroscopy (NIRS) Monitoring of the Liver.
Guyon PW Jr, Karamlou T, Ratnayaka K, El-Said HG, Moore JW, Rao RP

Serial Dilation of Low-Profile Stents Delivered in the Aorta and Pulmonary Arteries in Pediatric Patients Leads to Spontaneous Fractures but Not to Adverse Events.
Guyon PW Jr, Mosher BP, Zhang Y, Ratnayaka K, Moore JW, El-Said HG

Alternative Access in Congenital Heart Disease.
Heyden CM, Moore JW, Ryan JR, Lederman RJ, El-Said HG, Ratnayaka K

Early experience with the Micro Plug Set for preterm patent ductus arteriosus closure.
Heyden CM, El-Said HG, Moore JW, Guyon PW Jr, Katheria AC, Ratnayaka K

Bronchus compression relieved by patent ductus arteriosus stenting.
Zayed WM, Bhandari K, Guyon PW Jr, El-Sabrout H, Ryan J, Ratnayaka K, El-Sabrout A, Moore JW, El-Said H

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

Transcatheter Electrosurgery: JACC State-of-the-Art Review.
Khan JM, Rogers T, Greenbaum AB, Babaliaros VC, Yildirim DK, Bruce CG, Herzka DA, Schenke WH, Ratnayaka K, Lederman RJ

MRI Catheterization: Ready for Broad Adoption.
Nageotte SJ, Lederman RJ, Ratnayaka K

Transcatheter Electrosurgery Rescue: Jailed Pulmonary Artery Following Melody Pulmonary Valve Replacement.
Nageotte SJ, Lee JW, El-Said HG, Moore JW, Ratnayaka K

Hepatic Vein Incorporation Into the Azygos System in Heterotaxy and Interrupted Inferior Vena Cava.
Montesa C, Karamlou T, Ratnayaka K, Pophal SG, Ryan J, Nigro JJ

Stenting the vertical neonatal ductus arteriosus via the percutaneous axillary approach.
Lee J, Ratnayaka K, Moore J, El-Said H

X-ray fused with MRI guidance of pre-selected transcatheter congenital heart disease interventions.
Grant EK, Kanter JP, Olivieri LJ, Cross RR, Campbell-Washburn A, Faranesh AZ, Cronin I, Hamann KS, O'Byrne ML, Slack MC, Lederman RJ, Ratnayaka K

Pulmonary artery interventions after the arterial switch operation: Unique and significant risks.
Lee J, Abdullah Shahbah D, El-Said H, Rios R, Ratnayaka K, Moore J

A review: Percutaneous pulmonary artery stenosis therapy: state-of-the-art and look to the future.
Patel AB, Ratnayaka K, Bergersen L

Endograft rescue of compromised interposition aortic graft in an adult patient with congenital heart disease.
Lee JW, Ratnayaka K, El-Said HG, Moore JW

Physiological Recording in the MRI Environment (PRiME): MRI-Compatible Hemodynamic Recording System.
Kakareka JW, Faranesh AZ, Pursley RH, Campbell-Washburn A, Herzka DA, Rogers T, Kanter J, Ratnayaka K, Lederman RJ, Pohida TJ

Radiation-free CMR diagnostic heart catheterization in children.
Ratnayaka K, Kanter JP, Faranesh AZ, Grant EK, Olivieri LJ, Cross RR, Cronin IF, Hamann KS, Campbell-Washburn AE, O'Brien KJ, Rogers T, Hansen MS, Lederman RJ

First-in-Human Closed-Chest Transcatheter Superior Cavopulmonary Anastomosis.
Ratnayaka K, Moore JW, Rios R, Lederman RJ, Hegde SR, El-Said HG

CMR fluoroscopy right heart catheterization for cardiac output and pulmonary vascular resistance: results in 102 patients.
Rogers T, Ratnayaka K, Khan JM, Stine A, Schenke WH, Grant LP, Mazal JR, Grant EK, Campbell-Washburn A, Hansen MS, Ramasawmy R, Herzka DA, Xue H, Kellman P, Faranesh AZ, Lederman RJ

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