Daniel Levi, M.D.

A Short Biography:

Daniel S. Levi, MD is an Interventional Pediatric Cardiologist who has served on the UCLA Pediatrics faculty since 2003 and is a Professor at the UCLA School of Medicine. His primary clinical role involves the use of catheters and devices to help children with congenital heart disease. As the Director of the Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Dr. Levi is the active on a daily basis in pediatric catheter based procedures. He routinely performs ASD, VSD, and PDA closures in addition to stent placement, valvuloplasties, angioplasties and even transcatheter valve replacements in both children and adults with congenital heart disease. He is internationally known for his laboratory and clinical research. He is also the director of the adult congenital interventional catheterization program and is a member of the pediatric heart transplantation team.

Dr. Levi earned his B.S. in Biology from Stanford (1992) and his M.D. from UCSF (1997). He was in the Medical Scientist Training Program at UCSF from 1992-1995. After Pediatrics internship and residency were completed at UCSF, Dr Levi completed his pediatric cardiology fellowship and pediatric interventional cardiology sub-specialization at UCLA. He is board certified in Pediatric Cardiology and Adult Congenital Cardiology by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the AIBM.

His laboratory research centers on the development of novel pediatric stents and other devices made from biodegradable materials and nano-synthesized "smart" materials such as thin film nitinol. Dr. Levi is been the recipient of grants from the National Institue of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), the American Heart Association (AHA), the Paige Foundation and multiple other foundations and agencies. He has over 100 publications and abstracts - some select publications from Dr Levi's laboratory are listed below.

He has received multiple awards for his clinical work and for his research at UCLA He is currently working as the PI on several multi-centered studies aimed at helping to make the next generation of transcatheter devices available to children in the United States.

Dr Levi is also very active in philanthropy work as well. He is a volunteer for and on the board of Camp Del Corazon and Hearts With Hope. He goes to Peru and other countries once or twice a year to perform procedures on children with congenital heart disease and he also volunteers as a camp doctor at Camp del Corazon.

AWARDS

  • The Gerd Hausdorf Congenital Research Award
  • Heart of Gold Teaching Award, UCLA Division of Pediatric Cardiology
  • Today’s and Tomorrow’s Children’s Fund, Annual Award and Grant
  • Pediatric Translational Research Award, UCLA
  • Heart of Gold Teaching Award, UCLA Division of Pediatric Cardiology
  • Erick Lara Humanitarian Award, UCLA Heart Transplantation Team
  • William F Friedman Pediatric Research Award, UCLA Dept of Pediatrics
  • Camp Del Corazon Gala Honoree, Camp Del Corazon

Links to Dr Levi's work:


Work Titles
UCLA Director, Diagnostic and Interventional Catheterization Program Director, Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program Interventionalist, Ahmanson/UCLA Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center Associate Professor, Pediatrics Associate Professor, Pediatric Cardiology Member, Adult Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
Education:
Degrees:
M.D., UCSF Department of Pediatrics & Peds Specialties, 1997
Fellowship:
2000 - 2003 UCLA School of Medicine
Internship:
1998 - 2000 UCSF Department of Pediatrics & Peds Specialties
1997 - 1998 UCSF Department of Pediatrics & Peds Specialties
Residency:
2000 UCSF Department of Pediatrics & Peds Specialties
Certifications:
Certifications:
2004 American Board of Pediatrics
2000 American Board of Pediatrics

Contact Information:

Work Phone Number:

(310) 267-7667

Mailing Address:

Interventional Pediatric Cardiology
200 UCLA Medical Plaza STE 330
Los Angeles, CA 90095


Publications:

A selected list of publications:

Aboulhosn Jamil, Levi Daniel S, Child John S   Common congenital heart disorders in adults: percutaneous therapeutic procedures Current problems in cardiology, 2011; 36(7): 263-84.
Lu Wei-Hui, Palatnik Kathy, Fishbein Gregory A, Lai Chi, Levi Daniel S, Perens Gregory, Alejos Juan, Kobashigawa Jon, Fishbein Michael C   Diverse morphologic manifestations of cardiac allograft vasculopathy: A pathologic study of 64 allograft hearts The Journal of heart and lung transplantation : the official publication of the International Society for Heart Transplantation, 2011; 36(7): .
Scott Victoria, Williams Ryan J, Levi Daniel S   Outcomes of cardiac transplantation in highly sensitized pediatric patients Pediatric cardiology, 2011; 32(5): 615-20.
Poommipanit Paul, Levi Daniel, Shenoda Michael, Tobis Jonathan   Percutaneous retrieval of the locked helex septal occluder Catheterization and cardiovascular interventions : official journal of the Society for Cardiac Angiography & Interventions, 2011; 77(6): 892-900.
Levi Daniel S, Peterson Nick, Shah Sanjay D, Rakholia Bhavika, Haught Austin, Carman Greg   Connecting multiple low-flow intravenous infusions in the newborn: problems and possible solutions Pediatric critical care medicine : a journal of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies, 2010; 11(2): 275-81.
Tulloch Allan W, Chun Youngjae, Levi Daniel S, Mohanchandra Kotekar P, Carman Gregory P, Lawrence Peter F, Rigberg David A   Super Hydrophilic Thin Film Nitinol Demonstrates Reduced Platelet Adhesion Compared with Commercially Available Endograft Materials The Journal of surgical research, 2010; 11(2): .
Buchbinder David, Levi Daniel S, Ikeda Alan, Shannon Kevin, Moore Theodore   Inappropriate sinus tachycardia after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation Journal of pediatric hematology/oncology : official journal of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, 2010; 32(1): 15-8.
Seltzer Sharon, Aboulhosn Jamil, Levi Daniel S   Use of interlock fibered detachable coils for occlusion of collaterals, coronary artery fistulae, and patent ductus arteriosus Catheterization and cardiovascular interventions : official journal of the Society for Cardiac Angiography & Interventions, 2009; 74(5): 770-6.
Seltzer Sharon, Alejos Juan Carlos, Levi Daniel S   Experience with the Cardiva Boomerang Catalyst system in pediatric cardiac catheterization Catheterization and cardiovascular interventions : official journal of the Society for Cardiac Angiography & Interventions, 2009; 74(3): 476-81.
Mohan Uthara R, Danon Saar, Levi Daniel, Connolly Dana, Moore John W   Stent implantation for coarctation of the aorta in children JACC. Cardiovascular interventions, 2009; 2(9): 877-83.
Amin Payal, Levi Daniel S, Likes Maggie, Laks Hillel   Pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum causing severe left ventricular outflow tract obstruction Pediatric cardiology, 2009; 30(6): 851-4.
Bahrami Simin, Mitropoulos Fotios, Leong Frederick, Levi Daniel S, Laks Hillel, Plunkett Mark D   Truncal valve repair in neonates using pericardial leaflet extension Congenital heart disease, 2009; 4(4): 281-3.
Levi Daniel S, Danon Saar, Gordon Brent, Virdone Nicky, Vinuela Fernando, Shah Sanjay, Carman Greg, Moore John W   Creation of transcatheter aortopulmonary and cavopulmonary shunts using magnetic catheters: feasibility study in swine Pediatric cardiology, 2009; 30(4): 397-403.
Chun Youngjae, Levi Daniel S, Mohanchandra K P, Vinuela Fernando, Vinuela Fernando, Carman Gregory P   Thin film nitinol microstent for aneurysm occlusion Journal of biomechanical engineering, 2009; 131(5): 051014.
Hamzeh Rabih K, Danon Saar, Shah Sanjay, Levi Daniel S, Moore John W   "Wire-target" technique for precise vascular access Texas Heart Institute journal / from the Texas Heart Institute of St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital, 2009; 36(4): 321-6.
Gordon Brent M, Levi Daniel S, Shannon Kevin M   Electrosurgical energy in combination with a transseptal needle: a novel method for the creation of an atrial communication in hypoplastic left heart syndrome with intact atrial septum Catheterization and cardiovascular interventions : official journal of the Society for Cardiac Angiography & Interventions, 2009; 73(1): 113-6.
Gordon Brent M, Fishbein Michael C, Levi Daniel S   Serial late dilatations of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene-covered stents in porcine aorta Catheterization and cardiovascular interventions : official journal of the Society for Cardiac Angiography & Interventions, 2008; 72(3): 400-7.
Gordon Brent M, Fishbein Michael C, Levi Daniel S   Polytetrafluoroethylene-covered stents in the venous and arterial system: angiographic and pathologic findings in a swine model Cardiovascular pathology : the official journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology, 2008; 17(4): 206-11.
Geiger Miwa, Harake Danielle, Halnon Nancy, Alejos Juan Carlos, Levi Daniel S   Screening for rejection in symptomatic pediatric heart transplant recipients: the sensitivity of BNP Pediatric transplantation, 2008; 12(5): 563-9.
Levi Daniel S, Williams Ryan J, Liu Jasen, Danon Saar, Stepan Lenka L, Panduranga Mohanchandra K, Fishbein Michael C, Carman Greg P   Thin film nitinol covered stents: design and animal testing ASAIO journal (American Society for Artificial Internal Organs : 1992), 2008; 54(3): 221-6.
Levi Daniel S, Kusnezov Nick, Carman Gregory P   Smart materials applications for pediatric cardiovascular devices Pediatric research, 2008; 63(5): 552-8.
Behera Sarina K, Trang Janet, Feeley Brian T, Levi Daniel S, Alejos Juan C, Drant Stacey   The use of Doppler tissue imaging to predict cellular and antibody-mediated rejection in pediatric heart transplant recipients Pediatric transplantation, 2008; 12(2): 207-14.
Levi Daniel S, Kusnezov Nick, Carman Gregory P   Smart Materials Applications for Pediatric Cardiovascular Devices Pediatric research, 2008; 12(2): .
Mitropoulos Fotios A, Laks Hillel, Kapadia Neel, Gurvitz Michelle, Levi Daniel, Williams Ryan, Plunkett Mark   Intraoperative pulmonary artery stenting: an alternative technique for the management of pulmonary artery stenosis The Annals of thoracic surgery, 2007; 84(4): 1338-41; discussion 1342.
AboulHosn Jamil, Danon Saar, Levi Daniel, Castellon Yelba, Child John, Moore John   Regression of pulmonary arteriovenous malformations after transcatheter reconnection of the pulmonary arteries in patients with unidirectional Fontan Congenital heart disease, 2007; 2(3): 179-84.
Casarez Tim W, Perens Gregory, Williams Ryan J, Kutay Erin, Fishbein Michael C, Reed Elaine F, Alejos Juan C, Levi Daniel S   Humoral rejection in pediatric orthotopic heart transplantation The Journal of heart and lung transplantation : the official publication of the International Society for Heart Transplantation, 2007; 26(2): 114-9.
Perens Gregory, Levi Daniel S, Alejos Juan Carlos, Wetzel Glenn T   Muronomab-CD3 for pediatric acute myocarditis Pediatric cardiology, 2007; 28(1): 21-6.
Williams Ryan J, Levi Daniel S, Moore John W, Boechat M Ines   Radiographic appearance of pediatric cardiovascular transcatheter devices Pediatric radiology, 2006; 36(12): 1231-41; quiz 1332-3.
Chan Jessica B, Levi Daniel S, Lai Chi K, Alejos Juan C, Fishbein Michael C   Cellular rejection of the conduction system after orthotopic heart transplantation for congenital atrioventricular block The Journal of heart and lung transplantation : the official publication of the International Society for Heart Transplantation, 2006; 25(11): 1371-5.
Peterson Renuka E, Levi Daniel S, Williams Ryan J, Lai Wyman W, Sklansky Mark S, Drant Stacey   Echocardiographic predictors of outcome in fetuses with pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography : official publication of the American Society of Echocardiography, 2006; 19(11): 1393-400.
Mitropoulos Fotios A, Laks Hillel, Kanakis Meletios A, Levi Daniel   Aorto-left ventricular tunnel: an alternative surgical approach The Annals of thoracic surgery, 2006; 82(3): 1113-5.
Behera Sarina K, Danon Saar, Levi Daniel S, Moore John W   Transcatheter closure of coronary artery fistulae using the Amplatzer Duct Occluder Catheterization and cardiovascular interventions : official journal of the Society for Cardiac Angiography & Interventions, 2006; 68(2): 242-8.
Levi Daniel S, Raff Evan, Stepan Lenka, Liu Jasen, Williams Ryan J, Moore John W, Carman Greg   Use of a covered stent modification to produce a transcatheter valve: laboratory and animal testing ASAIO journal (American Society for Artificial Internal Organs : 1992), 2006; 51(6): 719-24.
Stepan Lenka L, Levi Daniel S, Carman Gregory P   A thin film nitinol heart valve Journal of biomechanical engineering, 2005; 127(6): 915-8.
Tan Christopher A, Levi Daniel S, Moore John W   Percutaneous closure of perimembranous ventricular septal defect associated with a ventricular septal aneurysm using the Amplatzer ductal occluder Catheterization and cardiovascular interventions : official journal of the Society for Cardiac Angiography & Interventions, 2005; 66(3): 427-31.
Danon Saar, Levi Daniel S, Alejos Juan C, Moore John W   Reliable atrial septostomy by stenting of the atrial septum Catheterization and cardiovascular interventions : official journal of the Society for Cardiac Angiography & Interventions, 2005; 66(3): 408-13.
Moore John W, Levi Daniel S, Moore Sarah D, Schneider Douglas J, Berdjis Farhouch   Interventional treatment of patent ductus arteriosus in 2004 Catheterization and cardiovascular interventions : official journal of the Society for Cardiac Angiography & Interventions, 2005; 64(1): 91-101.
Kardon Richard E, Sokoloski Mary C, Levi Daniel S, Perry James S, Schneider Douglas J, Allada Vivekanand, Moore John W   Transthoracic echocardiographic guidance of transcatheter atrial septal defect closure The American journal of cardiology, 2004; 94(2): 256-60.
Levi Daniel S, Moore John W   Embolization and retrieval of the Amplatzer septal occluder Catheterization and cardiovascular interventions : official journal of the Society for Cardiac Angiography & Interventions, 2004; 61(4): 543-7.
Levi Daniel S, DeConde Adam S, Fishbein Michael C, Burch Caron, Alejos Juan C, Wetzel Glenn T   The yield of surveillance endomyocardial biopsies as a screen for cellular rejection in pediatric heart transplant patients Pediatric transplantation, 2004; 8(1): 22-8.
Moore John W, Levi Daniel S   Transcatheter closure of atrial shunts. Focus on a lingering issue Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 2004; 43(2): 310-2.
Gupta Anuja, Odim Jonah, Levi Daniel, Chang Ruey-Kang, Laks Hillel   Staged repair of pulmonary atresia with ventricular septal defect and major aortopulmonary collateral arteries: experience with 104 patients The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, 2003; 126(6): 1746-52.
Levi Daniel S, Alejos Juan C, Moore John W   Future of interventional cardiology in pediatrics Current opinion in cardiology, 2003; 18(2): 79-90.
Levi Daniel, Alejos Juan   An approach to the treatment of pediatric myocarditis Paediatric drugs, 2002; 4(10): 637-47.
Levi Daniel, Marelli Daniel, Plunkett Mark, Alejos Juan, Bresson Jessica, Tran Julie, Eisenring Christian, Sadeghi Ali, Galindo Alvaro, Fazio Daniel, Gupta Anuja, Burch Caron, George Barbara, Laks Hillel   Use of assist devices and ECMO to bridge pediatric patients with cardiomyopathy to transplantation The Journal of heart and lung transplantation : the official publication of the International Society for Heart Transplantation, 2002; 21(7): 760-70.

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