Denis J. Donovan, M.D.

Pediatric Cardiology

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Personal Statement

I am proud to serve as a pediatric cardiologist at Weill Cornell Medicine. I have long been enamored with the physiology of congenital and acquired heart disease, the procedures used to correct such conditions, and the long-term management of pediatric patients with heart disease. I was drawn to pediatric cardiology due to the unique opportunities that the field provides, namely continuity of care with my patients, the opportunity to reassure the well, and the privilege of caring for the acutely and chronically ill. I spend every day in awe of the strength and perseverance of the patients whom I help to care for, and the endless love and support shown by their families.

Biographical Info

Dr. Denis Donovan is a general pediatric cardiologist at Weill Cornell Medicine. He is appointed as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine and an Assistant Attending Physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children’s Hospital. Dr. Donovan is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Dr. Donovan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Boston College and completed the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical program at Columbia University. He earned his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed his residency in pediatrics at NewYork-Presbyterian, Columbia University Irving Medical Center. He continued at NewYork-Presbyterian, Columbia University Irving Medical Center to complete his fellowship in pediatric cardiology, where he served as Chief Fellow. Following his fellowship, Dr. Donovan joined the faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine.

Dr. Donovan’s clinical interests include general preventive pediatric cardiology, acute care cardiology, exercise stress testing, as well as transthoracic, transesophageal, and fetal echocardiography. His research interests revolve largely around the patient and parent experience for children with congenital heart disease. As a trainee, he developed a Pediatric Cardiology Patient Passport to help patients and families to more easily relay complex medical information to healthcare professionals. Dr. Donovan is also interested in the neurodevelopmental outcomes of patients with congenital heart disease and has performed research surrounding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on outpatient therapies for children with complex congenital heart disease. Additionally, he has performed research in the area of heart failure and transplant, evaluating risk factors for hypertension after heart transplant, as well as the association between homograft tissue exposure and pre-sensitization prior to transplant in congenital heart disease patients.

Dr. Donovan has strong passion for medical education and has mentored and taught learners at various levels of medical training, from medical students to residents to fellows. As a pediatric cardiology fellow, he was voted “Fellow of the Year” by the pediatric residents at NewYork-Presbyterian, Columbia University Irving Medical Center as an acknowledgment of his partnership, teamwork, and support of the pediatric residency program. He looks forward to continuing to contribute to the education and development of students and trainees.

Honors and Awards

2022, Fellow of the Year Award, NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital

2017, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

 2017, Rebecca A. Schwartz Memorial Prize, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

2016, Albert B. Knapp Scholarship, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

2006, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Boston College

Board Certifications
American Board of Pediatrics
Clinical Expertise
Congenital Heart Disease
Suspected Acquired Heart Disease
Preventive Cardiology
Fetal Cardiology
Chest Pain
Heart Murmur
Transthoracic Echocardiography
Transesophageal Echocardiography
Fetal Echocardiography
Exercise Stress Testing
  • M.D.
    Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • B.A.
    Boston College
  • Assistant Attending Pediatrician
    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

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