Professor of Pediatrics
Director of Pediatric Congenital Catheterization Laboratory
Daniel S. Levi, MD is an Interventional Pediatric Cardiologist who has served on the UCLA School of Medicine faculty since 2003. His primary clinical role involves the use of catheters and devices to help children with congenital heart disease. Dr. Levi is active on a daily basis in the pediatric catheterization laboratory. 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 clinical and laboratory research. He is also the director of the adult congenital interventional catheterization program.
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 by the American Academy of Pediatrics, he is the recipient of the Gerd Hausdorf Pediatric Research Award and is director of the Congenital Program of the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) annual program.
While his primary role at UCLA is in interventional cardiology, he also remains active in translational research. He is PI and Co-PI on many clinical trials of new devices including the Gore Cardioform ASD trial, the Medtronic Harmony Trial and the Edwards Alterra trial. His laboratory research centers on the development of novel pediatric stents. Dr. Levi is been the recipient of grants from the National Institute 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.
Dr. Levi is also very active in philanthropy work as well. He is on the board of Camp Del Corazon and Hearts With Hope. He goes to Peru once or twice a year to perform procedures on children with congenital heart disease and he also volunteers as ôcamp doctorö at Camp del Corazon.
Medical Board Certifications
- Levi DS, Williams RJ, Liu J, Stepan LL, Panduranga MK, Fishbein MC, Carman GP. Thin Film Nitinol Covered Stents:Design and Animal Testing. ASAIO 2008, 54(3):221-6.
- †Gordon BM, Fishbein MC, Levi DS. Serial Redilations of Polytetrafluoroethylene Covered Stents in a Porcine Aorta: A Comparison to Uncovered Stents. Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions 2008, 72(3):400-7.
- †Gordon BM, Levi DS, Shannon KM. 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 2009, 73(1):113-6.
- †Chun YJ, Levi DS, Mohanchandra KP, Vinuela F, Vinuela F, Carman GP. Thin Film Nitinol Microstent for Aneurysm Occlusion. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering 2009, 131(5):051014-1-8.
- Levi DS, Danon S, Gordon B, Virdone N, Vinuela F, Shah S, Carman G, Moore JW. Creation of Transcatheter Aortopulmonary and Cavopulmonary Shunts Using Magnetic Catheters: Feasibility Study in Swine. Pediatric Cardiology 2009, 30(4):397-403.
- Gillespie MJ, Rome JJ, Levi DS, Williams RJ, Rhodes JF, Cheatham JP, Hellenbrand WE, Jones TK, Vincent JA, Zahn EM, McElhinney DB. Melody Valve implant within failed bioprostheic valves in the pulmonary position: a multicenter experience. Circulation Cardiovascular Interventions 2012, 5(6):862-70.
- †Kobayashi D, Salem MM, Forbes TJ, Gordon BM, Soriano BD, Dimas V, Goldstein BH, Owada C, Javois A, Bass J, Jones TK, Berman D, Gillespie M, Moore JW, Levi DS. Results of the Combined U.S. Multicenter Post-Approval Study of the Nit-Occlud PDA Device for Percutaneous Closure of Patent Ductus Arteriosus. Cardiovascular Catheterization and Interventions 2019, 93(4):645-651.
- †Sinha SP, Aboulhosn JA, Asnes J, Bocks M, Zahn E, Goldstein BH, Zampi J, Hellenbrand W, Whiteside W, Peck D, Tomasulo C, Salem MM, Levi D. Off label use of the SAPIEN S3 Valve for Percutaneous Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve Replacement: A Multi-Institutional Experience. Cardiovascular Catheterization and Interventions 2019, 93(3):455-463.
- Morray BH, Jones TK, Coe JY, Gitter R, Martinez JZ, Turner, Gray RG, Lung TH, Berman DP, Levi DS. Implantation of the Melody Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve PB1016 in Patients with Dysfunctional Right Ventricular Outflow Tract Conduits. Cardiovascular Catheterization and Interventions 2019, 93(3):474-480.
- †Sinha SP, Kahn A, Qureshi AM, Suh W, Laks H, Aboulhosn JA, Biniwale R, Adachi I, Fernando A, Levi DS. Application of Transcatheter Valves for Aortic Valve Replacement in Pediatric patients: A Case Series. Cardiovascular Catheterization and Interventions 2020, 95(2):253-61.
- Top Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine, 2021
- Top Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine, 2012
- Southern California Super Doctors®, 2012