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Raina Sinha, MD, MPH, FACC, FACS

Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgeon

Practice Name Connecticut Children's Specialty Group



BA, Lehigh University, 2002
MD, Drexel University College of Medicine, 2006
MPH, UCLA, 2011


General Surgery, University of Southern California, 2006 – 2013


Thoracic Surgery, University of Southern California, 2013 – 2016
Congenital Cardiac Surgery, Emory University, 2016 – 2017

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Congenital Heart Surgery
  • Faculty Appointment

    Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Connecticut

    Clinical Expertise

    • Primary repair/palliation of complex neonatal cardiac defects
    • Single ventricle palliation
    • Repairs of mitral, tricuspid, and aortic valves
    • Adult congenital heart surgery

    Selected Publications

    • Sinha R, Herbst K, Romano J. Status of Women in Congenital Heart Surgery – Results from a National Survey. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. Sept 2021 (Accepted for publication).

    • Sinha R, Chen PC, Sam R, Dodge-Khatami A, Salazar J. Results of Less than 5 mm Right Ventricle-Pulmonary Artery Conduits in Single Ventricle Palliation. Ann Thorac Surg. Accepted for publication May 2020.

    • Greenleaf C, Sinha R, Cerra Z, Chen P, Adebo D, Salazar J. Development of a biventricular conversion program: A new paradigm. J Card Surg. 2021 June;36(6):2013-2020. PMID: 33783014; DOI: 10.1111/jocs.15487.

    • Sinha R, Knod J, Dukleska K, Mello D. Primary Sternal Cleft Repair in First Week of Life. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2021 Feb 16. PMID: 33591229; DOI: 10.1177/2150135120975767.

    • Davey B, Sinha R, Lee JH, Gauthier M, Flores G. Social determinants of health and outcomes for children and adults with congenital heart disease: a systematic review. Pediatr Res. 2021 Jan;89(2):275-294. PMID: 33069160; DOI: 10.1038/s41390-020-01196-.

    • Sinha R, Altin HF, McCracken C, Well A, Rosenblum J, Kanter K, Kogon B, Alsoufi B. Effect of Atrioventricular Valve Repair on Multistage Palliation Results of Single-Ventricle Defects. Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb;111(2):662-670. PMID: 32454017; DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.03.126.

    • Chen PC, Dodge-Khatami J, Hanfland R, Sinha R, Salazar J, Dodge-Khatami A. Resuscitating the Chimney Graft to Innominate Artery for Straightforward Cannulation During Infancy. Ann Thorac Surg. 2020 May;109(5):e379-e381. PMID: 31987822; DOI: 1016/j.athoracsur.2019.11.053

    • Dodge-Khatami A, Chen P, Dodge-Khatami J, Hanfland R, Sinha R, Salazar J. Resuscitating the PTFE Graft-to-Innominate Artery After Neonatal Arch Reconstructions: Straightforward Access for Arterial Cannulation. 2020 April: DOI: 10.25373/ctsnet.12089181

    • Rosenblum JM, Altin HF, Gillespie SE, Bauser-Heaton H, Kanter KA, Sinha R, Cory M, Alsoufi B. Management outcomes of primary pulmonary vein stenosis. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2020 Mar;159(3):1029-1036. PMID: 31648829; DOI: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2019.08.105

    • Sinha R, Gooty V, Jang S, Dodge-Khatami A, Salazar J. Validity of Pulmonary Valve Z-Scores in Predicting Valve-Sparing Tetralogy Repairs – Systematic Review. Children. 2019 May;6(5):67. PMID: 31060236; DOI: 10.3390/children6050067

    • Alsoufi B, Sinha R, McCracken C, Figueroa J, Altin F, Kanter K. Outcomes and risk factors associated with tricuspid valve repair in children with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2018 Dec;54(6):993-1000. PMID: 29788322; DOI: 10.1093/ejcts/ezy198

    • Griselli M, Sinha R, Jang S, Perri G, Adachi I. Mechanical Circulatory Support for Single Ventricle Failure. Front Cardiovasc Med. 2018 Aug;5:115. PMID: 30211172; DOI: 3389/fcvm.2018.00115

    • Ranjan R, Alhamshari Y, Lygouris G, Figueredo V, Sinha R, Pressman G, Schiller N. Estimation of Central Venous Pressure in Patients on Mechanical Ventilation. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2018 Mar;71(11): A1560. DOI: 10.1016/S0735-1097(18)32101-6

    • Bowdish M, Hui D, Cleveland J, Mack W, Sinha R, Ranjan R, Cohen R, Baker C, Cunningham M, Barr M, Starnes V. A Comparison of Aortic Valve Replacement via an Anterior Right Mini-Thoracotomy to Standard Sternotomy – A Propensity Score Analysis of 492 Patients. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2016 Feb;49(2):456-463. PMID: 25750007; DOI: 10.1093/ejcts/ezv038

    • Hui D, Bowdish M, Cleveland J, Ranjan R, Sinha R, Baker C, Cunningham M, Starnes V. Aortic Valve Replacement Through an Anterior Right Mini-Thoracotomy with Central Aortic Cannulation is Safe. Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2014 Sept;19(suppl 1):S6; DOI: 10.1093/icvts/ivu276.17

    • Baker CJ, Sinha R, Sullivan ME. Development of a Cardiac Surgery Simulation Curriculum: From Needs Assessment Results to Practical Implementation. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2012 Jul;144(1):7-16. PMID: 31987822; DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2019.11.053

    • Sinha R, Kaiser A. Efficacy of Management Algorithm for reducing need for sphincterotomy in chronic anal fissures. Colorectal Dis. 2012 Jun;14(6):760-4. PMID: 21801296; DOI: 10.1111/j.1463-1318.2011.02736.x

    • Oki KN, Sinha R, Lee AW, Baker CJ. Emergency Off-Pump Revascularization for Left Main Dissection in Pregnancy. Am Surg. 2011 Feb;77(2):253-5. PMID: 21337902

    • Banki F, Flanagan P, Zehetner J, Armstrong A, Hagen JA, Joshi A, Sinha R, Oh D, Oezcelik A, DeMeester SR, Abate E, Lipham JC, Chandrasoma P, Crookes PF, DeMeester TR. Progressive mucosal injury in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease is associated with increasing peripheral blood eosinophil counts. Arch Surg. 2010 Apr;145(4):363-3. PMID: 20404287; DOI: 10.1001/archsurg.2010.44

    • Sinha R, Yegiyants S, Inaba K, Keesara S, Demetriades D. Endovascular Repair for Common Iliac Artery Occlusion Secondary to Blunt Abdominal Trauma: Case report and Review of Literature. Injury Extra. 2009 Nov;40(11):249-250. DOI: 1016/j.injury.2009.07.075

    Additional Information

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