David A. Parra, M.D.

Associate Professor

Faculty Appointments
Associate Professor of Pediatrics Assistant Professor of MedicineAssociate Professor of Radiology & Radiological Sciences
M.D., Medicine, Universidad Central del Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador
Office Address
2200 Children's way suite 5230
Clinical Description
David Parra, M.D., earned his medical degree from Central University of Ecuador. He completed his Pediatric residency at Miami Children’s Hospital and his fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. He joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2004, and he is currently Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Radiology. He also serves as the Director, Pediatric Cardiology Imaging Laboratory. His research focus is using MRI to do T1 mapping on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy to detect early cardiomyopathy, heart muscle disease.
Puchalski MD, Lui GK, Miller-Hance WC, Brook MM, Young LT, Bhat A, Roberson DA, Mercer-Rosa L, Miller OI, Parra DA, Burch T, Carron HD, Wong PC. Guidelines for Performing a Comprehensive Transesophageal Echocardiographic: Examination in Children and All Patients with Congenital Heart Disease: Recommendations from the American Society of Echocardiography. J Am Soc Echocardiogr [print-electronic]. 2018 Dec 12/19/2018; PMID: 30579694, PII: S0894-7317(18)30475-9, DOI: 10.1016/j.echo.2018.08.016, ISSN: 1097-6795.

Selamet Tierney ES, Levine JC, Sleeper LA, Roman MJ, Bradley TJ, Colan SD, Chen S, Campbell MJ, Cohen MS, De Backer J, Heydarian H, Hoskoppal A, Lai WW, Liou A, Marcus E, Nutting A, Olson AK, Parra DA, Pearson GD, Pierpont ME, Printz BF, Pyeritz RE, Ravekes W, Sharkey AM, Srivastava S, Young L, Lacro RV, . Influence of Aortic Stiffness on Aortic-Root Growth Rate and Outcome in Patients With the Marfan Syndrome. Am. J. Cardiol [print-electronic]. 2018 May 5/1/2018; 121(9): 1094-101. PMID: 29631804, PMCID: PMC5927832, PII: S0002-9149(18)30158-9, DOI: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2018.01.016, ISSN: 1879-1913.

Simpson SA, Field SL, Xu M, Saville BR, Parra DA, Soslow JH. Effect of Weight Extremes on Ventricular Volumes and Myocardial Strain in Repaired Tetralogy of Fallot as Measured by CMR. Pediatr Cardiol [print-electronic]. 2018 Mar; 39(3): 575-84. PMID: 29238854, PMCID: PMC5831485, PII: 10.1007/s00246-017-1793-4, DOI: 10.1007/s00246-017-1793-4, ISSN: 1432-1971.

Raees MA, Mazhar D, Christensen JT, Parra DA, Killen S, Bichell DP. Bidirectional Inferior Cavopulmonary Anastomosis: Pre-Fontan Interim Palliation. Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2017 Oct; 104(4): e329-e331. PMID: 28935329, PII: S0003-4975(17)30659-8, DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2017.04.056, ISSN: 1552-6259.

Raucci FJ, Parra DA, Christensen JT, Hernandez LE, Markham LW, Xu M, Slaughter JC, Soslow JH. Synthetic hematocrit derived from the longitudinal relaxation of blood can lead to clinically significant errors in measurement of extracellular volume fraction in pediatric and young adult patients. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson. 2017 Aug 8/2/2017; 19(1): 58. PMID: 28768519, PMCID: PMC5541652, PII: 10.1186/s12968-017-0377-z, DOI: 10.1186/s12968-017-0377-z, ISSN: 1532-429X.

Soslow JH, Xu M, Slaughter JC, Stanley M, Crum K, Markham LW, Parra DA. Evaluation of Echocardiographic Measures of Left Ventricular Function in Patients with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: Assessment of Reproducibility and Comparison to Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging. J Am Soc Echocardiogr [print-electronic]. 2016 Oct; 29(10): 983-91. PMID: 27544870, PMCID: PMC5055428, PII: S0894-7317(16)30301-7, DOI: 10.1016/j.echo.2016.07.001, ISSN: 1097-6795.

Parra DA. Can echocardiography estimate kidney perfusion during renal transplantation? [editorial]. Pediatr Transplant [print-electronic]. 2016 Sep; 20(6): 736-7. PMID: 27448777, DOI: 10.1111/petr.12757, ISSN: 1399-3046.

Soslow JH, Usoro E, Wang L, Parra DA. Evaluation of tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion measured with cardiac MRI in children with tetralogy of Fallot. Cardiol Young [print-electronic]. 2016 Apr; 26(4): 718-24. PMID: 26279488, PMCID: PMC4757514, PII: S1047951115001456, DOI: 10.1017/S1047951115001456, ISSN: 1467-1107.

Walker TC, Renno MS, Parra DA, Guthrie SO. Neonatal ventricular fibrillation and an elusive ALCAPA: things are not always as they seem. BMJ Case Rep. 2016 Mar 3/31/2016; 2016: PMID: 27033289, PMCID: PMC4840740, PII: bcr-2015-214239, DOI: 10.1136/bcr-2015-214239, ISSN: 1757-790X.

Soslow JH, Damon SM, Crum K, Lawson MA, Slaughter JC, Xu M, Arai AE, Sawyer DB, Parra DA, Damon BM, Markham LW. Increased myocardial native T1 and extracellular volume in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson. 2016 Jan 1/21/2016; 18: 5. PMID: 26795569, PMCID: PMC4722665, PII: 10.1186/s12968-016-0224-7, DOI: 10.1186/s12968-016-0224-7, ISSN: 1532-429X.

Soslow JH, Damon BM, Saville BR, Lu Z, Burnette WB, Lawson MA, Parra DA, Sawyer DB, Markham LW. Evaluation of post-contrast myocardial t1 in duchenne muscular dystrophy using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. Pediatr Cardiol [print-electronic]. 2015 Jan; 36(1): 49-56. PMID: 25070387, PMCID: PMC4439095, DOI: 10.1007/s00246-014-0963-x, ISSN: 1432-1971.

Soslow JH, Kavanaugh-McHugh A, Wang L, Saurers DL, Kaushik N, Killen SA, Parra DA. A clinical prediction model to estimate the risk for coarctation of the aorta in the presence of a patent ductus arteriosus. J Am Soc Echocardiogr [print-electronic]. 2013 Dec; 26(12): 1379-87. PMID: 24070640, PMCID: PMC3915292, PII: S0894-7317(13)00658-5, DOI: 10.1016/j.echo.2013.08.016, ISSN: 1097-6795.

Parra DA, Vera K. New imaging modalities to assess cardiac function: not just pretty pictures. Curr. Opin. Pediatr. 2012 Oct; 24(5): 557-64. PMID: 22935758, DOI: 10.1097/MOP.0b013e328357bae3, ISSN: 1531-698X.

Kaushik N, Eckrich MJ, Parra D, Yang E. Chronically transfused pediatric sickle cell patients are protected from cardiac iron overload. Pediatr Hematol Oncol [print-electronic]. 2012 Apr; 29(3): 254-60. PMID: 22303979, DOI: 10.3109/08880018.2011.630774, ISSN: 1521-0669.

Soslow JH, Parra DA, Bichell DP, Dodd DA. Left ventricular hernia in a pediatric transplant recipient: case report and review of the literature. Pediatr Cardiol [print-electronic]. 2009 Jan; 30(1): 55-8. PMID: 18535755, DOI: 10.1007/s00246-008-9245-9, ISSN: 0172-0643.

Chappell T, Creech CB, Parra D, Strauss A, Scholl F, Whitney G. Presentation of pulmonary artery intimal sarcoma in an infant with a history of neonatal valvular pulmonic stenosis. Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2008 Mar; 85(3): 1092-4. PMID: 18291210, PII: S0003-4975(07)01869-3, DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2007.08.072, ISSN: 1552-6259.

Stratemann S, Dzurik Y, Fish F, Parra D. Left ventricular cardiac fibroma in a child presenting with ventricular tachycardia. Pediatr Cardiol [print-electronic]. 2008 Jan; 29(1): 223-6. PMID: 17849072, DOI: 10.1007/s00246-007-9083-1, ISSN: 0172-0643.

Graham TP, Markham L, Parra DA, Bichell D. Congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries: an update. Curr Treat Options Cardiovasc Med. 2007 Oct; 9(5): 407-13. PMID: 17897570, ISSN: 1092-8464.

Liske MR, Kavanaugh-McHugh AL, Parra DA. Isolated infundibuloarterial inversion. Pediatr Cardiol. 2006 Mar; 27(2): 289-92. PMID: 16463129, DOI: 10.1007/s00246-005-1048-7, ISSN: 0172-0643.

Rhodes M, Lautz T, Kavanaugh-Mchugh A, Manes B, Calder C, Koyama T, Liske M, Parra D, Frangoul H. Pericardial effusion and cardiac tamponade in pediatric stem cell transplant recipients. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2005 Jul; 36(2): 139-44. PMID: 15908968, PII: 1705023, DOI: 10.1038/sj.bmt.1705023, ISSN: 0268-3369.