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NYU Langone Provider

Rakesh Singh, MD

NYU Langone Provider
  • Specialty: Pediatric Cardiology
  • Language: English
  • Phone: 212-263-5940
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When a child has a significant heart condition, the diagnosis impacts the entire family. As a pediatric cardiologist, I make a point of listening to everyone—the child, parents, but also siblings and other loved ones. I want to understand a family’s concerns, help them navigate this new world, and give them hope. 

I care for children who have cardiomyopathy, congenital heart disease, or other serious conditions that can lead to heart failure and possibly transplant. The number one question parents have for me is, “What will the future look like for my child?” Can they go to school? Play sports? What will their everyday experiences, and those of the family, be like compared to others? It’s important to me that I understand the entire family’s concerns and goals because we accomplish more when everyone is a part of the child’s care.

The most important thing I tell families is based on what I have seen in my practice: The odds strongly favor your child living a long, healthy life. Most children with heart disease respond very well to treatment, and I have been fortunate enough to watch many of my patients grow into adulthood.

That’s not to say the road isn’t filled with bends and curves. Some forms of complex heart disease are managed well with medications and routine doctor visits. But, for some children, heart disease can progress to heart failure. When that happens, a heart transplant may be the best treatment. The good news is that the vast majority of children do very well after a heart transplant and lead active lives. 

As the medical director of the Pediatric Heart Failure and Transplant Program, I am in charge of all aspects of a child’s care, including managing outpatient heart failure medications, coordinating ventricular assist device (VAD) therapy for children awaiting heart transplant, and overseeing the transplant process. I also work closely with our support team, which includes a social worker and child life specialist, to ensure the social and emotional needs of your child and family are met. 

I grew up in a large family and had the opportunity to watch younger cousins grow, aspire, and achieve. As a pediatric cardiologist, I bring that satisfaction to my work life. I have patients I cared for as infants who are now teenagers and young adults. They send me pictures—one even went skydiving! And that’s exactly why I do what I do, so children can grow into adults who can live out their dreams.


Conditions and Treatments

Conditions
  • single ventricle
  • abnormal heart rhythms
  • hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • congestive heart failure
  • ischemic cardiomyopathy
  • heart muscle disease
  • myocarditis
  • congenital heart disease
  • dilated cardiomyopathy
Treatments
  • heart transplant
  • cardiac care
  • left ventricular assist device

Positions
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Pediatrics (Pediatric Cardiology), 2010
  • American Board of Pediatrics - Pediatrics, 2006
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, New York Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia, Pediatric Heart Failure & Transplant, 2010
  • Fellowship, New York Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia, Pediatric Cardiology, 2009
  • Residency, Yale-New Haven Hospital, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, 2006
  • MD from Duke University, 2002

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This provider accepts the following insurance plans.

  • Aetna
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Indemnity
    • Aetna Medicare
    • Aetna POS
    • Aetna PPO/EPO
  • Amidacare
    • Amidacare
  • Cigna
    • Cigna EPO/POS
    • Cigna PPO
  • ElderPlan
    • ElderPlan
  • Emblem
    • Emblem Select Care Exchange
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
    • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO
    • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
    • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus
    • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus Essential
    • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Indemnity
    • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield MediBlue
    • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
    • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Fidelis
    • Fidelis Child Health
    • Fidelis Essential
    • Fidelis Exchange
    • Fidelis Medicaid
    • Fidelis Medicare
  • GHI
    • GHI CBP
    • GHI HMO
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Locations and Appointments

NYU Langone Fink Children's Ambulatory Care Center

160 East 32nd Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10016

Interests

Pediatric heart failure, Dilated cardiomyopathy, Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, Restrictive cardiomyopathy, Ischemic cardiomyopathy, Cardiomyopathy associated with neuromuscular disease, Myocarditis, Congenital heart disease, Single ventricle , Ventricular assist devices, ECMO

Research Summary

My clinical research focuses on children with heart failure due to cardiomyopathy, congenital or acquired heart disease as well as children after heart transplantation. I am an investigator in the multicenter Pediatric Interagency Registry for Mechanical Circulatory Support (PediMACS) and Pediatric Heart Transplant Society (PHTS) research groups. I have co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed abstracts and publications in the field of pediatric heart failure and transplantation.

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