Avichal Aggarwal, MD, has practiced medicine since 1990 and is dedicated to providing comprehensive care for patients with heart defects. He makes it a priority to be accessible so patients can contact him regarding their care. Dr. Aggarwal has worked and trained in several countries around the world. He has gained valuable experience, influencing his ability to care for patients from diverse cultural backgrounds.

When not seeing patients, Dr. Aggarwal enjoys playing tennis, listening to music, and spending time with my family.


Medical School
Odessa State Medical University, Ukraine
Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA

Areas of Interest

Clinical Interests

Heart Failure and Transplantation


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  • Rakesh Donthula, Lauren S. Talley, Dilachew Achiko Adebo, Avichal Aggarwal, Jorge Salazar, Matthew Brown, Santosh C. Uppu, SUCCESSFUL LATE 1.5 VENTRICULAR CONVERSION IN FAILING FONTAN (Poster accepted at ACC 22)
  • WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM HUMANITARIAN ACTIVITIES FOR CONGENITAL HEART DEFECTS? Antonio F. Corno, Avichal Aggarwal, Tina O. Findley, Jon M. Meliones, Jorge D. Salazar.
  • A Aggarwal. Cardiac Transplantation in neonates and infants. Book Chapter for, “A multidisciplinary approach to perinatal cardiology” Published May 2021.
  • H Sanandajifar, A Aggarwal. 1191-208: Management of Severe Persistent Diastolic Dysfunction and Acute Renal Failure After Pediatric Heart Transplantation. (ACC, March 2018) ,MarcCardiology1, Batson Children’s Hospital Heart Cent 
  • Avichal Aggarwal, MD Two interesting success/struggle stories of bridging from ventricular assist device (VAD) to heart transplant, despite challenges of a small/new program”, Pediatric Heart Transplant Summit, Sept, 2017 in Seattle for a moderated poster session.
  • Tynes, B. Kogon, A. Dodge-Khatami, A. Aggarwal, J. Knudson. An unusual advanced case of subacute endocarditis with mycotic pseudoaneurysm. 13th International Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society (PCICS) Conference, Washington, D.C., USA, December 6-8, 2017
  • Dodge-Khatami J, Aggarwal A, Taylor MB, Maposa D, Salazar JD, Dodge-Khatami A. Fontan completion in reverse order out of necessity: secondary Glenn after primary extra-cardiac inferior cavopulmonary artery connection. Cardiol Young. 2017 Jul;27(5):925-928. doi: 10.1017/S1047951116001839. Epub 2016 Oct 28.
  • Dodge-Khatami J, Dodge-Khatami A, Knudson JD, Seals SR, Aggarwal A, Taylor MB, Salazar JD Alternative strategies in newborns and infants with major co-morbidities to improve congenital heart surgery outcomes at an emerging programme Cardiol Young. 2016 Mar;26(3):485-92
  • Ebeid MR, Batlivala SP, Salazar JD, Eddine AC, Aggarwal A, Dodge-Khatami A, Maposa D, Taylor MB. Percutaneous Closure of Perimembranous Ventricular Septal Defects Using the Second-Generation Amplatzer Vascular Occluders Am J Cardiol. 2016 Jan 1;117(1):127-30. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2015.10.010.
  • Ali Dodge-Khatami 1, Avichal Aggarwal 2, Mary B. Taylor 2,3, Douglas Maposa 4,
    Jorge D. Salazar When the Bidirectional Glenn is an Unfavorable Option: Inferior Cavopulmonary Connection as an Alternative Palliation Cardiology in the Young
  • Marco Pinder, M.D.(1)*; Jarrod D. Knudson, M.D., Ph.D.(2)*; Andrew Rivard, M.D.(3); Kristen H. Miller, M.D.(3); Daniel J. DiBardino, M.D.(4); Jorge D. Salazar, M.D.(4); Avichal Aggarwal, M.D.(5) Importance of Screening for Coarctation of the Aorta in Pediatrics Patients Mississippi State Medical Journal, 2015
  • DiBardino DJ, Aggarwal A, Knudson JD. Off-pump snare technique for congenital left atrial appendage aneurysm. Cardiol Young. 2014 Jun;24(3):555-8
  • Dhillon, MD, A. Aggarwal, MD1, J. Knudson, MD1, D Shakti, MD1, A. Dodge-Khatami, MD2 Mycotic Right Ventricular Wall Pseudoaneurysm Complicating Right Ventricular-Pulmonary Artery Shunt Stump after Single Ventricle Palliation UMMC Research Day
  • My-Linh D. Ngo MD, Avichal Aggarwal MD and Jarrod D. Knudson, MD Peripheral Pulmonary Artery Stenosis: An Unusual Case and Discussion of Genetic Associations, Congenit Heart Dis. 2014 Sep-Oct;9(5):448-52. doi: 10.1111/chd.12198. Epub 2014 Jun 25
  • Cauveh Erami, MD, Ahmad Charaf-Eddine, MD, Avichal Aggarwal, MD
    Andrew L. Rivard, MD, Henry W. Giles, MD
    Michael J. Nowicki, MD Dysphagia Lusoria in an Infant The Journal of Pediatrics
    Volume 162, Issue 6, Pages 1289-1290, June 2013
  • Makram Ebeid, Mary Anne Kosek, Avichal Aggarwal, Charles Gaymes TRANSHEPATIC CLOSURE OF THE PERSISTENTLY PATENT DUCTUS ARTERIOSUS (PDA) Cath and cardiovascular interventions vol 79 issue 5:S17 ( P -29) April
  • Aggarwal A, Lee S, Moskowitz M, Myocardial dysfunction in children infected with respiratory Syncytial virus” at the resident and fellows research day at VCUHS (won second best poster award out of 60 posters).
  • Dhuper S, Aggarwal A, Arora S, Weichbrod L, Echocardiographic assessment of systolic and diastolic function in overweight vs. normal weight children. “Pediatric Academic societies” in Toronto, Canada, May 2007 (Poster and platform).
  • Dhuper S, Agarwalla V, Rosemary S, Aggarwal A, Cohen H, Comparing age modified NCEP vs. WHO definitions for diagnosis of metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance in overweight children and adolescents (Poster).
  • Madhusmita Misra, Avichal Aggarwal, Karen K Miller, David B Herzog, Anne Klibanski, “Effects of Anorexia Nervosa on Clinical, Hematological, Biochemical and Bone Density Parameters in Community Dwelling Adolescent Girls”. Pediatrics. 2004 Dec; 114(6):1574-83 (first two authors contributed equally).
  • Misra M, Miller KK, Almazan C, Ramaswamy K, Aggarwal A, Herzog DB, Neubauer G, Breu J, Klibanski A, “Hormonal and body composition predictors of soluble leptin receptor, leptin, and free leptin index in adolescent girls with anorexia nervosa and controls and relation to insulin sensitivity”. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2004 Jul;89(7):3486-95.
  • Madhusmita Misra, Karen K. Miller , David B. Herzog, Avichal Aggarwal, Cecilia Almazan, Gregory Neubauer, Jeff Breu, Anne Klibanski, “Growth Hormone and Ghrelin Responses to an Oral Glucose Load in Adolescent Girls with Anorexia Nervosa and Controls”. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2004 Apr;89(4):1605-12.
  • Madhusmita Misra, Karen K Miller, Jennnifer Bjornson, Annie Hackman, Avichal Aggarwal, Joyce Chung, Melissa Ott, David B Herzog, Michael L Johnson, Anne Klibanski, “Alteration in Growth Hormone Secretory Dynamics in Adolescent Girls with Anorexia Nervosa and Effects on Bone Metabolism”. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 2003 Dec; 88: 5615-5623.
  • Misra M, Miller KK, Aggarwal A, Hackman A, Herzog DB, Levitsky LL, Johnson ML, Klibanski A, “Growth Hormone Dynamics and Response to OGTT in Adolescent Girls with Anorexia Nervosa and Controls”, Endocrine Society meeting at Philadelphia, 2003. (Abstract).