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Ira Parness

  • PROFESSOR Pediatrics, Cardiology
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  • Pediatric Cardiology

  • American Board of Pediatrics

Clinical Focus

  • Complex congenital heart disease
  • Fetal Echocardiography
  • Pediatric And/Or Congenital Echocardiography
  • Pediatric chest palpitations


  • MD, S.U.N.Y., Health Science Center

  • Residency, Pediatrics
    Brookdale Hospital Medical Center

  • Residency, Pediatrics
    Brookdale Hospital Medical Center

  • Fellowship, Cardiology Peds
    Children's Hospital


    Ira A. Parness, MD holds the Richard J. Golinko Endowed Professorship and is Chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at the Icahn School of Medicine and Mount Sinai Hospital.  Dr. Parness received his B.A. magna cum laude from Touro College and his M.D. cum laude from SUNY- Downstate.  After his pediatric (and chief ) residency at Brookdale Hospital, Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Parness completed pediatric cardiology fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School where, from 1985-1992, he served as a Pediatric Cardiology attending and director of pediatric heart transplantation.

    Recruited to Mount Sinai in 1992 as Director of Pediatric Echocardiography and Associate Division Director, Dr. Parness became the Pediatric Cardiology Division Chief in 1997 and served as co-director of Mount Sinai’s Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship through March 2012. Dr. Parness is an internationally recognized expert echocardiographer with special interests in complex congenital heart disease, preoperative cardiac surgical planning and fetal cardiology.  An author/co-author of over 70 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, review articles and an innovative video teaching collection, Dr. Parness has received numerous awards, including the prestigious American Society of Echocardiography’s inaugural Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006.  He is a frequently invited lecturer at national meetings.  The recipient of Mount Sinai’s 1997 “Attending of the Year” award, Dr. Parness has been named to nearly every annual or bi-annual list of NY magazine’s Best Doctors, Castle-Connolly’s America’s and NY Metro Region Top Doctors, Consumer’s Research Council’s Guide to America’s Top Pediatricians and New York Times Magazine’s Super Doctors.

    The Division of Pediatric Cardiology was one of the sponsors of the 23rd Annual Valentine's Reunion Party which was featured in INSIDE MOUNT SINAI.

    In the News

    Dr. Parness discusses fetal cardiology in The Daily News feature The Daily Check Up.
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    America's Top Doctors, 4th ed.

  • 2004 -
    Best Doctors
    NY Magazine

  • 2004 -
    Top Doctors, New York Metro Area, 8th ed.
    Castle Connolly


Nielsen JC, Kamenir SA, Ko HS, Lai WW, Parness IA. Ventricular septal flattening at end systole falsely predicts right ventricular hypertension in patients with ostium primum atrial septal defects. J Am Soc Echocardiogr 2002 Mar; 15(3): 247-52.

Torres AJ, Srivastava S, Parness IA, Bridges ND. Echocardiographic predictors of failure in patients undergoing coil occlusion of patent ductus arteriosus. J Am Soc Echocardiogr 2003 Oct; 16(10): 1063-7.

Sharma S, Parness IA, Kamenir SA, Ko H, Haddow S, Steinberg LG, Lai WW. Screening Fetal Echocardiography by Telemedicine: Efficacy and Community Acceptance. J Am Soc Echocardiogr 2003 Mar; 16(3): 202-8.

Zeltser I, Parness IA, Ko H, Holzman IR, Kamenir SA. Midaortic Syndrome in the Fetus and Premature Newborn: A New Etiology of Nonimmune Hydrops Fetalis and Reversible Fetal Cardiomyopathy. Pediatrics 2003 Jun; 111(6): 1437-42.

Lytrivi ID, Ko HH, Srivastava S, Norton K, Goldman J, Parness IA, Lai WW, Nielsen JC. Regional differences in right ventricular systolic function as determined by cine magnetic resonance imaging after infundibulotomy. Am J Cardiol 2004 Oct; 94(7): 970-3.

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Dr. Parness did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2017 and/or 2018: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

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