Rachel J. Weller, MD

Pediatric Cardiology
Pediatrics
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Accepting New Patients
Treats Children
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Overview

From a young age, I knew I wanted to become a pediatrician. I was led to cardiology during my pediatrics residency at Babies Hospital—now NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital—where I witnessed the deep bond that pediatric cardiologists develop with their patients who have congenital heart disease. In my own practice, it has been a privilege to have such close relationships with my patients and their families. It is a joy to watch as children with even the most complex heart problems develop into thriving young adults, thanks to continuous innovations in cardiac surgery, interventional catheterization, and arrhythmia management.

In addition to patients with congenital heart disease, I see children and teenagers with symptoms such as fainting, chest pain, and heart murmurs, as well as children with other anomalies that may be associated with heart problems. Their issues may differ from those of my more complex cardiac patients, but families' concerns about their children's health are the same no matter what the problem is, and they receive the same compassionate care and consideration.

My office on West 86th Street is one of Columbia's pediatric subspecialty practices. I see patients there four days a week with appointments available early morning to late afternoon. It is a full-service office including ECG and echocardiogram machines. I also see patients at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital once a week, and I spend several weeks a year caring for patients in the neonatal cardiac intensive care unit (NCICU).

I also teach pediatric cardiology fellows and other trainees, both on hospital rounds and in my role as director of the pediatric cardiology fellows clinic. I very much enjoy being a faculty mentor for Columbia medical students as well. Most recently, I have been involved in both research and care of children who develop MIS-C (multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children) related to a COVID-19 infection.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Adolescent Cardiology
  • Electrocardiography
  • Non-Invasive Pediatric Cardiology
  • Pediatric Congenital Heart Disease
  • Pediatric Echocardiography
  • Sports Cardiology

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

Gender

  • Female

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Insurance Accepted

Affinity Health Plan

  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Amida Care

  • Special Needs

Cigna

  • EPO
  • Great West (National)
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO

Emblem/GHI

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Emblem/HIP

  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Fidelis Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Healthfirst

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Leaf (Exchange)
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare (National)

  • MagnaCare

Medicare

  • Railroad
  • Traditional Medicare

Multiplan

  • Multiplan

MVP Health Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Quality Health Management

  • Quality Health Management

UnitedHealthcare

  • Compass (Exchange)
  • Empire Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Oxford Freedom
  • Oxford HMO
  • Oxford Liberty
  • POS
  • PPO

WellCare

  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

World Trade Center Health Plan

  • World Trade Center Health Plan

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Yeshiva University
  • Internship: Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian
  • Residency: Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian
  • Fellowship: Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian
  • Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Board Certifications

  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Cardiology

Research

Selected Publications

Choi T,FremedMA, Starc TJ,Weller R, Cheung E, Ferris A, Silver ES andLiberman L. MIS-C and Cardiac Conduction Abnormalities.Pediatrics2020 Dec;146(6):1-7.

Matthew J. Lewis,Brett R. Anderson,Michael Fremed,Melissa Argenio,Usha Krishnan,Rachel Weller,Stéphanie Levasseur,Robert Sommer,Irene D. Lytrivi, Emile A. Bacha,Julie Vincent,Wendy K. Chung,Erika B. Rosenzweig,Thomas J. Starc,Marlon Rosenbaum.Impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID?19) on Patients With Congenital Heart Disease Across the Lifespan: The Experience of an Academic Congenital Heart Disease Center in New York City.J Am Heart Assoc2020 Dec; 9(23)

Denis J. Donovan, Dylan Macciola,Erin A. Paul,Gabriel Rama, Usha Krishnan, Thomas J. Starc,Rachel J. Weller, Julie S. Glickstein.Design and implementation of a patient passport in a pediatric cardiology clinic. Progress in Pediatric Cardiology2020, Dec; Vol 59 101208

Fremed MA, Lytrivi ID, Liberman L, Anderson BR, Barry OM, Choudhury TA, Chrisomalis-Dring S, Ferris A, Glickstein JS, Krishnan U, Levasseur S, Rosenzweig EB, Shah A, Silver ES, Suh S, Turner ME,Weller R, Woo J, and Starc TJ. Cardiac workup and monitoring in hospitalised children with COVID- 19. Cardiol Young2020 Jul;30(7):907-910

Srinivasan, Ranjini MD; Sambatakos, Peter MD; Lane, Mariellen MD; Krishnan, Usha MD; Weller,Rachel MD; Flyer, Jonathan N. MD; Robinson, Keith MD; Glickstein, Julie MD.Successful Increase of Outpatient Clinic Continuity in a Fellowship Quality Improvement Project.Pediatr Qual Saf. 2020,May; 5(3): e306

Ranjini Srinivasan,Rachel Weller,Anjali Chelliah,Andrew J Einstein.Multimodality Cardiac Imaging in a Patient with Kawasaki Disease and Giant Aneurysms.Case Reports in Pediatrics2016(6):1-7

Weller RJ,Weintraub R, Addonizio LJ, Chrisant, MRK, Gersony WM, Hsu DT.Outcome of Idiopathic Restrictive Cardiomyopathy in Children.Am J Cardio 2002 Sep 1; 90(5):501-6