Dr. Ryan Butts graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in Economics and Biology. He was awarded his M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2005, and completed his Pediatrics residency in Houston at Texas Children’s Hospital. He returned to South Carolina for his Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship, where he was on faculty from 2011 until 2016.


Medical School
Medical University of South Carolina (2005)
Baylor College of Medicine (2008), Pediatrics
Medical University of South Carolina (2011), Pediatric Cardiology

Specialty Areas

Clinical Interest

  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Research Interest

    • Heart failure in single ventricle patients
    • Outcomes after pediatric heart transplantation
    • Pediatric heart failure


    Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

    A preliminary comparison of two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography and pressure-volume loop analysis in patients with Fontan physiology: The role of ventricular morphology.
    Steflik D, Butts RJ, Baker GH, Bandisode V, Savage A, Atz AM, Chowdhury SM Echocardiography 2017 Jul
    Effects of persistent Fontan fenestration patency on cardiopulmonary exercise testing variables.
    Heal ME, Jackson LB, Atz AM, Butts RJ Congenit Heart Dis 2017 Jun
    Characteristics of Clinically Diagnosed Pediatric Myocarditis in a Contemporary Multi-Center Cohort.
    Butts RJ, Boyle GJ, Deshpande SR, Gambetta K, Knecht KR, Prada-Ruiz CA, Richmond ME, West SC, Lal AK Pediatr Cardiol 2017 May
    Autoimmune enteropathy and hepatitis in pediatric heart transplant recipient.
    Lewis K, Butts R, Antonio Quiros J, Hudspeth M, Twombley K, Savage A, Self S, Burnette A, Sun S Pediatr Transplant 2017 Jan
    Decline in ventricular function as a result of general anesthesia in pediatric heart transplant recipients.
    Elhoff JJ, Chowdhury SM, Taylor CL, Hassid M, Savage AJ, Atz AM, Butts RJ Pediatr Transplant 2016 Oct
    Validation of Noninvasive Measures of Left Ventricular Mechanics in Children: A Simultaneous Echocardiographic and Conductance Catheterization Study.
    Chowdhury SM, Butts RJ, Taylor CL, Bandisode VM, Chessa KS, Hlavacek AM, Shirali GS, Baker GH J Am Soc Echocardiogr 2016 Jul 29 7 640-7
    Effect of Induction Therapy on Graft Survival in Primary Pediatric Heart Transplantation: A Propensity Score Analysis of the UNOS Database.
    Butts R, Davis M, Savage A, Burnette A, Kavarana M, Bradley S, Atz A, Nietert PJ Transplantation 2016 Jun
    A multi-institutional evaluation of antibody-mediated rejection utilizing the Pediatric Heart Transplant Study database: Incidence, therapies and outcomes.
    Thrush PT, Pahl E, Naftel DC, Pruitt E, Everitt MD, Missler H, Zangwill S, Burch M, Hoffman TM, Butts R, Mahle WT J. Heart Lung Transplant. 2016 Jun
    Adverse events in children implanted with ventricular assist devices in the United States: Data from the Pediatric Interagency Registry for Mechanical Circulatory Support (PediMACS).
    Rosenthal DN, Almond CS, Jaquiss RD, Peyton CE, Auerbach SR, Morales DR, Epstein DJ, Cantor RS, Kormos RL, Naftel DC, Butts RJ, Ghanayem NS, Kirklin JK, Blume ED J. Heart Lung Transplant. 2016 May 35 5 569-77
    Statin therapy is not associated with improved outcomes after heart transplantation in children and adolescents.
    Greenway SC, Butts R, Naftel DC, Pruitt E, Kirklin JK, Larsen I, Urschel S, Knecht K, Law Y J. Heart Lung Transplant. 2016 Apr 35 4 457-65


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    Honors & Awards

    • Mitchell I. Rubin Research Award
      Department of Pediatrics, Medical University of South Carolina (2016)
    • AHA CVDY Early Career Investigator Finalist
    • Nominated for Golden Apple Teaching Award
      MUSC Children’s Hospital (2013)

    Professional Associations/Affiliations

    • American Heart Association
    • International Society of Heart and Lung Transplant
    • Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society