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Michael R Recto, MD

(714) 509-3939


Board Certified:
Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatrics


Dr. Recto is on staff at CHOC Children's Hospital & CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital

CHOC Children's Specialists - Cardiology
505 S. Main Street
Suite 200
Orange, CA 92868
phone: (714) 509-3939
fax: (714) 509-3949
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Children's Hospital of Orange County
1201 W. La Veta Ave.
Orange, CA 92868-3874
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CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital
27700 Medical Center Rd
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
phone: 949-364-1400
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Physician Bio

Dr. Michael Recto is an internationally-recognized expert in the field of interventional pediatric cardiology. He performs complex procedures on children with serious congenital defects including diagnostic cardiac catheterization, interventional cardiac catheterization and pediatric cardiac transplantation. He is involved in research projects and clinical trials. Dr. Recto is a prolific author and has been published over 50 times. .

Dr. Recto is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology. Prior to joining CHOC Children’s, Dr Recto attended medical school at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. He served a rotating internship at Philippine General Hospital followed by an internship and residency in pediatrics at New York University Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital. He completed his fellowship training in pediatric cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and his senior fellowship training in interventional cardiology at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Recto has been consistently awarded the Best Doctor’s in America award. He speaks fluent Tagalog.

Administrative Appointments

  • Division Chief, Cardiology, CHOC Children's Specialists


  • Medical School
    University of the Philippines College of Medicine
  • Pediatrics Residency
    New York University Medical Center, New Nork, NY
  • Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship
    Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY
  • Pediatric Interventional Cardiology Fellowship
    Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, TX

Board Certifications

  • Pediatric Cardiology
    American Board of Pediatrics
  • Pediatrics
    American Board of Pediatrics

Professional Organizations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Medical Association
  • American Heart Association
  • Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions

Editorial Boards

  • Journal of Invasive Cardiology

Published Works

Steed M, Guerra VC, Recto MR, Yang SG, Frieberg E, Fox C, Yeh Jr. Ventricular Septal Avulsion and VEntricular Septal Defect following Blunt Trauma. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2012;94:1714-16.

Rector MR, Doyle S, Yang SG, Massicotte MP, Guerra VC, Yeh Jr T. Right Pulmonary Artery Thrombosis after Hybrid Stage I Pallidation: Resolution following direct TPA infusion. Pediatric Cardiology Online first (DOI) 10.1007/S00246-0120278-8.

Das BB, Raj A, Recto MR, Kong M, Bertolone S. Utility of Impedance Cardiographyfor the Detection of Hemodynamic Changes in Stable Patients with Sickle Cell Disease. Journal of Pediatric HEmatology and Oncology 2012 Jul;34(5):336-9.

Recto MR, Doyle S, Stohs M, Yang SG, Guerra VC, YEh Jr T. Contraction of the Amplatzer VAscular Plug I & II in Pulmonary Artery and Systemic Venous Collateral Vessels is Safe and of No Hemodynamic Consequence in Short and Mid-Term Follow-up. Journal of Invasive Cardiology 2012; 24(4)145-150.

Ellis D, Guerra VC, Pridjian G, Recto MR. Possible Association Between Maternal Lithium Therapy and PRemature Closure of the Patent Ductus Arteriosus. Manuscript accepted for Publication Journal of Reproductive Medicine. November 2011.

Kim E, Recto MR, Austin EH III, MAscio C. Left Pulmonary Artery Sling, Artopulmonary Window and Long Segment Tracheal Stenosis. Manuscritp Submitted to The Journal of Cardiac Surgery. October 2010.

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