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Michael Ralston, MD


cardiac imaging, cardiac MRI, echocardiography


Michael Ralston, MD, is a pediatric cardiologist at Dayton Children's. 

education and training

  • medical school: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • residency: Columbus Children's Hospital, pediatrics
  • fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital, pediatric cardiology
  • internship: Columbus Children's Hospital
  • board certification: Pediatrics and pediatric cardiology

publications and presentations

  • Lewin M and Ralston M (reviewers); Pickoff AS (section editor); Hannaman RA (editor).Cardiology. Pediatrics Review Core Curriculum 2014;6(ed);Chapter 12:1-42.
  • Abdurrahman L, Bockoven JR, Pickoff AS, Ralston MA, Ross JE. Pediatric cardiology update: office-based practice of pediatric cardiology for the primary care provider. Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care 2003;33:313-352.
  • Bissler JJ, Tsoras M, Goring HHH, Hug P, Chuck G, Tombragel E, McGraw C, Schlotman J, Ralston MA, Hug G. Infantile dilated X-linked cardiomyopathy, G4.5 mutations, altered lipids, and ultrastructural malformations of mitochondria in heart, liver, and skeletal muscle. Laboratory Investigation 2002;82:335-344.
  • Kimball TR, Ralston M, Khoury P, Crump R, Cho F, Reuter JH. The effect of ligation of the patent ductus arteriosus on the left ventricular performance and its determinants in premature neonates. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 1996;27:193-197.
  • Ralston MA, Knilans TK, Hannon DW, Daniels SR. The use of adenosine for diagnosis and treatment of tachyarrhythmias in pediatric patients. Journal of Pediatrics 1994;124:139-143.
  • Koenig PR, Ralston MA, Kimball TR, Meyer RA, Daniels SSR, Schwartz DC. Balloon atrial septostomy for left ventricular decompression in patients receiving extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for myocardial failure. Journal of Pediatrics 1993;122:S95-99.
  • Ralston MA, Murnane MR, Unverferth DV, Leier CV. Serum and tissue magnesium concentrations in patients with heart failure and serious ventricular arrhythmias. Annals of Internal Medicine 1990;113:841-846.
  • Ralston MA, Murnane MR, Kelley RE, Altschuld RA, Unverferth DV, Leier CV. Magnesium content of serum, circulating mononuclear cells, skeletal muscle, and myocardium in congestive heart failure. Circulation 1989;80:573-580.
  • Ralston MA, Ralston JT, Teske DW. Total anomalous pulmonary venous connection: a twenty-five year experience. Pediatric Reviews and Communications 1989;3:227-234.
  • Ralston MA, Teske DW. Complete absence of pulmonary veins. Clinical Cardiology 1988;11:272-275.

get to know me

I chose my specialty because...

of the tremendous impact Cardiology can have in the lives of children with congenital heart disease.

I chose to work at Dayton Children's because...

Dayton is a great city to raise a family.

ratings and reviews
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Dayton Survey

Dr. Ralston appeared to be very knowledgeable about cardiology. He was kind with my baby and made sure she was comfortable during her exam.I was extremely impressed with the nurse we had. Her name was Noel and she was fantastic! I could not have asked for a better nurse. She was thorough, yet gentle. I was so impressed with her!

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Dayton Survey

Dr. Ralston was wonderful! He was great with my daughter and made her feel very comfortable, I would recommend him to anyone looking for a cardiologist for their child.

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Dayton Survey

Dr. Ralston was very compassionate and demonstrated a tremendous level of competence. His interaction with our daughter was professional, polite and appropriate for her age and understanding of her symptoms.

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Dayton Survey

I would tell my friends and family that my experience with Dr. Ralston and staff was one that would make me highly recommend Dr. and staff.

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