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Expert Care for Children’s Congenital Heart and Vascular Conditions

The Congenital Heart Collaborative at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital features a nationally recognized team of heart specialists including pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons and pediatric cardiologists. All of our specialists have extensive pediatric training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of congenital heart conditions.

For children of all ages, the heart specialists at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital have the experience and expertise to care for any congenital heart condition that you or your child may have. From diagnosis to treatment and recovery, our pediatric heart team provides comprehensive support and the lifelong care you depend on.


Most Extensive and Experienced Pediatric Heart Team

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Our 75 years of specialized training in pediatric and adult congenital cardiac conditions gives our team of pediatric and adult congenital heart care specialists expertise diagnosing and managing all forms of heart problems, from common conditions such as palpitations and murmurs to complex structural heart disease.

This expertise covers the full range of congenital and acquired heart diseases, giving families access to one of the most extensive and experienced cardiac programs in Ohio, including:

  • Fetal cardiology
  • General pediatric cardiology
  • Pediatric interventional cardiology
  • Pediatric electrophysiology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Pediatric cardiac surgery
  • Pediatric cardiac intensive care
  • Advanced cardiac imaging
  • Pediatric cardiac anesthesiology
  • Adult congenital heart disease
  • Basic science research
  • Genetics
  • Psychology
  • Neurodevelopmental specialists
  • Pediatric advanced practice nurses

As a Nurse Magnet facility, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital is recognized for nursing excellence. Many of our nurses have achieved honors and awards for extraordinary compassionate care.


Comprehensive Care for the Most Complex Issues

UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital has teamed up with Nationwide Children’s Hospital to form the Congenital Heart Collaborative to provide the most comprehensive and advanced pediatric and adult congenital heart care services in the region. The Congenital Heart Collaborative provides families in Northeast Ohio access to the most advanced technology, leading research and combined expertise of the top pediatric heart specialists and heart surgeons in the nation. This high level of pediatric heart specialization makes UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital a true leader in the field of congenital heart disease. We possess the skill to take care of any child or adult with the most complex cardiac conditions.

This partnership provides more options for families that otherwise had limited choices for treatment of the most complex congenital heart disorders. Our teams work together with a multidisciplinary team approach, using state-of-the-art diagnostics, innovative treatments and quality measures for improved outcomes for all of our patients and their families.


A Team of Experts and Ohio’s Most Advanced Hybrid Catheterization/Surgical Suite Innovation Delivers Surgical Excellence

Our board-certified and fellowship-trained team has both congenital cardiac surgery and thoracic cardiovascular surgery expertise, giving us the surgical skill to correct the most complex structural cardiac conditions. We use the most innovative techniques when heart surgery is required, drawing from our national recognition and decades of experience caring for patients with congenital and acquired heart disease.

Cutting-edge technology in Ohio’s most advanced hybrid cardiac catheterization and surgical suites allows our team to perform even the most complex interventional cardiology procedures – using the most advanced imaging available worldwide. Our angiography suites offer the highest resolution imaging capability with noise filtering processing and 3-D rotational capability – and all while delivering optimal patient comfort.

This advanced imaging technology provides the very highest imaging resolution at the same time it improves patient safety through reduced radiation doses and real-time dose tracking. In addition, this advanced technology offers fusion of previous cardiac CT or MRI imaging – so our team can review 3-D assessments without any additional radiation exposure to our patients.

Located in the Heart Center at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, our specialized team can efficiently transport even the most critically ill congenital heart patients from the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit, Cardiac Step-down Unit or the Labor and Delivery Unit of University Hospitals MacDonald Women’s Hospital.


Emotional Support Across Every Stage of Heart Care

Beyond exceptional medical treatment, our multidisciplinary heart care team ensures your child is able to cope with the possible challenges of complex care. We have a Child Life Specialist dedicated to the pediatric heart center who provides assistance to families and children facing difficult procedures and hospitalizations. In addition, we also provide a wide range of learning programs for our patients.

We understand that you’ll have many questions and concerns about your child’s healthcare needs. Our team takes the time to explain every step of the diagnosis and treatment for your child – for the clinical care, but also the support needed along the way, including:

  • Dietitians
  • Physical and occupational therapists
  • Social workers
  • Child life specialists
  • Clinical psychologists
  • Genetics
  • Full access to all pediatric clinical specialists
  • Immediate proximity to award winning Adult services to help address the unusual issues that arise in caring for adults with congenital heart disease
  • Full access to all cardiovascular clinical specialists at UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute

Working collaboratively with the medical team and family, our team provides emotional support and helps answer all of your questions and additionally manage any anxiety you may encounter during this stressful time.

As part of our family-centered approach to pediatric cardiology care, we provide ongoing consultations, education and resources from before birth through adulthood, so you know what to expect and how to take care of your child.


Learn More about Our Heart Program

For more information or to learn more about our pediatric congenital heart and heart surgery services, please call 855-977-3048.

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