About Cincinnati Children's

  • Your Child’s Heart Is in Good Hands

    Zion.Zhania and Zion Coleman, a brother and sister growing up with sickle cell disease, receive heart transplants within seven weeks of each other.

    Jason Williams becomes the first person with Duchenne muscular dystrophy in the United States to receive a life-extending cardiac assist device as “destination therapy.”

    Jordan, an active teenager who was playing six sports, discovers a serious heart problem thanks to pioneering work in screening student athletes for the hidden risks of sudden cardiac death.

    These are some of the reasons why 16,000 patients from 42 states and 19 countries have placed their hearts in the hands of the growing team of experts at Cincinnati Children’s Heart Institute. Our cardiology and heart surgery program ranks No. 5 in the 2013-14 list of best children’s hospitals compiled by U.S. News & World Report, a significant increase from No. 8 last year.

    Our Heart Institute, which also was rated No. 3 in the nation by Parents magazine, brings a unique blend of pediatric cardiologists, heart surgeons, cardiac anesthesiologists and scientists together to improve outcomes for children with heart disease. Since the institute was formed in 2008, we have grown from a strong local center to a national and international leader in the field.

    “We are seeing twice as many patients as we did four years ago. We’ve recruited 35 new physicians and launched 12 new clinical programs,” says Jeffrey Towbin, MD, co-director of the Heart Institute. “We’ve expanded from hiring specialists and acquiring the latest technology to training future leaders and helping develop the latest technology.”

    Why We Stand Out

    • Families travel here to receive diagnosis, medical treatment and surgery for the most complex cardiac conditions. The array of services available here ranges from genetic counseling to weight management to heart transplants.
    • Our Cardiomyopathy and Heart Failure Program is the largest in the country, drawing patients and families from all across the US and internationally.
    • Our surgeons are widely respected for their success at repairing heart defects in children, even in the tiniest of newborns.
    • Our specialists are especially skilled at helping young people with heart failure. With the addition last year of David Morales, MD, chief of our Cardiothoracic Surgical Program and co-director of the Heart Institute, Cincinnati Children’s has become a destination for receiving heart-assist devices and a national training center for other surgeons learning how to implant them.
    • Our Adolescent and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program is one of the few in the country that manages the complex medical issues that children born with heart conditions can face as they grow into adulthood.
    • Our Kindervelt Neurodevelopmental, Education and Learning Clinic provides highly sophisticated support for children who face developmental issues, challenges in school, and psychological problems related to their heart disease.
    • Our Cardiovascular Genetics Program offers unique clinical and diagnostic expertise, and is the only one of its kind.
    • And we are a world leader in pediatric cardiac research. We received more than $35 million in research grants last year and published nearly 220 papers. That’s more than nearly any other pediatric cardiac care center.

    In addition to the capabilities within the Heart Institute, Morales, a co-director of the Heart Institute, says he was attracted to Cincinnati Children’s because the entire medical center is committed to excellence and innovation. “We couldn’t do what we do without being part of a great hospital,” Morales says.

    An important goal of the Heart Institute is to share its learnings and experience well beyond the patients who come to Cincinnati.

    “We are committed to making a national and international impact on transforming care,” says Jeffrey Robbins, PhD, also a co-director of the Heart Institute. “There’s nothing else like the Heart Institute in the country and it’s all directed to providing the best patient care now and advancing the field for better care in the future.”