• Your Child’s Heart Is in Good Hands

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

    Tiernee Gonzalez, a childhood cancer survivor, lived with an artificial heart while she waited for a life-saving transplant.

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

    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. 9 in the nation in the 2014-15 list of best children’s hospitals compiled by U.S. News & World Report.

    Our Heart Institute 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 become a national and international leader in the field.

    “We have families and other physicians coming to us from all over the world to receive and learn about the most advanced medical and surgical therapies for the most complex cardiac conditions,” says David Morales, MD, chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Heart Institute. “In addition to outstanding care, we conduct groundbreaking research and we train many other specialists who go on to practice in many other medical centers.”

    What Makes Us 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. Cincinnati Children’s has become a destination for children receiving heart-assist devices and a national training center for other surgeons learning how to implant them.
    • Our new Adult Fontan Circulation Program provides careful surveillance and therapy as children born with this heart defect grow into adulthood.
    • 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 team recently developed the Heart Institute Encyclopedia to provide easily accessible information on cardiac diseases, defects, disorders, and problems that may affect a child's heart.
    • Our Cardiovascular Genetics Program offers unique clinical and diagnostic expertise, and is the only one of its kind.