• Your Child’s Heart Is in Good Hands

    When Damon Mallott was born in 1984 with complex heart defects, it took innovative surgical techniques to save his life. Thirty-one years later, surgeons at Cincinnati Children’s used an innovative 3-D model of Damon’s heart to save his life again.

    More than 18,000 patients, including 71 children from 24 countries, placed their hearts in the expert hands of the physicians and surgeons at our Heart Institute in the past year. Our ability to help children – and adults like Damon – with rare and complex conditions is one of the biggest reasons why our program ranks No. 7 in the nation in the 2015-16 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.

    “What makes us different? Our goal is not to perform the most cases, but to perform the most innovative ones,” says David Morales, MD, chief of cardiovascular surgery. “In addition to outstanding care, we conduct extensive 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
    • Surgeons from the Heart Institute who have performed more than 40 heart transplants since 2010 also recently performed the first lung transplant at Cincinnati Children’s. We are one of the few centers worldwide that can perform lung transplants for infants. 
    • More than 30 children have received heart-assist devices here in the past five years. Now we lead a national study of a smaller artificial heart device that could make this breakthrough technology available to children as young as 8 years old.  
    • Our team is a leader at using 3-D printing techniques to plan and practice complex procedures that other pediatric hospitals often will not attempt. “Our imaging capabilities are excellent, but it’s not the same as being able to hold an exact model of the patient’s heart in your hand,” Morales says. 
    • Our cardiomyopathy and heart failure programs are the largest in the country, drawing patients and families from across the United States and from many other nations. 
    • We support children born with heart defects all the way into adulthood through our Adolescent and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program and Adult Fontan Circulation Program.