Two numbers stand out at the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children’s: 20,842 and 11.

The first number is the total number of outpatient visits in the past year, a 38 percent increase from just five years ago. The second number is the weight in pounds of the smallest baby on which our team performed a lung transplant. We are one of the few centers worldwide that can perform lung transplants for infants.

Both numbers represent remarkable achievements for an institute known for many.

The stories behind those two numbers are among the biggest reasons why our Cardiology and Heart Surgery program ranks No. 8 in the nation in the 2016-17 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 James Tweddell, MD, surgical director and co-director of the Heart Institute. David Morales, MD, director, Congenital Heart Surgery, adds, “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.
  • Our cardiac catheterization team continues to advance its efforts with transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement (TPVR), allowing patients with native or patch-augmented right ventricular outflow tracts (RVOT) to undergo a pulmonary valve replacement procedure while avoiding open-heart surgery.
  • The Parent Education Discharge Instruction (PEDI) Program is a nurse-parent program that consists of a discharge education training program for nurses, individualized and group teaching sessions for parents, and standardized parent education materials designed for both literate and low-literacy parents. The PEDI program educates parents pre-operation and continues through their child’s discharge.
  • Surgeons here have become leaders at using 3D 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 amongst the largest in the country, drawing patients and families from across the U.S. 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.