Be it conducting urgent, complex surgery to rescue a child born with a heart defect, or helping an adult live well years after their procedure, our growing Cardiology and Heart Surgery program ranks among the best in the field at taking on the toughest cases.

We are experts in complex heart repair and transplantation surgery. We train other doctors from around the world on how to use the latest cardiac support devices. We conduct groundbreaking research to discover new ways to help damaged hearts heal.

These are just some of the reasons why our Cardiology and Heart Surgery program ranks No. 6 in the nation in the 2017-18 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?

  • 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.
  • 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 here are leaders at using 3D printing techniques and other computer imaging tools to plan and practice complex procedures that other pediatric hospitals often will not attempt.
  • Our cardiac catheterization team uses advanced transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement (TPVR) techniques to allow more children to avoid open-heart surgery when they need a valve replacement. Our faculty also leads ground-breaking studies of new types of valves that can grow as a child grows.
  • 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.
  • We have expanded our open-heart surgery services for children in Kentucky through a joint agreement with UK HealthCare.
  • We also use new lung-assist devices to help children stay healthy enough to receive treatment from the growing Lung Transplant Program at Cincinnati Children’s.