We are a worldwide leader in cardiology care and research. Our experienced team has achieved high-quality, patient-centered outcomes that rival or surpass those at other centers, for even the most challenging cases.
In the last five years, the Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children’s has experienced profound growth in all programs, including significant gains in cardiomyopathy and heart failure, adult congenital heart disease and cardiovascular genetics.
Top Ranked in Heart Care
U.S. News & World Report ranks us among the best in the nation for pediatric heart care and heart surgery. We’re a referral center for patients from across the United States and the world; in one year, we treated patients from 47 states and 22 countries.
We are transforming pediatric cardiac care with a first-of-its-kind bench to bedside model to bridge the gap between research and clinical care. Headed by cardiovascular biology researcher Jeffrey Robbins, PhD, cardiologist Andrew Redington, MD, and surgeon James Tweddell, MD, this cutting-edge approach drives the exchange of information between patient care and research and facilitates each discipline’s ability to respond to the other. The result is world-class pediatric heart care.
Our total direct funding was $11.5 million in 2015, making us one of the most well-funded pediatric cardiology programs in the country.
Leading the Way in Cardiology
The Heart Institute team has pioneered many advances in pediatric cardiology, including a first in the nation ventricular assist device (VAD) in a Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy patient, numerous transcatheter (nonsurgical) interventional therapies, echocardiography of complex cardiac malformations and the evaluation of cardiac disease during exercise stress.
We offer team-oriented, interdisciplinary diagnosis and treatment for the full spectrum of pediatric cardiac problems. Our team members are among the best in their respective fields; Heart Institute clinicians are board certified in not just one, but in as many as three and four areas related to pediatric heart care. Our staff includes acclaimed pioneers of procedures that have changed heart care across the nation, including catheter interventions and echocardiography in congenital heart disease.
We are one of only a handful of centers nationwide with a dedicated Preventive Cardiology clinic for childhood hypertension, lipid disorders and obesity. Our unique capabilities also include a comprehensive cardiomyopathy program, adolescent and adult congenital heart disease program, cardiac intensive care unit and cardiovascular genetics program.
Advancing Change Through Technology
Computed tomography (CT) , magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and 3D reconstruction software allow physicians to see virtual pictures of both normal and abnormal anatomy, but these are still pictures on a screen.
Over the last year, the Heart Institute has developed the infrastructure and expertise to create patient-specific 3-dimensional (3D) complex congenital heart disease models from MRI and CT scans.
The Heart Institute has distinguished itself from other centers by creating an expedited process for creating these models: we can build a detailed 3D model within 24 hours for patient presentation. The model shows the full scope of the anatomy and enhances the discussion and decision-making process for surgical planning. We are one of the few centers in the country printing 3D models on a regular basis.