Joint Heart Program with Kentucky Children’s Hospital

Joint Heart Program.

Innovative collaboration brings advanced pediatric heart care close to home for patients in Kentucky


Cincinnati Children’s and Kentucky Children’s Hospital have joined forces to provide advanced care for patients in Kentucky with congenital and acquired pediatric heart disease.

The collaboration offers the full spectrum of pediatric heart services, combining the strength of UK HealthCare’s advanced subspecialty care with Cincinnati Children’s Heart Institute’s nationally ranked heart care experts.

Joint Heart Program.

Right Care in the Right Place at the Right Time

This program is an integrated collaboration at every level, from case conferencing and surgical planning, to clinical care and research. Under the “one program, two sites” model, interventional and surgical cases are jointly conferenced and performed at the location most appropriate for the patient and their family.

Patients range from newborns to adolescents and adults with congenital heart disease. Services include expert evaluation, counseling, and treatment for congenital and acquired heart disease for fetal, pediatric and adult patients.

Many high-acuity Kentucky patients have already received their surgical, heart catheterization and electrophysiology care at Cincinnati Children’s, while receiving follow-up care with their physician closer to home.

Our current collaborations include:

  • James Quintessenza, MD, is chief of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at Kentucky Children’s Hospital, in addition to his primary appointment as a cardiothoracic surgeon at Cincinnati Children’s. Dr. Quintessenza has extensive experience and expertise as a cardiac surgeon, and a long track record of leadership in the field.
  • A pediatric/congenital electrophysiologist based in Lexington, concentrating on heart rhythm disorders.
  • A pediatric cardiac anesthesia team, as well as perfusion specialists and advanced practice providers.
  • Joint safety and quality reporting.
  • Joint patient care and teaching conferences for both pediatric cardiology patients and adult congenital heart patients.
  • Multidisciplinary training and education for program faculty and staff at both institutions.
  • Clinical research projects.
  • Outreach clinics in surrounding communities. 

Contact Us

To learn more about the pediatric heart care program, please call:

  • Cincinnati Children’s Heart Institute: 877-881-8479
  • Kentucky Children’s Pediatric Cardiology: 800-888-5533

Heart Institute Specialists