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Cardiology & CT Surgery

We have an outstanding reputation for successfully handling the most complex cases of heart disease in children at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. We also serve as a worldwide referral and second opinion center for patients of all ages with pediatric congenital heart disease (CHD).

We see children and adolescent patients in the M Building and J building (ACH) on Cleveland Clinic’s main campus as well as Hillcrest Hospital, Fairview Hospital, and our family health centers.

We diagnose and treat a variety of pediatric and congenital heart diseases and defects. Our treatments and services include:

Highly Trained and Experienced Pediatric Staff

Cleveland Clinic Children's pediatric heart surgeons, cardiologists and anesthesiologists are among the most highly trained and experienced in the world. The team is the largest and most experienced in Northern Ohio.

In addition to our clinical specialists, we rely on the entire pediatric team to ensure the very best results for our child and adolescent patients, including the referring physician, the patient's family, specially trained cardiac nurses, allied health professionals, social workers and child life specialists.

Innovative Heart Disease Treatments

Our pediatric cardiac surgeons manage all forms of heart disease in children. We routinely perform the most complex surgeries such as Repair of Tetralogy of Fallot, Transposition of Great Arteries, and surgical palliation for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and single ventricles.

For some instances of pediatric congenital heart disease, Cleveland Clinic Children's specialists may recommend medication.

  • If intervention (other than medication) is needed, our pediatric cardiologists can repair certain heart defects in the cardiac catheterization laboratory using coils, stents and implantable devices.
  • These defects may be repaired through small incisions in the groin, thus eliminating the need for open-heart surgery.

Cleveland Clinic Children's is one of the first hospitals to offer percutaneous pulmonary valve replacement, eliminating the need for repeat open heart surgeries for patients who have already required surgical pulmonary valve replacement for congenital pulmonary valve conditions.

Heart Transplants and Mechanical Hearts

  • We offer a heart failure/transplantation team to assess and treat children with heart failure.
  • Alternatives to pediatric heart transplants, such as a mechanical heart, may offer lifesaving treatment or act as a bridge to heart transplantation.

Hybrid Pediatric Catheterization Laboratory

Children with complex congenital heart defects may need more than one procedure to correct their defects. Traditionally, those surgeries were performed separately. This innovative facility, however, allows a cardiologist and surgeon to work together. These combined, or hybrid procedures decrease down time, anesthesia use and patient recovery time. Its advanced imaging technology also makes a safer environment for both the patient and staff because it significantly reduces radiation output. Cleveland Clinic Children's is one of the few hospitals in the country to offer this state-of-the-art laboratory.

Success Rates

  • In 2011, our surgical staff performed over 270 surgeries and our success rates, including those for repairing heart defects in newborns, are excellent.
  • In 2011, our cardiologists performed over 450 heart-related catheterizations.
  • Our Cleveland Pediatric Cardiology Center's heart transplantation success rate ranks higher than the national average.
  • Cleveland Clinic Children's Pediatric Heart Transplantation Program has exceeded 100 transplants.
  • In 2011, our Heart Center registered nearly 20,000 outpatient visits.


Cardiology & Heart Surgery was nationally ranked in U.S.News & World Report's 2011-12 edition of “Best Children’s Hospitals.” More specialists were named “Best Doctors in America” by their peers than any other cardiac care program in the region.

Fetal and Newborn Heart Care

  • Our physicians not only diagnose heart disease in children, we can determine management strategies before they are even born.
  • Complicated and high-risk pregnancies are expertly managed within our Level III perinatal center.
  • Critically ill newborns receive the highest level of care available in our Level III neonatal intensive care unit.

Leaders in Research and Innovation

  • Our surgeons developed and perfected the double switch operation for complex transposition of the great arteries.
  • We pioneered the research that led to the development of devices to close holes between the chambers of the heart.
  • Our physician investigators are sponsored by corporate and government organizations with the goal of advancing treatment for pediatric patients with congenital heart defects.

Lifetime Care for Children and Adults

  • We are one of the few heart centers in Ohio dedicated to the lifelong care of children and adult patients with congenital heart defects, including post-surgery care and treatment.
  • We work in close collaboration with the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute to ensure that children and adults receive the best possible care with state-of the art-technology, and clinical expertise.

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