Cardiac Center

The Cardiac Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is one of the world’s leading pediatric heart centers providing care to infants, children and young adults with congenital and acquired heart conditions. The Center also offers expert diagnosis and management of fetal heart defects prior to a baby's birth through our Fetal Heart Program.

Our team, one of the largest and most accomplished in the world, includes more than 50 pediatric cardiac intensivists, cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiac anesthesiologists, and more than 350 staff specially trained in congenital heart diseases, including nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers, psychologists and child life specialists. Expert consultation from other specialties within the Hospital can be provided within minutes if needed.

Our pediatric cardiologists and surgeons are pioneers in the treatment of congenital and acquired heart defects, and international leaders in research, diagnosis, patient care and education.

Patient outcomes at the Cardiac Center are among the best in the nation, placing us in the top tier of pediatric cardiac programs in the world. In addition, we are consistently ranked among the best by U.S.News & World Report.

The Cardiac Center performs:

  • More than 850 cardiothoracic surgeries, including 500 open heart procedures and more than 1,200 cardiac catheterizations per year
  • More than 50,000 diagnostic tests per year, including electrocardiograms, echocardiograms and cardiac MRI, for expert diagnosis and ongoing treatment of congenital heart disease
  • More than 24,000 outpatient visits per year at the Main Campus in Philadelphia, in addition to outpatient services at eight of CHOP’s Pediatric and Adolescent Specialty Care Centers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and two dozen conveniently located community hospitals

The Cardiac Center offers:

  • A comprehensive range of specialized services, including early diagnosis and monitoring during pregnancy through the Fetal Heart Program, and customized delivery plans through the Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit, the world’s first birth facility specifically designed for mothers carrying babies with known birth defects, such as congenital heart disease.
  • A Cardiac Operative and Imaging Complex, one of the most advanced in the world, includes an XMR Suite (catheterization lab/MRI), Hybrid Suite (catheterization lab/operating room), an additional catheterization lab, and two additional cardiac operating rooms – all on the same floor as our inpatient units.
  • Two inpatient units, the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) for critical care, and the Cardiac Care Unit (CCU), for intermediate care. The CICU is one of the largest in the world dedicated for the treatment of children with congenital heart disease. CHOP’s state-of-the-art CICU is designed and staffed to care for infants and children during the most intense period of their treatment.
  • A specially designed and staffed 13-bed Cardiac Preparation and Recovery Unit (CPRU) provides highly specialized pre- and post-catheterization and procedure recovery care for infants, children and adults with CHD. The CPRU includes a reception room with full amenities where families may wait and receive support during their child's catheterization, surgery or other procedure.
  • Support, such as financial counseling, social work, lactation services, spiritual resources and music or art therapy, for patients and families.

Featured Faculty

Douglas A. Canning, MDJonathan Rome, MD
Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
Associate Chief for Clinical Affairs
Attending cardiologist

Jonathan Rome, MD, is associate chief for clinical affairs for the Division of Cardiology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Read more »

Thomas L. Spray, MDThomas L. Spray, MD
Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Alice Langdon Warner Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

Dr. Spray is chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, director of the Hospital's Thoracic Organ Transplantation Program and Alice Langdon Warner Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Read more »

Jack Rychik, MDJack Rychik, MD, FACC
Director, Fetal Heart Program
Director, Single Ventricle Survivorship Program
Associate Chief for Academic Affairs
Attending Cardiologist
Robert and Dolores Harrington Endowed Chair in Cardiology

Dr. Rychik is director of the Fetal Heart Program and the Single Ventricle Survivorship Program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He holds the Robert S. Harrington Endowed Chair of Pediatric Cardiology. Read more »

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