Cardiac Center Research

International Leaders in Pediatric Cardiac Research

Boy getting an echocardiogram The smallest hearts often pose the largest challenges. The Cardiac Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is constantly searching for answers to the mysteries of the human heart. Why are some children born with heart defects? What can be done to repair these damaged hearts? And how can we improve long-term outcomes and quality of life for all individuals with heart disease?

CHOP's Cardiac Center is one of the largest and most established pediatric heart programs in the world. A core part of our mission is to improve children's lives through research. With the top clinical experts in the field, our research aims to improve the health, wellbeing and lives of all children with heart disease.

The Cardiac Center is internationally recognized for its excellence in:

  • Single ventricle heart disease
  • Lymphatic abnormalities
  • Advanced interventional cardiology/surgery and valve disease
  • Heart failure and mechanical circulatory support
  • Fetal diagnosis and treatment
  • Medical education

CHOP is also leading the way with promising new research – some of which could be game-changers in the field of pediatric cardiology, including:

  • Stem cell and tissue engineering
  • Precision medicine and gene therapy
  • Developmental biology
  • Device advances

Research studies and clinical trials

The Cardiac Center actively enrolls patients and healthy control subjects for a wide variety of research studies and clinical trials. The purpose is to better understand what causes heart defects, create better diagnostic tools and cutting-edge therapies, and to improve long-term outcomes for patients.

Examples of ongoing trials at CHOP include:

  • A new valve replacement device for children with a leaky pulmonary valve
  • A quality improvement collaborative for patients with single ventricle heart defects
  • The effectiveness of therapies like stem cells, cord blood and growth hormones
  • Disease-specific research on hypoplastic left heart syndrome, pulmonary hypertension and lupus

If you are interested in learning about new opportunities to participate in research, you can also sign up for CHOP's research participant registry.

To learn more about more than 297,000 clinical trials around the world, visit ClinicalTrials.gov. Before participating in a study, talk to your health care provider.

Publications and research excellence

During the past three years, staff from the Cardiac Center have published 595 research articles, and received nearly 4,000 research citations.

Thirty-eight of the Cardiac Center-authored articles were published in Circulation and Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the two highest impact journals in cardiology and cardiovascular medicine.

View our recent Cardiac Center Publications and Presentations.

News briefs

Physicians, researchers and staff members in CHOP's Cardiac Center are constantly working to improve the lives of children with heart disease. A few recent projects are listed below


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