Cardiac Center: Resources For Professionals
Whether you're referring a patient to us for the first time, seeking a second opinion or updated information about your patient's care, or looking for continuing medical education opportunities, we hope these resources will help in your search for more information.
Referring a patient
Referral Nurse Navigators
The Cardiac Center's Referral Nurse Navigators are exclusively dedicated to helping all referring physicians, and new patients and their families, connect with the Cardiac Center at CHOP. For more information or to refer a patient, contact our Referral Nurse Navigators at 267-426-9600.
Referring a patient to the Lipid Heart Clinic
If you're interested in referring a patient to our Lipid Heart Clinic, please complete this appointment request form and fax it to 215-590-4978.
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Pediatric & Congenital Heart Talks Video Series
Jack Rychik, MD, Director of the Fetal Heart Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), along with several distinguished Cardiac Center colleagues, present Pediatric & Congenital Heart Talks — a video-based, educational resource for clinical and research professionals in pediatric cardiology. Featuring world-class experts and thought-leaders in cardiac care, these video presentations will share new perspectives on basic principles, introduce novel concepts and innovations, and offer unique insight on some of the field’s greatest areas of challenge. View the series.
Continuing medical education
Managing transposition of the great arteries
Find several resources to help you manage transposition of the great arteries (TGA), including information about prenatal diagnosis, optimal delivery and treatment of patients with TGA.
- Transposition of the Great Arteries; Prenatal, Perinatal & Postnatal Management — In this online CME, Drs. Anita Szwast and Jack Rychik discuss prenatal diagnosis and management of TGA during pregnancy and immediately postnatal.
- Our TGA videos demonstrate how to accurately identify TGA in the fetus through ultrasound, and present highlights from an arterial switch operation for repair of TGA at CHOP.
Experts from the Cardiac Center at CHOP provide updates and analysis on a range of clinically important topics in cardiac care.
Online presentations (no CME credits offered)
How to Identify and Manage Childhood Dyslipidemia presentation will help healthcare professional diagnose dyslipidemia using NHLBI screening guidelines and understand appropriate diet, lifestyle and drug treatment options.
The following case studies highlight significant clinical findings:
Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Training
To be eligible to apply for the Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology, physicians must have completed residency training in a program approved by the American Board of Pediatrics, or be eligible for board certification. Learn more about our Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship »
Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Fellowship
The Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Fellowship is a one-year advanced fellowship available to applicants who are board certified in Pediatrics and board eligible/certified in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine or Pediatric Cardiology. Learn more »
To learn more about career opportunities at the Cardiac Center, visit our Careers section.
Cardiac Center Publications
During the past three years, staff from the Cardiac Center have published 595 research articles, and received nearly 4,000 research citations. View a list of our recent publications.
Cardiac Center staff members are available to speak at community healthcare and school groups. Let us know your area of interest and we can suggest an appropriate speaker for your event. For more information or to arrange a speaker, call the Physician Referral Service at 800-879-2467 or 215-590-1999.
Heart and Lung Transplantation
Joseph Rossano, MD, MS, FAAP, FACC, head of the division of cardiology at CHOP, discusses his group’s study from the November 2021 issue of The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation: “The influence of mechanical Circulatory support on post-transplant outcomes in pediatric patients: A multicenter study from the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) Registry.” Dr. Rossano discusses the discontinuation of HVAD, linkage of ECMO to poor outcomes in pediatric patients, the safety of VAD implantation, and application in CHD patients. Listen to the podcast.
Cardiac Complications of COVID-19 in Children: How They Affect Outpatient Care Post-infection
Matthew Elias, MD discusses COVID-19’s impact on the heart and how it affects outpatient care for children who have recovered. Includes: a refresher on clinical symptoms of myocarditis, which vary by age and can be subtle; review of EKG findings with myocarditis (again, tricky); other cardiac effects of COVID; the potential for long-term cardiac effects; lack of knowledge about the extent to which other pediatric viruses affect the heart; significance of troponin levels in adults versus children; guidelines for return to sport following COVID infection, with age and severity of infection as factors; when to consider referral for EKG and outpatient cardiology evaluation; symptoms of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C); differences between MIS-C and Kawasaki disease; whether patients with congenital heart disease are at higher risk; and more. Published February 2021.
- Guidelines for return to sport for general pediatricians
- Guidelines for return to sport for pediatric cardiologists
- Helpful COVID-related links for healthcare providers
Identifying and Treating Early Cardiovascular Disease
Pediatric cardiologist Shobha Natarajan, MD, talks about identifying and treating patients at risk for early cardiovascular disease. She identifies pediatric diagnoses that put a child at risk, what to look for in family history, and discusses the important role that primary care pediatricians play in cardiovascular disease screenings and identifying patients who may not otherwise be considered high risk.
Cardiovascular Sports Physical
To maximize safe participation in sports, a pre-participation physical evaluation is recommended for all children and adolescents before the season begins. This cardiovascular evaluation should be routinely done at pre-adolescent and adolescent annual well visits, with the goal of identifying medical problems that could have life-threatening complications or require treatment before participation. Maully Shah, MBBS, an attending cardiologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, discusses what PCPs should know about the cardiovascular sports physical, symptoms and history to look for, and more. Published February 2019.
Pediatric Lymphatic Imaging and Interventions and Lymphatic Research
The lymphatic system is something we all have in our bodies, but very little is known about it. Dr. Yoav Dori, Director of Pediatric Lymphatic Imaging and Interventions and Lymphatic Research joins Madeline Bell, CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, for an episode on the podcast series, Breaking Through with Madeline Bell. Dr. Dori and his team have developed advanced technologies to diagnose and treat life-threatening diseases of the lymphatic system.