Why Choose Us for Cardiac Care

Patient outcomes among the best in the world

Parents often ask us about the number of heart surgeries we perform at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and our survival rates. We refer to these statistics as our volumes and outcomes.

Patient outcomes at the Cardiac Center are among the best in the world, placing us in the top tier of pediatric cardiac programs. We also perform a high volume of cardiothoracic surgeries — more than 1,000 each year. This experience helps us provide the best possible care for our patients.

The most advanced care and treatments

We have one of the largest and most accomplished teams of pediatric cardiac experts in the world, all specially trained to care for children and adolescents with congenital heart disease. The Cardiac Center team consists of more than 800 experts, including cardiologists, surgeons, critical care intensivists, pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, respiratory therapists, perfusionists, nurses, social workers, child life specialists, sonographers and many other experts.

Each year, our team:

  • Performs more than 1,000 cardiothoracic surgeries — including 600 open heart procedures
  • Performs more than 1,400 cardiac catheterizations
  • Performs more than 69,000 diagnostic tests — including electrocardiograms, echocardiograms and cardiac MRI — for expert diagnosis and ongoing treatment of congenital heart disease
  • Provides care during more than 32,000 outpatient visits at the Main Campus in Philadelphia and CHOP’s Pediatric and Adolescent Specialty Care Centers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey

Research breakthroughs

We continue to advance research to improve the lifelong health and well-being of children with congenital heart disease. Our team is conducting research on the genetic roots of congenital heart defects (CHD) and the causes of neurodevelopmental delays, developing new methods of treating single ventricle defects, inventing new diagnostic tools and treatment options for patients with lymphatic flow disorders, creating models of patients’ hearts on a 3-D printer to facilitate surgical planning, and much more.

Pediatric specialists across every discipline

As part of one of the top-ranked and largest children's hospitals in the US, the Cardiac Center offers direct access to highly qualified pediatric experts across every specialty that you or your child might need.

CHOP was also awarded Magnet status by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Only about 6 percent of hospitals in the United States have achieved Magnet status. Hospitals with Magnet status have lower mortality and morbidity rates, better patient outcomes, and a shorter length of stay. Magnet status hospitals also attract higher quality professionals, ensuring the CHOP staff are among the best.

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