About the Electrophysiology and Heart Rhythm Program
Our philosophy of care
Our philosophy centers on collaboration, communication, compassion and continuity of care. The patient and family are at the center of our mission, which is why we individualize care to each and every patient.
Cardiologists in the Electrophysiology (EP) and Heart Rhythm Program study, diagnose and treat abnormal heart rhythms, also known as arrhythmias. Using the most advanced technology available, we determine the cause of your child’s arrhythmia and recommend the best way to regulate their heart rhythm.
With the right care, children with arrhythmias can lead healthy, normal lives. Our goal is to find the most appropriate treatment option to help manage your child’s condition.
The EP and Heart Rhythm Program is part of the Cardiac Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Here, your child will benefit from our extensive understanding of pediatric arrhythmias and how best to diagnose and treat them. Our team of electrophysiologists — pediatric cardiologists who specialize in caring for children with heart rhythm disorders — have a combined 100-plus years of experience treating infants, children and young adults.
The Electrophysiologists at CHOP are regarded as thought leaders in the field and have made significant contributions to national expert consensus statements and guidelines, including their published work in:
- PACES/HRS Expert Consensus Statement on the Recognition and Management of Arrhythmias in Adult Congenital Heart Disease
- Sports Participation in Genotype Positive Children With Long QT Syndrome.
- International Recommendations for Electrocardiographic Interpretation in Athletes
Our Electrophysiology physicians frequently speak at the most influential international symposiums, have authored hundreds of manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, edited textbooks, such as the Cardiac Pacing and Defibrillation in Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease, and are often one of the first centers in the nation to perform cutting-edge arrhythmia treatment procedures in children and adults with congenital heart disease.
Our team specializes in complex cases that require a high-level of expertise. Our doctors and nurses routinely handle heart rhythm problems ranging from simple to ultra-complex. With four full-time pediatric cardiac electrophysiologists, nurse specialists and trained fellows, we are one of the largest and most advanced electrophysiology programs in the country.
Our team has been performing ablation procedures for over 20 years, and are proud of our excellent success rate and ability to treat patients with complex needs. Patients from all over the nation and the world come to the CHOP’s Cardiac Center for ablation procedures that have failed at other institutions as well as for second opinions to optimize the management of their arrhythmia.
Heart rhythm problems often co-exist with other medical conditions, such as heart failure, cardiomyopathy, and congenital heart disease. Our team works closely and collaboratively with other pediatric cardiology specialists to achieve the best outcomes for these complex cases.
Our Electrophysiology and Heart Rhythm Program is attuned to the needs of all patients from the tiniest infant to the adult with complex congenital heart disease. For each of these patients, we offer state-of-the-art technology, special care in cardiac anesthesia, and exceptional diagnostic skills and treatment options.