Single Ventricle Center of Excellence

The Single Ventricle Center of Excellence at Lurie Children’s offers comprehensive treatment for infants, children and adults born with a single functional ventricle pumping blood to the entire body. 

Our multidisciplinary team has passion and expertise in caring for patients with complex heart disease. The Single Ventricle team is dedicated to the caring for patients from before birth through adulthood. We focus on:

  • Making our care consistent and safe for all patients.
  • Providing a roadmap to make sure all stages of a patient’s life are cared for. View our Single Ventricle Roadmap.​
  • Improving patients’ results and their lives outside the hospital.

Conditions We Treat

Our patients have conditions such as:

We Care for Patients From Before Birth Through Adulthood

We provide services for patients regardless of where they may be on their journey with single ventricle, including:

  • Pregnant women and babies who have been diagnosed with single ventricle, some of whom may be eligible to participate in the Fontan Futures℠ Initiative​
  • Children and teens with various stages of single ventricle
  • Adults with congenital heart disease

Meet Our Team

The single ventricle team is led by Stuart Berger, MD, Executive Director of the Heart Center, and pediatric nurse practitioner Michelle Steltzer, CPNP-AC/PC. The cardiac surgery team is led by Carl Backer, MD, Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery and Joseph M. Forbess, MD​, MBA​, Associate Head of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery. Inpatient care following surgery is provided by the cardiac intensivist team in the Regenstein Cardiac Care led by John Costello, MD.

Depending on the needs of each patient, additional referrals are made to a variety of other specialties, including cardiovascular genetics, endocrinology, gastroenterology, hepatology, immunology, hematology, clinical nutrition and social work.

Appointments

Appointments with the comprehensive Single Ventricle Center of Excellence can be arranged through Kara Barto at 312.227.4403.​

The Division of Cardiology is committed to excellence in the care of young patients with congenital and acquired heart disease — from the fetus to the adult. Our mission is to foster a collaborative environment in which expertise in cardiac issues is cultivated through the promotion of research, education, and prevention.

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