Complex Congenital Heart Disease Care Center

The Complex Congenital Heart Disease Care Center at Lurie Children’s offers a multidisciplinary approach to care for children with a wide range of complex congenital heart defects. This clinic also serves as a second opinion clinic to assist referring cardiologists in caring for complex patients. 

The clinic is comprised of a team of board-certified pediatric cardiologists with expertise in various aspects of congenital heart disease, including cardiac imaging, electrophysiology, heart failure and interventional catheterization. Children who have multiple issues related to their heart defect may meet with all or some of the team as needed for their particular case. This team approach brings a wide range of experts together to provide integrated, high-quality evaluation and care. Our collaborative approach makes our center the only one of its kind in the region.

Children cared for in this clinic commonly require multiple procedures or surgeries throughout their lifetime. Patients with single ventricle variants and a Fontan operation would generally be referred to our Single Ventricle Center of Excellence.

What to Expect

Prior to your visit, a team of cardiologists will review your child’s medical history as well as previous test results to determine which specialists you would benefit from seeing. In preparation, patients, parents or referring clinicians can upload health records and prior imaging studies via our digital image exchange.

During your visit, your child will be evaluated by a group of cardiologists, which may include an imaging specialist, electrophysiologist, heart failure and/or interventional specialist. Depending on your child’s condition, other specialists may be included in your consultation.

Families will be given our recommendations regarding further evaluation and a care plan will be determined. Our recommendations will also be forwarded to your child’s pediatrician and primary cardiologist.

Specialists

The following physicians are part of the team that evaluates children’s history, test results and consults on future treatments.

Elfriede Pahl, MD, is the Medical Director of the Heart Transplantation/Heart Failure Program, the Marvin E. Wodika Professor of Cardiology and a Professor of Pediatrics at the Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Pahl is board-certified in pediatric cardiology and specializes in treating children with decreased heart muscle function, from either congenital or acquired heart disease.

David Wax, MD, is the Director of Interventional Catheterization and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Wax is board-certified in pediatric cardiology.

Joseph Camarda, MD, is an Imaging Attending in the Division of Cardiology and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Feinberg School of Medicine.. Dr. Camarda is board-certified in pediatric cardiology with particular interest in cardiac imaging including echocardiography, 3D echocardiography, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT).

Joshua Robinson, MD, is an Imaging Attending in the Division of Cardiology and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Robinson is board-certified in pediatric cardiology with particular interest in cardiac imaging including echocardiography, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT). Dr Robinson is an NIH funded clinical researcher interested in advanced 4D imaging of congenital heart disease.

Referrals

Appointments for the Complex Congenital Heart Disease Care Center may be made by contacting Matt Massaro at mmassaro@luriechildrens.org, or by calling 312.227.4100 for more information.  

Related Specialties

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.

Complex Congenital Heart Disease Care Center