Children's Heart Center

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Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery

The Heart Center at Lurie Children’s, ranked 2nd in the nation for child cardiology and heart surgery by U.S.News World Report, brings the spectrum of cardiac specialists together to care for patients with the most complex and serious heart conditions throughout their lifespans — from before birth, through childhood and into adulthood. We use the most comprehensive heart tests and treatments to deliver the highest quality care from admission, to discharge, to follow-up, and our services range from fetal cardiology to cardiac disease prevention to pediatric interventional cardiology to heart transplantation. As the region's largest children's heart center, our experienced, multidisciplinary teams of pediatric cardiologists and surgeons make it easier for patients to see every specialist they may need under one roof and often in the same visit. 

Lurie Children's experts have a wide range of experience, treating more patients with cardiac conditions than any other hospital in Illinois. 

  • Each year, our cardiologists see more than 16,000 pediatric patients in outpatient diagnostic visits and more than 300 inpatients.
  • Lurie Children's is home to the Regenstein Cardiac Care Unit, which was built to ensure the continuity of care from admit to discharge, and is staffed by a team of specialists that meet the unique needs of its patients.
  • Our interventional cardiologists perform more than 750 cardiac catheterization procedures, including implanting a pulmonary valve, which is a less invasive procedure than surgical valve replacement.
  • For three successive public reporting periods (2015, 2016, and 2017), the Society of Thoracic Surgeons rated Lurie Children’s as a 3-Star hospital, the highest rating level awarded.
  • On average, our heart surgeons perform 450 heart surgeries each year, with one of the best survival rates for congenital heart surgery among the nation’s 40 largest and most advanced children’s hospitals — even for heart transplants.
  • Lurie Children's Heart Center is committed to training the leaders of tomorrow through a number of educational opportunities

Make an Appointment

If you’d like to request an appointment with one of our specialists, call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC®) or visit our Appointments page for more information. To cancel or reschedule and make return appointments, contact us at:

Conditions We Treat

Our pediatric cardiologists evaluate and treat both congenital and acquired heart diseases. Learn more about the wide range of conditions we treat. 

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Our Programs

Our Heart Center offers many specialized programs, from fetal cardiology to adult congenital heart disease. We are nationally and internationally renowned for the diagnosis and treatment of irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmia) and for helping pioneer the treatment of pediatric congenital heart disease through procedures like the Fontan conversion.

Our team also participates in Lurie Children’s Care Connect, a pediatric-focused telemedicine program that leverages technology to improve pediatric subspecialist access for children with heart conditions.

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Our Specialists

Our pediatric heart team includes:

Tests & Evaluations

Our specialists use various heart tests and evaluation methods to diagnose and monitor children's heart conditions.

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Lurie Children’s Heart Center is making a tremendous drive in research to identify safer, more effective ways to diagnose, treat and prevent complex cardiac conditions. Better diagnostic methods and therapies will save lives and guide us to the best medical treatments for each child. 

Learn more about our research studies

Heart Center Fellowships

The Heart Center supports various opportunities for students and physicians to continue to expand their expertise and knowledge in pediatric cardiolog​y.

The Heart Center at a Glance

Lurie Children's is ranked 2nd in the nation for child cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report.

Follow the Heart Center on Facebook

To stay up-to-date on the latest news, patient stories and health resources from our specialists, "like" the Lurie Children's Heart Center Facebook page.

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Chicago magazine's Top Cardiologists 2018

Dr. Carl Backer, Dr. Joseph Forbess, Dr. Peter Koenig, Dr. Elfriede Pahl, Dr. Dolores Vitullo and Dr. Thomas Weigel were all recently recognized as part of Chicago magazine's Top Cardiologists 2018 – a special edition of the publication's Top Doctor List.

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Cardiovascular-Thoracic Team Performs 300th Heart Transplant

The hospital's first heart transplant took place in 1988 and, throughout the past 30 years, Lurie Children's has performed more pediatric heart transplants than any other healthcare provider in Illinois. 

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Bradley S. Marino, MD, MPP, MSCE, named President of the American Heart Association Metro Chicago Board of Directors. 

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Our leadership has over 200 years of experience


Your support is vital in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children’s relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please e-mail the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at or call 312.227.7500