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Pediatric Cardiology

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The Heart Center at Lurie Children’s, ranked 23rd 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. 

Why Choose Lurie Children's Heart Center?

Our team of experts uses 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 one of the largest children's heart centers in the region, 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 20,000 pediatric patients in outpatient diagnostic visits and more than 700 inpatient admissions. 
  • Lurie Children's is home to the Regenstein Cardiac Care Unit, one of the few cardiac units of its kind in the nation, 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 nearly 1,000 cardiac catheterization procedures each year. 
  • On average, our heart surgeons perform more than 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. 
  • We offer the only pediatric heart transplant program in Illinois and successfully pioneered the total artificial heart transplantation in the world’s smallest patient.
  • We have performed more pediatric heart transplants since 1988 than any other healthcare provider in Illinois.

Pediatric Heart Conditions We Treat

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

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Pediatric Cardiology 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.

We also offer a Priority Second Opinion Program which provides parents and referring providers the second or third opinion they're looking for in one manageable visit. 

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Cardiology Tests & Evaluations

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

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Our Pediatric Heart Specialists

Our pediatric heart team includes:

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Cardiology First-Time Appointments
  • Schedule Online: If you have a Lurie Children's MyChart account, log in at to schedule a General Cardiology appointment. For new patients and non-MyChart users, please fill out our Online Scheduling Form to request an appointment. After you request an appointment, a MyChart account will be set up for you to schedule appointments online.
  • Schedule By Phone: Please call 1.800.543.7362.
Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery First-Time Appointments

Cardiology Return Appointments

If you have a Lurie Children's MyChart account, log in at to schedule your appointments, or call 312.227.4100

Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery Return Appointments

Please call 312.227.4240 to schedule your appointment. 

For families or providers seeking a second opinion, visit our Priority Second Opinion page for more information. 

Additional Appointment Information

Traveling From Out-of-State?

Our Destination Services team is available to help make your experience at Lurie Children's go as smoothly as possible. Learn more.

Telemedicine Visits

In addition to in-person visits, we now offer telemedicine visits. Some appointments will still require you to be seen in-person, but your physician and care team will let you know if a telemedicine appointment is available.

Please refer to the documents below to prepare for your child's telemedicine visit. 

Heart Center Family Resource Guide

To help prepare families for their care with our Heart Center, we have compiled a list of resources that may be of use throughout treatment — whether it's preparing for an inpatient stay or outpatient visit, or learning more about the support services available to patients and families.


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.

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.


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