Single Ventricle Center of Excellence

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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.

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 Kiona Allen, MD, and pediatric nurse practitioner Michelle Steltzer, CPNP-AC/PC. The cardiac surgery team is led by Sunjay Kaushal, MD, PhD, Head of the Division of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery. Inpatient care following surgery is provided by the cardiac intensivist team in the Regenstein Cardiac Care Unit.

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.

Make an Appointment

Appointments with the comprehensive Single Ventricle Center of Excellence can be arranged through Emilie Weisberg at 312.227.8588.​

In addition to in-person visits, we now offer telemedicine visits via video or phone. 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.

Second Opinions

For families or providers seeking a second opinion, we offer a Priority Second Opinion Clinic.

Request a Second Opinion

Heart Center Family Resource Guide

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

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.