About Our Pediatric Cardiology and Heart Surgery Program

The Heart Institute at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is a leader of cardiovascular care, with a rich history in clinical research and innovation. It offers comprehensive care to patients with congenital conditions throughout their lives, from prenatal through adulthood. As a comprehensive pediatric heart transplantation center, and a national leader in the use of pediatric heart-assist devices, the Heart Institute at Children’s continues to advance the field of cardiovascular medicine.

Additionally, the Heart Institute ranks as the top pediatric cardiovascular surgery program in the country, with the lowest overall four-year surgical mortality rate among all medium- and high-volume programs with a rate of 1.1%, according to the latest data compiled by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (2008/-2012). Nationally, the average mortality rate for all pediatric cardiovascular programs was 3.5% during the same reporting period.


Our team of experts is among the best in the nation and the world. Our specialists manage all types of heart symptoms, and offer services in:


Our goal is to prepare fellows for careers in academic medicine, caring for patients, and also influencing the future practice of the field through teaching and research. The educational experience is tailored to the needs and interests of each fellow through a comprehensive training program. Fellowships are available in Pediatric Cardiology.


The Cardiac Dynamics Research Laboratory at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh’s Rangos Research Center has earned worldwide recognition for research in the field of congenital heart disease. Most notably, our research laboratories investigate the physiology and biomechanics of developing cardiovascular systems to better understand the structural and functional maturation of the normal heart and blood vessels, and the causes of congenital heart disease.

Pediatric Cardiology and Heart Surgery Publications from UPMC