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About the Children's Heart Institute

The Children’s Heart Institute1 at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital – named one of the top 50 best children's hospitals nationally in Cardiology & Heart Surgery by U.S. News & World Report – offers innovative solutions for patients with congenital or acquired heart disease, delivering high-quality outcomes. In collaboration with pediatric sub-specialists at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, the affiliated team provides comprehensive care for newborns, children and adolescents, with a smooth transition into adult congenital cardiac care.

Children’s Heart Institute has earned a distinguished three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its patient care and outcomes in congenital heart surgery. The three-star rating, which denotes the highest category of quality, places the Children’s Heart Institute among the elite for congenital heart surgery programs in the United States and Canada.

With the Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and a dedicated pediatric Children’s Heart Institute Intensive Care Unit (CHI-ICU) at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, critical pediatric heart patients have access to the highest level of specialized care. By utilizing state-of-the-art techniques and services, the Children’s Heart Institute strives to offer patients with the most complex problems the greatest opportunity for a normal life

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Patient Stories


Cason's Story: Boy Born With Half A Heart Undergoes Innovative Procedure Giving Him A Normal Heart

During her 20-week ultrasound, Savannah’s obstetrician diagnosed that her unborn baby’s heart was abnormally small. A fetal cardiologist at The Fetal Center confirmed the diagnosis – the baby had Hypoplastic Left Heart.

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Baby Daniel

From Mom’s Point of View: Finding Our Miracle and Team for Daniel

Staci was terrified and prayed for a miracle after an ultrasound revealed her unborn son, Daniel, only had half a heart. Teams at The Fetal Center and Children’s Heart Institute answered by saving Daniel.

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Outcomes & Education

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To best serve patients, online resources have been developed to educate families about specific complex congenital heart defects. Additionally, we publish patient outcomes data in an effort to help families make informed decisions about their child’s care.

The Heart Gallery

  • Anatomical Normal Heart
  • Anatomical Atrial Septal Defect Pre-op
  • Anatomical Atrial Septal Defect Post-op
  • Anatomical Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome Pre-op
  • Anatomical Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome Post-op Fontan
  • Anatomical Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome Post-op Glenn
  • Anatomical Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome Post-op Norwood
  • •Anatomical Transposition of the Great Arteries Pre-op
  • Anatomical Transposition of the Great Arteries Post-op
  • Anatomical Tetralogy of Fallot Pre-op
  • Anatomical Tetralogy of Fallot Post-op
  • Anatomical Truncus Arteriosus Pre-op
  • Anatomical Truncus Arteriosus Post-op
  • Anatomical Ventricular Septal Defect Pre-op
  • Anatomical Ventricular Septal Defect Post-op

1The Children’s Heart Institute at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital is affiliated with the physicians at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and the UT Physicians Pediatric Outpatient Clinics across Greater Houston. The affiliated physicians evaluate patients at all UT Physicians Pediatric Cardiology Clinics and perform clinical treatments at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.