Nationally ranked for heart care and surgery by U.S. News & World Report, Children's Hospital Colorado's Heart Institute sees patients from across the country. Here, hundreds of our cardiac experts work together to provide care for all kinds of congenital and childhood heart diseases.
As a leader in pediatric heart care, our Institute is the largest in the region, treating more than 20,000 patients each year. And because we're dedicated to training tomorrow's leaders, our heart fellowship program has educated hundreds of pediatric cardiologists who are changing the lives of children with heart disease across the country.
Heart surgeries in 2019
In the nation by U.S. News & World Report
For heart surgery outcomes
We are also one of only eight stand-alone pediatric research centers in the country and we are committed to improving the lives of all kids and families with heart disease.
Learn about our cardiology and cardiothoracic research
A lifetime of care
Experts in our highly specialized programs see patients of all ages, from before birth in our Fetal Cardiology Program to well into adulthood in our Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program. We treat the full range of congenital heart defects, from the most common to the incredibly rare.
See the list of conditions we treat.
A longstanding commitment to transparency
Here, we believe that every family deserves to know how much experience their hospital has treating their child's particular heart defect.
We were one of the first pediatric heart programs in the nation – and we’re the still the only center in the state – to report our cardiac surgery outcomes publicly. And we're proud of what the data show: that we consistently deliver safe, successful care – even in highly complex cases.
But don't just take our word for it. See our outcomes for yourself on this website and through Conquering CHD's Hospital Navigator.
See why our outcomes make us one of the top heart hospitals
Leaders in heart surgery and minimally invasive procedures
We know that no two patients are the same, and neither are their hearts. That's why we provide highly individualized care for every patient. No matter your child's diagnosis, we will work together as a team to determine the best treatment option for your child, whether it's open heart surgery or a minimally invasive procedure.
Watch how we helped Sam, Theo and Colt's families.
Learn more about our commitment to quality and patient safety.
Keeping you safe, wherever you are
We're here when you need us with the same safe, high-quality care we've always offered, even during the pandemic. Now, in many cases, you can get that care without even leaving home because we offer virtual visits across every one of our specialties.
See if telehealth is right for your child
The Connection Journey: Giving Hope a Heartbeat
One family comforts another through hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). Watch our experienced family help answer questions for parents new to heart disease.
See their journeys
Get to know our pediatric experts.
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Children's Colorado in the news
U.S. News & World Report
June 18, 2020
Our Pediatric Heart Institute’s commitment to best practices, clinical research and tremendous survival rates following congenital and other complex heart surgeries and heart transplants contributed to our top ranking.
October 2, 2019
When 3-year-old Olive needed a cardiac cath to treat her complex heart disease, Jenny Zablah, MD, and her team combined 2D and 3D imaging to create a life-size model of her heart. This allowed interventional cardiologists to understand the intricacies of Olive’s unique heart and to practice before the procedure even began.
Wyoming News Now
September 27, 2019
Like 1 in 100 babies, Stanley was born with a congenital heart defect. After having heart surgery in childhood, he assumed he was healed. That’s until he began experiencing problems again in his 60s. Fortunately for Stanley, experts in Children’s Colorado’s Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program were ready to help.
July 29, 2019
Cuy Kepler’s parents learned that her heart wasn't functioning properly when she was 3 months old. Experts at Children's Colorado's Heart Institute performed lifesaving surgery days later. Now, at just 3 years old, Cuy's training for her first 10K race.
July 3, 2019
Born with a congenital heart defect, Chris Dini now works as a firefighter in Fort Collins. Though he’s now 38, he still receives treatment at Children’s Colorado. Joseph Kay, MD, wants more teens and adults with congenital heart disease to know they need specialized care as they age.
June 18, 2019
About half of children with Down syndrome have congenital heart disease. At other hospitals, Charlie Smith would have needed open heart surgery to repair her heart. But at Children’s Colorado, Gareth Morgan, MD, repaired Charlie’s heart defect through a minimally invasive procedure called heart catheterization.
February 13, 2019
Spencer Rice, a captain at the Poudre Fire Authority in Fort Collins, brought his daughter to a specialist for a heart murmur. He saw the same doctor a month later and eventually had surgery at Children’s Colorado.
November 19, 2018
Beau was diagnosed with coarctation of the aorta, a congenital heart defect. About three months after his procedure at Children's Colorado, he climbed Mt. Sherman: his first 14er.
September 9, 2018
Thanks to a special partnership between Children’s Colorado and Mayo Clinic, baby Calista became the first patient in Colorado to receive regenerative therapy for a rare congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). Children’s Colorado is the only hospital in the region offering access to this groundbreaking clinical trial.