Children's Hospital Colorado
Heart institute

Heart institute

We are one of the largest programs in the country treating patients with heart problems from before birth through adulthood, with exceptional outcomes.

Children's Hospital Colorado's Heart Institute is nationally ranked for heart care and surgery by U.S. News & World Report, treating patients from across the country. Here, over 300 cardiac experts work together to provide care for all kinds of congenital and acquired heart diseases.

As a leader in pediatric heart care, our institute is the largest in the region, treating over 20,000 patients each year. And because we're dedicated to training tomorrow’s leaders, our heart fellowship program has educated more than 100 pediatric cardiologists who are changing the lives of children with heart disease across the country.

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 
Welcome to the Heart Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado

Better outcomes. Better care. Complete transparency.

We're known for outstanding outcomes and for providing patients and families with the best care possible. We are recognized as 1 of only 3 programs nationally to report on all 6 quality measures.

500+ Heart surgeries annually – top third in the nation
One day Same-day appointments available
Top 10% For heart surgery outcomes

From surgical survival to length of hospital stay, see how we compare to other hospitals.

Why is it important to report outcomes?

At the Heart Institute, we believe that every family deserves to know what outcomes to expect at a children’s hospital.
That’s why our team, consistently ranked among the top pediatric heart teams in the country, reports outcomes data far exceeding national reporting standards. And we’re proud of what that data shows: that we consistently deliver safe, successful, high acuity pediatric heart care. Watch a video about how to choose a heart surgery program.

Pediatric heart surgery

Our cardiac surgery team is renowned for high success rates using state-of-the-art technology, making Children’s Colorado one of the best choices in the nation for heart surgery. Learn about our program and watch our video on what to expect from your child's heart surgery.

See why our outcomes make us one of the top heart hospitals

Kara holds her son Jaxon, who is being treated for HLHS at Children's Hospital Colorado.

The Connection Journey: Giving Hope a Heartbeat

One family comforts another through hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). See how our experienced family helps one new to heart disease.

Here, it’s different.™

Children's Colorado in the news


This Boy Climbed Mt. Sherman Only a Couple of Months After a Heart Procedure

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.


Baby Makes History as the First Patient in the Region to Receive Stem-Cell Therapy for HLHS

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.


Dad Advocates for Patients with Congenital Heart Defects

March 22, 2017

Watch the story of a dad who wanted to help other parents make one of the most important choices of their life. David Kasnic started the Pediatric Congenital Heart Association as a resource to help parents make informed decisions about their child's care.