Children's Hospital Colorado
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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.

 

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 featured research and innovation at the Heart Institute

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 or condition.
 
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.

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We care about your experience

Planning a visit to our Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado? Access our local area guide and resources for the whole family including hours and details about parking, our Family Resource Center, Play Areas, T(w)een Zone, visitation policies and more. 

Access resources for your visit

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Looking for a second opinion?

From heart conditions present at birth to adult congenital heart disease to heart conditions requiring surgery, our pediatric heart experts can provide a second opinion so you feel confident in your care plan.

Request a second opinion from our Heart Institute

Pushing the limits

We're equipped with state-of-the-art technology and renowned for our excellent outcomes. But we won’t stop there. Despite incredible progress, congenital heart disease remains the most common birth defect, and patients need lifetime care.

We continue to push the limits on what's possible, all thanks to your donations.

Donate to the Heart Institute

Get to know our pediatric experts.

Sarah Kelly, PsyD

Sarah Kelly, PsyD

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Richard Friesen, MD

Richard Friesen, MD

Cardiology - Pediatric, Pediatrics

Jennifer Rafter, CPNP-PC

Jennifer Rafter, CPNP-PC

Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Brian Fonseca, MD

Brian Fonseca, MD

Cardiology - Pediatric

Children's Colorado in the news

  • U.S. News & World Report
    Pediatric cardiology center ranked no. 6 in the nation
    June 15, 2021

    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.

  • KOAA News5 Colorado Springs
    Minimally invasive valve replacement procedure allows quick comeback
    March 17, 2021

    After receiving open heart surgery at one month old, Teagan was faced with the very real possibility of needing additional surgeries as her heart grew. Fortunately, Teagan was a perfect candidate to receive an innovative procedure in the Heart Institute’s Catheterization Lab. She received a new heart valve on a Friday evening and returned to school the following Monday. Hear her story.

  • CBS4
    Baby born with abnormal heart receives lifesaving transplant
    March 02, 2021

    When baby Eila’s parents learned about her underdeveloped heart, they moved from Wyoming to Colorado to get care at Children’s Colorado. Dr. Melanie Everitt explains why a heart transplant, made possible through the generosity of another family, was the best option for saving Eila’s life.