Children's Hospital Colorado

About Pediatric Cardiac Care in the 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.

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As a leader in pediatric cardiac care, our institute is one of the largest and fastest growing in the country. Nationally ranked for heart care and surgery by U.S. World & News Report, we are also one of only eight stand-alone pediatric research centers in the country and we are committed to advancing the field of heart care for kids.

Our state-of-the-art facilities were designed and built from the ground up to provide nationally-ranked care for kids and families coping with all kinds of heart disease.

And, because we understand what you are going through, our family-centered program includes support and care far beyond your child’s medical needs.

Collaboration means better care for your child’s heart

Led by pediatric cardiologist Dr. Dunbar Ivy and pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. James Jaggers, our multidisciplinary care team ensures all of the services your child may need are here in one place. Because we combine the resources of some of the world’s most qualified and experienced heart specialists, every patient receives a more complete level of care.

The institute is comprised of more than 15 departments, including Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart Transplant, Cardiac Intensive Care, Cardiac Anesthesia, Cardiac Imaging, Cardiac Research and more.

As part of Children’s Hospital Colorado, our doctors and staff collaborate with, and can provide access to any of our more than 1,000 pediatric specialists at a moment’s notice.

Pediatric cardiac care for kids in Colorado and beyond

Located on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora and South Campus in Highlands Ranch, we serve families from Denver, Colorado Springs and across the Rocky Mountain region. We also provide outreach clinics throughout the Rocky Mountain region and take referrals from across the country.

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Heart Services at Children's Hospital Colorado

Children's Colorado's Heart Institute is ranked among the best pediatric hospitals in the nation for heart care and surgery by U.S. News & World Report. We are one of only eight stand-alone pediatric research centers in the nation and one of the fastest-growing pediatric cardiac programs in the country. Our doctors, surgeons and nurses have experience diagnosing and treating all types of heart disease. Because of this expertise, we offer a consistent care team for patients, from the developmental years into early adulthood.

Comprehensive cardiac care, from before birth through young adulthood

Combining our medical expertise with state-of-the-art technology and comprehensive research makes us one of the best places in the nation for pediatric heart care.

  • Our team's expertise in critical areas of heart care, such as cardiac surgery, cardiac anesthesia, intensive care, fetal diagnostics, cardiac imaging and exercise physiology, contributes to excellent outcomes.
  • We offer nearly 20 unique programs for pediatric patients and young adults with all forms of acquired or congenital heart conditions, including the region's most active Pediatric Heart Transplant Program and one of the nation's top programs for Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension.
  • Our team has immediate access to, and specialization in using, the latest cardiac imaging and testing resources, to help diagnose and manage pediatric cardiac conditions.
  • We use technology and innovative therapies, like the Melody® Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve, to improve quality of life.
  • Our fetal cardiologists work with parents and community physicians to provide complete care – from prenatal or fetal diagnosis, to counseling, birth planning, and care after delivery – for babies who have heart conditions present at, or before, birth. They are key members of the Colorado Fetal Care Center team.
  • Special services we offer, such as our Welcome Program, help families manage their non-medical needs.
  • In addition to our cardiology team, more than 1,500 pediatric specialists at Children's Hospital Colorado provide expert care in any medical subspecialty area that our patients might need.