Children's Hospital Colorado

Welcome to the Pediatric Heart Institute

A close-up of a stethoscope on a patient's chest. Best Children's Hospital by US News Cardiology 2020-1 Badge

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

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 one of only three programs nationally to report on all six quality measures.

Learn about our commitment to quality and patient safety.

Why is it important to report outcomes?

Here, 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). Watch our experienced family help answer questions for parents new to heart disease.

See their journeys

Get to know our pediatric experts.

Joseph Kay, MD

Joseph Kay, MD

Cardiology, Cardiology - Pediatric

Suzanne Cota, CPNP

Suzanne Cota, CPNP

Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Michael Di Maria, MD

Michael Di Maria, MD

Cardiology - Pediatric, Pediatrics

Michael Schaffer, MD

Michael Schaffer, MD

Cardiology - Pediatric, Pediatrics

Children's Colorado in the news

U.S. News & World Report

Pediatric Cardiology Clinic ranked no. 6 in the nation

junio 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.


Children’s Colorado leading the nation with 3D printer technology

octubre 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

Children's Colorado provides lifetime care for people with congenital heart disease

septiembre 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.