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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. 

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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.

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Get to know our pediatric experts.

Lauren Amos, CPNP-PC

Lauren Amos, CPNP-PC

Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Stacy Anderson, CPNP-PC

Stacy Anderson, CPNP-PC

Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Greg Brames, MD

Greg Brames, MD

Cardiology - Pediatric

Shannon Buckvold, MD

Shannon Buckvold, MD

Cardiology - Pediatric, Critical Care - Pediatric, Pediatrics

Children's Colorado in the news

  • KTVQ
    Billings family thriving after baby's battle with rare genetic heart syndrome
    October 11, 2023

    While Katria was still pregnant, she learned her daughter had a heart condition called long QT syndrome. Dustin Nash, MD, electrophysiologist, was helpful in guiding this Montana family through their five-month treatment plan with the Colorado Fetal Care Center and Heart Institute, which included birth and surgery. Read more about Olive, who is now 8 months old and thriving, here.

  • FOX31
    Montana baby receives rare lifesaving heart surgery at Children’s Colorado
    August 21, 2023

    A Montana baby is alive and well after a five-hour surgery fixed his complex heart defect. “It’s really pretty rare to be able to do a two-ventricle repair in somebody with this kind of anatomy," said James Jaggers, MD, Heart Institute Co-medical Director. Watch baby Drew surpass every expectation and reach important milestones.