Cardiac Center

The Cardiac Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is one of the world’s largest centers for care of children and young adults with congenital and acquired heart conditions. 
Our team cares for children from before birth through adulthood, offering the most advanced treatments for complex congenital heart disease (including single ventricle defects), lymphatic leaks and flow disorders, and other conditions.

Each year, the center cares for patients during more than 32,000 outpatient visits, and the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery performs over 1,000 procedures, including more than 600 open heart surgeries. In the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at CHOP, our team of Cardiac Catheterization experts performs over 1,300 cardiac catheterization procedures each year on newborns, infants, children and young adults.

We continue to advance research to improve the lifelong health and well-being of children with congenital heart disease. Our team is conducting research on the genetic roots of CHD and the causes of neurodevelopmental delays, developing new methods of treating single ventricle defects, inventing new diagnostic tools and treatment options for patients with lymphatic flow disorders, creating models of patients’ hearts on a 3-D printer to facilitate surgical planning, and much more.

Specialized Clinical Programs

  • Center for Lymphatic Imaging and Interventions
  • Coronary Anomaly Management Program
  • Fetal Heart Program
  • Philadelphia Adult Congenital Heart Center
  • Single Ventricle Survivorship Program

Conditions Treated

We treat all types of cardiac conditions, including:

  • Coronary anomalies
  • Aaortic stenosis
  • Atrial septal defect
  • Atrioventricular canal defects
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Chylothorax
  • Coarctation of the aorta
  • Congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries
  • Double outlet right ventricle
  • Ebstein’s anomaly of the tricuspid valve
  • Heart tumors
  • Heterotaxy syndrome
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS)
  • Interruption of the aortic arch
  • Plastic bronchitis
  • Pulmonary atresia
  • Single ventricle heart defects
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Total anomalous pulmonary venous return (TAPVR)
  • Transposition of the great arteries
  • Tricuspid atresia
  • Truncus arteriosus
  • Vascular ring
  • Ventricular septal defect (VSD)

Our Home – A “Hospital within a Hospital”

The Cardiac Center’s facility is one of the most advanced in the world. Deliveries for high-risk babies, surgeries, catheterizations and all inpatient cardiac care occur on the sixth floor of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This promotes the most efficient care by facilitating excellent communication and minimizing transport time and distance for critically ill patients.

Sixty-five dedicated cardiac beds include one of the world’s largest and most advanced pediatric cardiac intensive care units, a Cardiac Care Unit and a 13-bed specialized Cardiac Preparation and Recovery Unit.

Fetal Heart Program

The Fetal Heart Program at CHOP is a national leader in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of fetal heart disease, and is one of the few programs to offer early fetal cardiovascular imaging (EFCI). EFCI allows diagnosis of heart anomalies as early as 12 weeks’ gestation, as opposed to typical diagnosis at 16 to 18 weeks’ gestation.

Each year, the program performs more than 3,700 fetal echocardiograms, making the Fetal Heart Program one of the largest of its kind. Its state-of-the-art technology and facilities enhance the ability of cardiologists and sonographers to provide the best imaging and most accurate diagnoses to create a comprehensive plan for prenatal and postnatal treatment, including the rare instance of fetal heart intervention.

The Fetal Heart Program is unique in that expectant families are cared for by a dedicated multidisciplinary team. Our patients benefit from the expertise of the Cardiac Center’s pediatric cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, cardiac anesthesiologists, nurses and a social worker, all of whom often work hand in hand with the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment and its maternal-fetal medicine specialists, genetic counselors, and other specialists throughout the Hospital.

Center for Lymphatic Imaging and Interventions

A joint program of CHOP and Penn Medicine, the Center for Lymphatic Imaging and Interventions provides highly specialized care for children and adults with lymphatic leaks and lymphatic flow disorders. The center is a first-of-its-kind effort to treat these often undiagnosed and difficult-to-manage conditions, including:

  • Chylopericardium
  • Chyloptysis
  • Chylothorax
  • Chylous ascites
  • Congenital lymphatic dysplasia
  • Congenital pulmonary lymphangiectasia
  • Central lymphatic insufficiency
  • Plastic bronchitis
  • Postoperative chylous wound leaks
  • Protein-losing enteropathy

Experts in the Center for Lymphatic Imaging and Interventions continue to refine advanced imaging and interventional technologies such as a dynamic contrast MR lymphangiography (DCMRL) to map out the anatomy and flow of the lymphatic system. This allows our team to more accurately identify and manage lymphatic leaks and flow disorders using a variety of minimally invasive treatment options.

To date, the Center’s team has treated more than 500 adults and 100 children with lymphatic flow disorders, making the program the largest and most active of its kind in the world.

Featured Faculty

Yoav Dori, MDYoav Dori, MD, PhD
Director, Center for Lymphatic Imaging and Intervention
Attending Cardiologist

Yoav Dori, MD, PhD, is a Pediatric Cardiologist and the Director of the Center for Lymphatic Imaging and Intervention.

Areas of expertise: lymphatic flow disorders, plastic bronchitis

Jack Rychik, MDJack Rychik, MD
Director, Fetal Heart Program
Director, Single Ventricle Survivorship Program

Jack Rychik, MD, is Director of the Fetal Heart Program and the Single Ventricle Survivorship Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of expertise: echocardiography, fetal cardiology, single ventricle physiology

Jonathan Rome, MDJonathan Rome, MD
Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
Associate Chief for Clinical Affairs
Attending Cardiologist

Jonathan J. Rome, MD, FACC, is an Attending Cardiologist and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of expertise: causes and treatment of stenotic and hypoplastic pulmonary arteries, device closure of heart defects, interventional cardiology, transcatheter treatment in complex heart disease

Joseph Rossano, MDJoseph Rossano, MD, MS, FAAP, FAAC
Chief, Division of Cardiology
Medical Director, Pediatric Heart Failure and Transplant

Joseph Rossano, MD, MS, FAAP, FAAC, is Chief of the Division of Cardiology and Medical Director of the Pediatric Heart Failure and Transplant Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of expertise: use of ventricular assist devices and artificial hearts in children

Thomas L. Spray, MDThomas L. Spray, MD
Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Alice Langdon Warner Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

Thomas L. Spray, MD, is the Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Alice Langdon Warner Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Areas of expertise: reparative cardiac surgery in infants with complex congenital malformations, complex single ventricle physiology

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