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Your child's heart is precious and requires specialized pediatric care. That's why where you take your child matters. As the largest cardiac program in the Southeast and one of the top five largest pediatric heart centers in the nation, the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Heart Center provides exceptional treatment to infants, children and teenagers who have complex heart defects.

We are among the top 10 pediatric cardiac programs, performing the most heart transplants in the country, with higher one-year and three-year survival rates than the national average. The number of patients we see and the excellent outcomes we have mean that our doctors have experience treating many different heart problems within a wide range of patient ages. So, whether you're looking for care for your newborn or your high school senior, our committed team of specialists, advanced technology and compassionate family support services make our Heart Center the right place to take your child's heart.

Our facilities include:

  • 32 beds in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), one of the largest dedicated CICUs in the U.S.
  • 35-bed, fully equipped Cardiac Acute Care Unit
  • 3 dedicated cardiac bi-plane catheterization laboratories
  • 10-bed catheterization laboratory recovery area
  • 3 dedicated cardiac operating room suites near the CICU

The Children’s Heart Center performed its 400th pediatric heart transplant in March 2021.

"We care for some of the sickest and most complicated heart patients. When all other options have failed, we step forward to bring hope to children and their families. 400 times, this program has given children a second chance, and sometimes a third chance, at life.”
- Chad Mao, MD, Medical Director of the Advanced Cardiac Therapies Program

Tour the Heart Center below:

About the Children's Heart Center

Innovative research and clinical trials at the Heart Center

We use innovative technology and work closely with other heart centers across the country to develop treatments for pediatric heart defects to help our patients live healthy lives.

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When it comes to your child's heart, you'll go to any length to receive specialized, high-quality care, and in the Atlanta area, you don't have to go far to find it. We're ranked as one of the top pediatric cardiac and cardiology programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Our team of pediatric heart experts collaborates with other specialists to help your child's specific needs. We work with you through each step of treatment, often from before your child is born through adolescence and into young adulthood. You'll always know what to expect and how to take the best care of your child.

Our specialty heart programs include:

We also offer supportive programs for our heart patients and their families, including:

  • Kids at Heart Program: Our Kids at Heart community provides support and resources to families, parents and caregivers of children with congenital heart defects. With more than 900 member families, Kids at Heart offers opportunities to learn from one another about the challenges that come with having a child with heart defects.
  • Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program: Our Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program provides critical mental health support to cardiac patients and families, as these patients typically have long periods of hospitalization.

Heart patient outcomes: by the numbers

We monitor and report our overall cardiac surgical outcomes and volumes to provide the most accurate information to patient families. Our mission is to continually improve and help our heart patients live their best lives.

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What is a congenital heart defect (CHD)?

Congenital heart defects (CHDs) are the most common birth defects that affect the structure of a baby’s heart and the way it works, affecting 1% of newborns each year.

As a top-ranked center for pediatric heart care, we’re experienced with treating all kinds of heart problems in infants and children. We provide comprehensive cardiac services for congenital and acquired heart disease for babies to young adults, as well as prenatal (before birth) diagnostics. Treating more than 48,000 children every year, the Heart Center has gained national recognition for our innovative treatments, leading-edge research and compassionate care.

Heart defects and conditions we evaluate and treat include:

With more than 50 pediatric cardiologists in more than 20 locations across the state, our Sibley Heart Center Cardiology clinics provide accessible outpatient care for your child's cardiology needs. During your first appointment, our team will provide a thorough evaluation, including an exam and diagnostic testing, if needed. Our pediatric cardiologists will take time to personally discuss their findings and recommendations.

Our outpatient cardiology clinics have one of the top three largest patient volumes in the country. Every patient receives individualized specialty care. Our outpatient cardiology services were nationally recognized for their level of patient satisfaction with the 2018 NRC Health Award of Overall Provider Rating (adult and pediatric).

How do I make an appointment?

What information do I need to bring to my child's first appointment?

  • A completed patient form.
  • A form of payment—we accept all major credit cards and insurances. Please note that copayments are due upon service.

Helpful forms and resources to prepare for your child's Sibley Heart Center Cardiology visit

  • New patient form: Download and complete our new patient form before your first appointment.
  • Existing patient form: Download and complete our existing patient form before your next appointment.
  • Pediatric referral form: Download and complete our existing referral form before your appointment.
  • Cardiac risk assessment form: Download and complete the pediatric cardiac risk assessment form before your appointment.
  • Prepare for your child's first visit: Learn what to expect during your first visit at Sibley Heart Center Cardiology.
  • Insurance and billing: Payment for your child’s medical services is determined when an appointment is scheduled. If you do not have medical coverage, payment is expected at the time of the visit. If you do have medical coverage, review your coverage benefits to determine if there are referral guidelines and to ensure that the physicians treating your child are in network. For your convenience, we accept cash, check, money orders and all major credit cards. Call 770-488-9204 to speak with one of our financial counselors prior to your visit.
  • Financial assistance policy: Learn more about our financial assistance policy.
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  • Consent to treat (en Español)
  • Authorization to release PHI (en Español): To request copies of medical records, a parent, guardian or patient over the age of 18 should complete an authorization form and fax it to 770-488-9403 or mail it to:

    Sibley Heart Center Cardiology
    Health Information Services
    2835 Brandywine Road, Suite 400
    Atlanta, GA 30341

A hospital reimagined

Children’s is building a new, state-of-the-art campus designed to improve outcomes, help clinicians deliver high-quality care and bring lifesaving research directly to our patients.

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Led by Paul Chai, MD, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Co-Chief of the Children's Heart Center, and William Mahle, MD, Chief of Cardiology and Co-Chief of the Children's Heart Center, our multidisciplinary team includes pediatric cardiologists, pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons, pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists, advanced practice providers, pediatric cardiac nurses, cardiac researchers and family support professionals.

Leadership

  • Paul Chai, MD, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Co-Chief of the Children's Heart Center
  • William Mahle, MD, Chief of Cardiology and Co-Chief of the Children's Heart Center

Cardiothoracic surgery

Cardiology

Cardiac anesthesiology

Meet Our Heart Surgeons