Duke Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center

High-Quality Care, Excellent Patient Outcomes, Leaders in Surgical Advances

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As the #2 pediatric cardiology and heart surgery program in the U.S. for newborns and children with congenital and acquired heart disease, the Duke Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center strives to improve our patients' outcomes and the quality of their lives

With that as our goal, we:

  • Achieve some of the highest survival rates in the U.S. in very sick patients who require advanced, complex care.
  • Performed more than 450 heart operations in 2023, including significantly more complicated procedures than many other centers nationally.
  • Were the first to successfully perform several new approaches to pediatric heart transplant surgery, including donation after cardiac death transplantation, partial heart transplantation, combination heart and thymus transplantation.
  • Pioneered new surgical techniques that lower risk and ensure heart surgery is better tolerated by the tiniest babies
A gold badge shows Duke has been nationally ranked in 10 pediatric specialties for 2023 to 2024
#2 in Nation and #1 in NC for Pediatric Cardiology and Heart Surgery

Duke Children’s is ranked the #2 pediatric cardiology program in the nation and the best in North Carolina by U.S. News & World Report.

Why Choose Duke

Patient Outcomes Among the Nation's Best
Our patient survival rates are among the highest in the U.S. and Canada, a notable achievement considering our pediatric heart surgeons perform hundreds of heart operations every year on very sick patients who require advanced, complex care. Learn more about our outcomes.

Recognized for Surgical Excellence
We are one of the few U.S. hospitals verified as a Level I Children's Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons. To achieve Level I certification, centers must offer multiple medical and surgical specialties, with procedures for major and uncommon congenital anomalies and complex diseases that require significant coordination among multiple specialties.

Dedicated Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
Our pediatric cardiac intensive care unit (PCICU) is equipped with advanced technology and staffed 24/7 by a team of highly trained critical care specialists, nurses, respiratory therapists, and others who are experts in caring for critically ill children. 

Recognized Experts in Pediatric Heart Transplant
Patients on our pediatric heart transplant waitlist receive a heart faster than the national average. While on the waitlist, children may benefit from a surgically placed mechanical pump that supports a child’s heart.

Saving Lives with Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
ECMO is a life-saving technology that pumps and oxygenates a child's blood during heart surgery and allows your child's lungs to rest and recover after a transplant. The ECMO technology is run by our team of perfusionists who are critical to the surgical team. They monitor your child's blood flow, body temperature, and circulation during and after surgery. Duke has one of the largest and fastest-growing ECMO programs in the nation.

Comprehensive Care from the Womb through Adulthood

Detecting Heart Disease in the Womb
Our fetal cardiology experts use advanced, fetal echocardiograms (fetal echo) to take precise images of the fetal heart structure when heart disease is suspected in utero. These cardiologists are specially trained to recognize congenital heart disease as early as 16 weeks gestation, sometimes earlier. If a heart defect is detected, our nurse navigator coordinates care with your child's doctor and Duke pediatric cardiologists and perinatologists. They work together to plan your baby’s delivery and the type of care your child will need in the days and weeks after birth.

Detecting, Treating, and Preventing Heart Disease 
We use the latest imaging technology to diagnose heart problems with the lowest amounts of radiation possible. In addition to medical management and other noninvasive treatments, we offer pediatric cardiac catheterization, heart surgery, and heart transplantation. Our pediatric cardiologists provide  preventive care to children diagnosed with heart murmurs, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and triglycerides, and other acquired heart-related diseases.

Transitioning Your Care to Adulthood
The Duke Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program was among the first to respond to the growing demand for the treatment of adults born with congenital heart conditions. Today, we are one of the Southeast's top referral centers. We help you overcome the hurdles of congenital heart disease and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle, whether you are making the transition from our pediatric congenital heart disease program or are new to the area.

Conditions We Treat

Our specialists provide high-quality care to children with the full spectrum of heart disease.

Meet Your Team
Our team's skill, expertise, and commitment to high-quality patient care ensure our patients grow into healthy, productive adults. Learn more about the team of specialists who will take care of your child.

Leaders in Pediatric Heart Research

As a member of the Pediatric Heart Network, a consortium of leading hospitals from around the world, Duke doctors and researchers are leading basic, translational, and clinical research aimed at understanding, preventing, and treating congenital and acquired heart disease. Our scientists are also studying ways to improve patient outcomes after surgery. 

As a Duke patient, your child may be eligible to participate in clinical trials that are studying novel uses of cardiac imaging, new approaches to treat heart disease, and better ways to repair congenital heart defects.

You can schedule a new appointment with some of our providers online. Use this link to find available times and clinic locations.

This page was medically reviewed on 02/09/2022 by