The Pediatric Cardiology Division provides comprehensive care for children with heart disease, conducts seminal research, and oversees a nationally recognized training program.
Under the direction of Gerald Greil, M.D., Ph.D., Pogue Family Distinguished Chair in Pediatric Cardiology, the Division has 23 board-certified pediatric cardiologists, each with a special area of expertise, including critical care medicine, interventional catheterization, electrophysiology, advanced imaging including cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computed Tomography (CT), fetal cardiology, cardiac transplantation, heart failure, prevention, and adults with congenital heart disease.
Excellence in Patient Care
The Division provides services at Children’s Health℠ Children’s Medical Center Dallas and Children’s Medical Center Plano in:
- Outpatient clinics (~8,000 visits/year)
- A 22-bed inpatient telemetry floor dedicated to cardiac patients
- A 20-bed dedicated Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
- Two catheterization laboratories for diagnostic and interventional procedures, including catheter ablation
- A 1.5T cardiac MRI scanner fully dedicated to Pediatric Cardiac Imaging with and without general anesthesia. The close proximity of this scanner to the cardiac catheterization laboratory allows combined MRI-cardiac catheterization procedures (XMRI).
- All imaging facilities are in close proximity to the OR, allowing intra- and perioperative assessment of surgical and cardiac catheterization procedures.
- An echocardiography suite, including special areas for fetal echocardiography, as well as a complete noninvasive monitoring laboratory
The Division has one of the most active heart transplantation programs in the country. Together with our surgical colleagues, we cared for children having over 350 open-heart surgeries in 2009. Learn more about the excellence of our patient care.
Leadership in Research
Division faculty are highly respected in the academic community, participating as editors, reviewers, study section members, and representatives to subspecialty societies. Ongoing investigations include novel therapeutics in the interventional catheterization laboratory, prevention of sudden cardiac death, modulation of hemostasis, natural history of the ductus arteriosus, and development of advanced imaging. Finally, we have been at the forefront of understanding the genetic control of congenital heart defects. Learn more about our state-of-the-art research.
Education of Future Leaders
The Division is dedicated to the training of medical students, residents, and fellows. Our fellowship currently accepts two trainees per year in the categorical program, and advanced training is available in cardiac critical care, catheterization/intervention, advanced imaging, and cardiac transplantation. Learn more about our education and training programs.