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Cardiology - Heart Month

Specialized Pediatric Heart Care

Connecticut Children’s Heart Center provides lifelong care for pediatric heart conditions—starting from before birth and continuing through adulthood.

Offering Innovative Technology and Treatments

From being the first in the world to obtain approval for a life-saving device to using the latest cardiac imaging technologies, the Heart Center is advancing pediatric heart care. We’re also home to one of the nation’s first accredited adult congenital heart disease programs.

Connecting All the Dots for Your Family

We make care convenient, bringing together the right specialists, surgeons, diagnostic techniques, innovative treatments and support teams at the right time—while keeping in close contact with your child’s primary care pediatrician.

High-Quality Care, Close to Home

Choose one of six convenient locations for pediatric heart care:

Connecticut Children’s offers cardiac care to congenital heart disease patients from before birth through adulthood. Our congenital cardiac surgeons specialize in:

  • Complex neonatal repair
  • Single ventricle palliation
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Adult congenital heart surgery

Our goal is to eliminate the need to stop the heart during surgery, as well as reduce the need for multiple surgeries. Our specialists are continuously advancing medical research in this area.

Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect in children, affecting nearly 1 in every 100 newborns in the U.S. If your unborn baby is diagnosed with a congenital heart condition, our specially-trained pediatric cardiologists will work with your family to plan and make thoughtful decisions about your treatment options. With early detection, most children with heart problems can enjoy happy and healthy futures.

Our fetal cardiology team provides advanced diagnostics and management of congenital heart disease in unborn babies. Our services include fetal echocardiography, which allows our pediatric cardiologists to identify many heart abnormalities during pregnancy.

We collaborate with area hospitals, obstetricians, maternal-fetal medicine specialists, neonatologists and pediatricians to ensure comprehensive, collaborative care. Connecticut Children’s is home to a Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) that provides the highest level and most acute care possible for babies born with heart defects.

At Connecticut Children’s, our team of cardiologists specializes in the treatment of congenital heart defects in adults. In collaboration with Hartford Hospital, we offer comprehensive diagnostics, lifestyle counseling, medical management and interventional and surgical treatment for the full spectrum of conditions related to ACHD.

Connecticut Children’s is proud to be one of the first ACHD programs in the country to be accredited as an ACHD Accredited Comprehensive Care Center by the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA).

Our services include:

  • Heart failure management
  • Catheter-based congenital heart disease interventions
  • Adult congenital heart disease arrhythmia management, including state-of-the-art catheter ablations, pacemaker/AICD implant and management
  • Heart transplant program in partnership with Hartford Hospital
  • Congenital echocardiography and cardiac MRI
  • Comprehensive management of pulmonary hypertension
  • Cardio-pulmonary exercise physiology laboratory
  • Outpatient clinical management
  • Cardiovascular Surgery

    Connecticut Children’s offers cardiac care to congenital heart disease patients from before birth through adulthood. Our congenital cardiac surgeons specialize in:

    • Complex neonatal repair
    • Single ventricle palliation
    • Minimally invasive surgery
    • Adult congenital heart surgery

    Our goal is to eliminate the need to stop the heart during surgery, as well as reduce the need for multiple surgeries. Our specialists are continuously advancing medical research in this area.

  • Fetal Cardiology

    Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect in children, affecting nearly 1 in every 100 newborns in the U.S. If your unborn baby is diagnosed with a congenital heart condition, our specially-trained pediatric cardiologists will work with your family to plan and make thoughtful decisions about your treatment options. With early detection, most children with heart problems can enjoy happy and healthy futures.

    Our fetal cardiology team provides advanced diagnostics and management of congenital heart disease in unborn babies. Our services include fetal echocardiography, which allows our pediatric cardiologists to identify many heart abnormalities during pregnancy.

    We collaborate with area hospitals, obstetricians, maternal-fetal medicine specialists, neonatologists and pediatricians to ensure comprehensive, collaborative care. Connecticut Children’s is home to a Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) that provides the highest level and most acute care possible for babies born with heart defects.

  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD)

    At Connecticut Children’s, our team of cardiologists specializes in the treatment of congenital heart defects in adults. In collaboration with Hartford Hospital, we offer comprehensive diagnostics, lifestyle counseling, medical management and interventional and surgical treatment for the full spectrum of conditions related to ACHD.

    Connecticut Children’s is proud to be one of the first ACHD programs in the country to be accredited as an ACHD Accredited Comprehensive Care Center by the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA).

    Our services include:

    • Heart failure management
    • Catheter-based congenital heart disease interventions
    • Adult congenital heart disease arrhythmia management, including state-of-the-art catheter ablations, pacemaker/AICD implant and management
    • Heart transplant program in partnership with Hartford Hospital
    • Congenital echocardiography and cardiac MRI
    • Comprehensive management of pulmonary hypertension
    • Cardio-pulmonary exercise physiology laboratory
    • Outpatient clinical management

Grow Healthy: Jenna-Lee's Story

Jenna-Lee had already gone through open-heart surgery as a toddler, but when asbestos and mold were discovered in her home, she faced new health risks. To give her a safe place to grow up, her family needed help. Connecticut Children’s and Healthy Homes took care of everything.

Read Jenna-Lee's Story

Grow Bold: Penny's Story

It wasn’t until she was born that Penny’s parents found out about her heart condition and Down syndrome. “I remember I said to my mom, ‘I don’t know if I can do this,’” says her father, Scott. “She said, ‘You will. You’ll learn how.’ And then, when we got to Connecticut Children’s, we were reassured.”

Read Penny's Story

First in the World: Haresh's Story

Haresh Surti may be young at heart, but at 62 years old, he is no kid. Lots of adults receive adult congenital heart disease care at Connecticut Children's, so that part of his story isn't unusual. But his story is rare for another reason. In fact, it’s the first in the world.

Read Haresh's Story

A New Normal: Lauren's Story

Connecticut Children’s is one of the few pediatric health systems that specializes in treating pulmonary hypertension. When Lauren was diagnosed at 15, she was in right heart failure and very sick. After several months of treatment, she is adjusting to her “new normal” and enjoying life.

Read Lauren's Story

Our Pediatric Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery Team

Dr. Mello headshot
Dennis M. Mello, MD
Clinical Director, Cardiovascular Surgery
Shailendra Upadhyay, MD, CEPS, FHRS
Division Head, Pediatric Cardiology
Dr. Raina Sinha
Raina Sinha, MD, MPH, FACC
Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Frederic Bernstein, DO
Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery
Brooke T. Davey, MD
Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery
James Enos, MD
James Enos, MD
Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery
Alex Golden, MD, MMM
Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery
Felice Heller, MD
Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery
Dr. Caitlin Heyden
Caitlin Heyden, DO
Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery
Dr. Joseph Kuruvilla
Joseph Kuruvilla, DO, FAAP
Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery
Seth Lapuk, MD
Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery
Harris Leopold, MD
Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery
Olga Toro-Salazar, MD
Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery
Dr. Anna Tsirka
Anna Tsirka, MD
Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery
Alicia Wang, MD
Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery
Whitney Fairchild
Whitney Fairchild, MSN, APRN, RN-BC, FNP-BC
Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery
Kathleen Kellerman
Kathleen Kellerman, PA-C, MHS
Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery
Jill M. Sullivan, MS, PA-C
Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery

Schedule a Video Visit

See a Connecticut Children’s pediatric specialist from home or another secure location using your smartphone, tablet or personal computer!

Learn more about Video Visits >

Schedule an In-Person Visit

Need to schedule an in-person appointment? If you haven’t seen us before, please complete the form to request an appointment. We will contact you within one business day. Existing patients: schedule an appointment using MyChart.

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Cardiology - Heart Month