Why Choose Connecticut Children’s for Heart Care?

  • We are a top 50-ranked cardiology and heart surgery program by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals survey
  • No other program in Connecticut has pediatric cardiac specialists involved in all parts of a child’s care—from prenatal through adulthood, office visits through surgery, and in the neonatal intensive care unit after birth
  • We are specially trained to treat heart conditions as children grow
  • Connecticut Children’s uses the latest, most advanced technologies to diagnose and treat all types of pediatric heart disease—from the most common to the extremely complex
  • If surgery is needed, rest assured that your child is in good hands, as more than 10,000 heart surgeries have been performed at Connecticut Children’s in the last 20 years
  • Our fetal cardiology program identifies congenital heart defects in unborn babies
  • Our adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) program is one of the first in the country to be accredited as an ACHD Accredited Comprehensive Care Center by the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA)

Why Choose Connecticut Children’s for Heart Care?

  • We are a top 50-ranked cardiology and heart surgery program by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals survey
  • No other program in Connecticut has pediatric cardiac specialists involved in all parts of a child’s care—from prenatal through adulthood, office visits through surgery, and in the neonatal intensive care unit after birth
  • We are specially trained to treat heart conditions as children grow
  • Connecticut Children’s uses the latest, most advanced technologies to diagnose and treat all types of pediatric heart disease—from the most common to the extremely complex
  • If surgery is needed, rest assured that your child is in good hands, as more than 10,000 heart surgeries have been performed at Connecticut Children’s in the last 20 years
  • Our fetal cardiology program identifies congenital heart defects in unborn babies
  • Our adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) program is one of the first in the country to be accredited as an ACHD Accredited Comprehensive Care Center by the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA)

Stories from the Heart

Lincoln's Story

At two and a half years old, Lincoln is a chatterbox, a flirt and in the words of mom Jennifer, “a ham and a half.” He is also the survivor of five congenital heart defects.

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Vondel's Story

Just four days after surgery to correct an atrioventricular (AV) canal defect, Vondel sauntered out of his room and told the PICU team he wanted to go home – about five days ahead of schedule!

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Olivia's Story

Another hospital told Olivia’s parents her condition was “incompatible with life,” so they sought care at Connecticut Children’s. Today, she is an honor student and is on the school cheerleading squad.

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Siaana's Story

Siaana was diagnosed with a rare heart defect in November 2014, just days before Thanksgiving. “Connecticut Children’s has given us so much to be thankful for,” her mom says.

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Specialized Surgical Care

Our pediatric heart surgeons work with pediatric cardiologists to repair certain types of heart defects in small babies, who would otherwise need to wait until they’re big enough to undergo open heart surgery.

Connecticut Children’s is excited to welcome a new cardiovascular surgeon to our expert team. Raina Sinha, MD, MPH, FACC brings additional experience in such areas as:

  • Complex neonatal cardiac defects
  • Valve repair
  • Adult congenital heart surgery

Meet Dr. Sinha

Specialized Surgical Care

Our pediatric heart surgeons work with pediatric cardiologists to repair certain types of heart defects in small babies, who would otherwise need to wait until they’re big enough to undergo open heart surgery.

Connecticut Children’s is excited to welcome a new cardiovascular surgeon to our expert team. Raina Sinha, MD, MPH, FACC brings additional experience in such areas as:

  • Complex neonatal cardiac defects
  • Valve repair
  • Adult congenital heart surgery

Meet Dr. Sinha

Joseph’s Story

Little Joseph was diagnosed with Transposition of the Greater Arteries in the womb while his mother Marisol was just 20 weeks pregnant. Shortly after birth, he was whisked to Connecticut Children’s for a life-saving surgery on his mother’s own birthday, giving her a gift she won’t soon forget.

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Joseph’s Story

Little Joseph was diagnosed with Transposition of the Greater Arteries in the womb while his mother Marisol was just 20 weeks pregnant. Shortly after birth, he was whisked to Connecticut Children’s for a life-saving surgery on his mother’s own birthday, giving her a gift she won’t soon forget.

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Our Pediatric Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery Team

Dennis M. Mello, MD
Clinical Director, Cardiovascular Surgery
Shailendra Upadhyay, MD, CEPS, FHRS
Medical Director, Division of Pediatric Cardiology
Dr. Raina Sinha
Raina Sinha, MD, MPH, FACC
Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Frederic Bernstein, DO
Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery
Alexandra Channing, MD
Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery
Brooke T. Davey, MD
Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery
Alex Golden, MD, MMM
Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery
Felice Heller, MD
Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery
Seth Lapuk, MD
Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery
Harris Leopold, MD
Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery
Olga Toro-Salazar, MD
Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery
Alicia Wang, MD
Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery
Whitney Fairchild
Whitney Fairchild, MSN, APRN, RN-BC, FNP-BC
Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery
Jill M. Sullivan, MS, PA-C
Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery

Our Pediatric Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery Locations

Main campus building
Main Campus – Hartford
282 Washington St.
Hartford, CT, 06106

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Specialty Care Center – Danbury
105-A Newtown Road
Danbury, Connecticut, 06810

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Specialty Care Center – Farmington
11 South Road
Farmington, CT, 06032

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Glastonbury specialty care center building
Specialty Care Center – Glastonbury
310 Western Blvd.
Glastonbury, CT, 06033

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Backus Outpatient Care Center
111 Salem Turnpike
Norwich, CT , 06360

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Specialty Care Center – Shelton
2 Ivy Brook Road, Suite 213
Shelton, Connecticut, 06484

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