Congenital Heart Valve Program | Overview

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Contact the Congenital Heart Valve Program

The Boston Children's Hospital Heart Center’s Congenital Heart Valve Program - part of the #1 ranked Heart Center - is dedicated to the care of children and adults with congenital heart defects that involve absent or poorly functioning heart valves.  

Our care is driven by our research. To offer new and improved treatments to our patients, our scientists investigate many aspects of the heart and the conditions that affect it.

Christopher Baird, MD, leads the Congenital Heart Valve Program at Boston Children's Hospital.

“We have a particular interest in understanding the intricate details and structure of congenitally malformed heart valves in order to facilitate our ability to repair rather than replace diseased heart valves.”


Christopher W. Baird, MD
Director, Congenital Heart Valve Center 

Our cardiologists and surgeons have a strong record of excellence in caring for patients with heart valve disease. We focus on surgical valve repair rather than replacement, and whenever possible we take the most minimally invasive approach to treatment.

Number of heart valve procedures performed at Boston Children's Hospital.

  • Using innovative three-dimensional imaging, we determine the right approach for treating heart valve disease.
  • With our new catheter techniques, we can improve the function of heart valves that were once considered untreatable.
  • Through clinical trials and evaluations of different techniques, we are determining the safety and effectiveness of new surgical valve therapies.

Read more about the latest research and developments in Congenital Heart Valve surgeries and management under the publications tab.

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- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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