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The pediatric cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons at Boston Children's Hospital have pioneered several of the interventional catheterization repair techniques now used widely for many congenital heart defects, including pulmonary valve stenosis.
At Boston Children's, our care is informed by our research. Our scientists investigate every aspect of the heart and the conditions that affect it, so we can offer new and improved treatments to our patients.
The primary goal of our valve research is to combine our clinical and engineering expertise to advance the state of the art in the surgical repair of heart valves.
Major themes of our research include:
Members of the Boston Children’s Cardiac Surgery Research Laboratory—a multidisciplinary team of basic and applied research investigators, all of whom hold faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School—are studying the mechanisms of heart disease and new treatments for children with congenital heart defects.
Some principal areas of active research are:
Read more about Boston Children’s cardiac research.
Boston Children’s is a world leader in opening new avenues of “translational research,” bringing laboratory advances to the bedside and doctor’s office as soon as possible. Senior medical staff members of the Department of Cardiology—all of whom hold faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School—participate in clinical research activities, and many do laboratory research, as well.
Read more about Boston Children’s cardiology research.
Clinical heart researchers at Boston Children’s have created a new Congenital Heart Valve Program with a focus on valve repair, rather than replacement. The new program has formed in response to the greater emphasis currently being placed on identifying and treating valve abnormalities in children and young adults with congenital heart disease.
Part of our approach to valve repair is finding new ways to get more accurate imaging information ahead of time with tools such as 3-dimensional (3D) echo and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Through use of advanced imaging, our specialists can better understand the mechanism of valve dysfunction, and the appropriate repair to address that mechanism. Boston Children’s studies in the new program will be ongoing.
In 1938, Boston Children’s cardiac surgeon Robert Gross, MD, performed the world’s first successful surgery to correct a child’s heart defect. Since then, we’ve gained recognition around the globe for our leadership in pediatric cardiology, and we continue to make critical advances in the field. In 2011, U.S. News & World Report named Children’s cardiology and cardiac surgery programs the best of any pediatric hospital in the country.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”