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Here at our Heart Center, we are dedicated to achieving the best possible outcomes for every patient—as well as providing long-term support for every family. We have been named #1 in Cardiology and Heart Surgery by the U.S.News & World Report.

Our top-ranked team treats the full spectrum of cardiac disorders, including the rarest and most complex congenital heart defects. Our patients range from babies still in the womb to adults. They come to Boston Children’s from every part of the U.S., as well as from all over the world, for care that combines:

  • The most advanced medical and surgical treatments
  • Groundbreaking innovations and discoveries
  • Close working relationships with—and guidance for—all members of the family
  • Partnerships with each family's local doctors and care providers

Click here for more information on our volumes and outcomes.

7 Questions to Ask your pediatric heart center

7 Questions Parents Should Ask Every Pediatric Heart Center

Many heart defects can be detected and treated before the baby is even born. Bring this PDF printout with you the next time you visit your pediatric heart center.

Download our list of questions.

Programs and services

We maintain one of the world’s largest teams of highly trained pediatric cardiologists and cardiac surgeons, with extensive sub-specialty expertise across dozens of programs and services, including ones exclusively offered provided through Boston Children’s Heart Center.

Volumes and outcomes

Despite treating the most serious congenital heart conditions, the Boston Children's Hospital Heart Center has some of the best success rates in the world, with surgical survival rates that approach 99 percent.

Whenever we can, we choose minimally invasive approaches to treat heart disease. We believe strongly in:

  • Choosing catheterization over open-heart surgery
  • Repairing heart valves rather than replacing them
  • Using medical management in place of heart-lung bypass machines and other ventricular-assist devices

A world-class care team

The Boston Children’s Heart Center team is made up of more than 500 individual experts. This size allows us to offer customized care, in more specialties, for every patient.

  • Our team members have extensive training not only in pediatric cardiology, but in treating all congenital heart disease.
  • Our experts have developed one of the nation's premier programs for adults with congenital heart conditions.
  • Our doctors and nurses are also pioneers in life-saving fetal cardiac interventions.
  • The care we provide doesn't begin when patients are admitted to the hospital, or end when they go home-and it isn't restricted by a patient's age. We serve as a resource for all patients with congenital heart defects.

Quality and safety

Our commitment to delivering exceptional care extends to quality and safety initiatives, too. 

  • Our transplant cases are actually decreasing—because we have come up with new ways to treat conditions that previously required transplantation.
  • In some cases, our surgical caseloads are also decreasing, due to our widespread use of catheterization.
  • Our patient-to-nurse ratio has decreased because of our nursing staff’s elite level of experience.
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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.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

Boston Children's Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
For Patients: 617-355-6000 | 800-355-7944
For Referring Providers: 844-BCH-PEDS