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The Pediatric Cardiology Program provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art diagnosis, treatment and long-term follow-up care for infants, children and adolescents with all types of acquired and congenital cardiac conditions.
Our team has particular expertise and achieves excellent outcomes in several areas, including percutaneous transcatheter (minimally invasive) procedures, echocardiography, fetal echocardiography, lipid disorders and adult congenital heart disease.
Cardiology services include:
As a separate but fully integrated part of Massachusetts General Hospital—a pioneer and leader in the treatment and research of cardiac disease—Pediatric Cardiology offers patients and their families the best of both worlds, including:
All of this—and much more—is provided within the family-friendly setting of a pediatric “hospital within a hospital.” Outpatient services are provided in the beautiful new Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care and many other convenient locations in Massachusetts. Inpatient care is provided in spacious, up-to-date units that were specifically designed to appeal to children and meet the unique needs of pediatric patients and their families.
Patients undergoing diagnosis and treatment in Pediatric Cardiology also benefit from having access to all the advanced technologies available at Mass General—technologies that, in some cases, might not otherwise be available to pediatric patients.
The size of the Pediatric Cardiology practice fosters a sense of intimacy that is very reassuring to both parents and children, and encourages close communication among the multidisciplinary specialists involved in each child’s care, including referring physicians.
Our commitment to clinical excellence, combined with our focus on understanding and addressing the unique needs of each patient and family, is one of the reasons parents are highly satisfied with the care their child has received.
The cornerstone of Pediatric Cardiology is our closely knit multidisciplinary team of physicians and other pediatric care providers, who work collaboratively to provide personalized care for each patient.
This team includes not only highly experienced board-certified pediatric cardiologists, all of whom are on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, but also cardiac anesthesiologists, nurses, intensivists, social workers, child life specialists, case managers, chaplains, dietitians and others. All of these dedicated professionals specialize in the management of pediatric patients.
A physician member of this team communicates regularly and works collaboratively with the referring physician and patient’s family to ensure that each child’s care is well-coordinated, whether the patient is an inpatient, outpatient or back at home. We understand the important role of referring physicians in the patient’s and family’s life, and return patients to their care as quickly as possible.
While every member of the patient’s care team is vitally important, we are especially proud of our pediatric nurses, whose dedication and expertise helped make Mass General a Magnet Hospital—the state’s first—which is the highest honor for nursing excellence.
Pediatric Cardiology offers a comprehensive range of services to meet the unique needs of each patient and family from before birth and continuing throughout childhood and adulthood.
Through regular, interdisciplinary meetings and close collaboration, all of these services are seamlessly integrated so that each patient’s care is always well-coordinated and the patient’s family and referring physicians are kept well-informed.
MassGeneral Hospital for Children offers a wide range of services and programs designed to help patients of all ages and their family members understand and cope with the diagnosis and treatment of a cardiac condition.
Child Life Specialists
To help normalize the hospital setting, our certified child life specialists offer patients and their siblings numerous age-appropriate opportunities for play and socialization with their peers. Learn more.
Family Support Group
A Family Support Group gives parents, including those with a prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease, an opportunity to share experiences and advice, and provide each other with emotional support.
Our other services include pre-admission tours for children and families, one-on-one and group educational programs and a School Re-Entry Program.
Additional services available to MGHfC patients and families include:
State-of-the-Art Pediatric Facilities
MassGeneral Hospital for Children Pediatric Cardiology includes state-of-the-art pediatric facilities in a family friendly, cheerful setting of a pediatric "hospital within a hospital." The Pediatric Cardiology Unit provides outpatient services in the beautiful new Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care as well as other convenient locations through Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire.
Diagnostic cardiac catheterization procedures are performed in a state-of-the-art catheterization laboratory dedicated to pediatric patients. We perform diagnostic cardiac catheterization procedures for all age groups — from small babies to adults of any age with congenital heart disease.
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
Our 14-bed PICU provides monitoring and life-sustaining treatment for critically ill infants, children and adolescents. Our PICU offers advanced cardiovascular, neurological and respiratory support, including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), which was pioneered at Mass General. All PICU attendings are trained in pediatric critical care medicine, and cardiac patients are followed by a dedicated cardiac intensivist as well as their pediatric cardiologist.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Our 14-bed NICU (with four intermediate care beds) provides critical care to premature and critically ill neonates. This Level III unit provides the most advanced technological resources for cardiac patients, including ECMO and inhaled nitric oxide, and the specialized expertise of a multidisciplinary neonatology team that includes a cardiac intensivist, as well as the Heart Center attending involved in the infant’s care.
In both the PICU and NICU (as well as general inpatient pediatric units), parents or guardians are welcome at any time, and may stay overnight at their child’s bedside in comfortable sleep chairs or day beds. Parents and family members have access to free wireless Internet service, and there is a children’s play area to help keep siblings occupied.
Pediatric Transport Team
An experienced Transport Team at MGHfC provides consultation and close- or long-distance transports for premature or medically fragile patients 24 hours day (877-644-8988).
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care
To schedule an appointment with a MassGeneral for Children pediatric specialist, please call 888-644-3248 or complete our online appointment form to request an appointment.
Physicians may call 888-644-3211 or use the online referral form and the Access & New Appointment Center will call your patient within 1 business day.
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