Congenital Heart Defects

Care for patients with congenital cardiac disease requires highly specialized physicians and support staff who understand the structure and late complications of a heart with congenital malformations. As children with congenital heart disease enter adolescence and later adulthood, it's important that their cardiac care continues to be overseen by specialists in congenital cardiac conditions who can address their specific medical needs in facilities designed to care for adults.

Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program

Unlike other medical centers or stand-alone children's hospitals, the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center, together with Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute, can skillfully care for adolescents and adults with congenital cardiac disease. This allows physicians who have spent their entire careers taking care of patients with congenital heart disease to continue to treat the congenital heart aspects of these patients' lives well into adulthood.

The Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program is led by Larry Latson, MD, a pioneer in interventional catheterization techniques and Todd Roth, MD, one of the few graduates of a dedicated Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) fellowship training program. Our team provides diagnosis, treatment, management, comprehensive consultation and psychosocial support for late adolescent and adult patients with congenital heart disease. It is staffed by a specialized, multidisciplinary team.

Advanced cardiac interventions, such as Melody® Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve Replacement—a revolutionary, non-surgical alternative to open heart surgery—are performed in our cardiac catheterization laboratories. Echocardiographic laboratories and operating rooms are specially equipped for the evaluation and management of children with cardiac malformations and are also used for adult patients.

Our state-of-the-art Pediatric and Adult Congenital Hybrid Suite is capable of supporting procedures that combine catheterization with surgery for children and adults with congenital cardiac defects.

Adults with acquired cardiac and vascular diseases and conditions such as peripheral vascular disease, coronary artery disease and some types of acquired valve disease can be treated in the Adult Hybrid Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute.

Learn more about Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery