About the Program

Nurse and patient

The University of Maryland Children's Hospital knows that when a child is sick, the whole family is affected. So our pediatric heart specialists concentrate on treating the physical and emotional needs of our patients and their entire families. The Children's Heart Program cares for the entire family by helping families understand what's happening with their child and by providing educational resources, lifestyle support and counseling as needed.

One of our most important jobs at the Children's Heart Program is to help families understand what is happening with their child. Our team of pediatric cardiologists spends time with each family to ensure that all questions are answered and that they feel supported during their time at the University of Maryland Children's Hospital.

As an academic medical institution, the Children's Heart Program also dedicates research efforts to improving the lives of infants and children with heart disease through clinical innovations and improved treatment options. The Children's Heart Program is part of The National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative (NPC-QIC), whose mission is to improve dramatically the outcomes of care for children with cardiovascular disease. As part of this network, the Children's Heart Program has access to pediatric cardiologists across North America who are collaborating on quality improvement and research projects for our youngest patients.

Learn more about our physicians.

Learn more about the roles of team members within the Children's Heart Program and PICU.

Specialized Care

Children born with congenital heart disease are living longer now than ever before. The Children's Heart Program has the trained staff and experts to provide complex medical and surgical care for patients with congenital heart disease from birth, through childhood and into adulthood, addressing a need for extended cardiac care from infancy through life.

  • Before birth (Fetal echocardiograms)
  • Through childhood (Pediatric cardiac surgery)
  • During adulthood (Adult congenital disease)

What to Expect During Your Visit

The Children's Heart Program is located within the University of Maryland Children's Hospital. Faculty physicians, nursing staff and Children's Hospital specialists work hard to help families feel comfortable during their visits and to keep life as normal as possible for children who become in-patients. The Children's Hospital knows that when a child is sick, the whole family is affected. 

Read more about what to expect at the Children's Hospital in this Patient Family Guidebook. 

To make an appointment with the Children's Heart Program, please call 410-328-4FIT (4348) (patients) or 1-800-373-4111 (physicians).

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