The Children’s Hospital Heart Institute Cardiac Specialists Recognized Nationally and Internationally for Research, Techno

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nearly 40,000 babies in the U.S. and a million worldwide are born each year with heart defects, according to The Children’s Heart Foundation. In Colorado, renowned, board-certified pediatric cardiac surgeons, cardiologists and other specialists within The Children’s Hospital Heart Institute provide leading-edge care to young cardiac patients. The Heart Institute cares for newborns as well as babies still in utero, infants, children, adolescents and young adults with all forms of congenital and acquired heart disease.

Below is an abbreviated list of programs and innovative procedures, technology and research currently being conducted at The Children’s Hospital Heart Institute:

  • The Children's Hospital Heart Transplant Program, associated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine Transplant Program, is the region’s only pediatric heart transplant program and is ranked among the top five percent of programs nationally.
  • The Children’s Hospital and the University of Colorado Hospital are jointly establishing a center for advanced maternal fetal medicine offering state-of-the-art care for pregnant women and their high-risk babies. The initiative will further the diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart abnormalities in utero as well as care following delivery.
  • The Children’s Hospital’s partnership with the University of Colorado also provides an adult congenital heart program, which offers patients over 18 a seamless transition from a pediatric cardiologist to an adult specialist.
  • The Children’s Hospital’s interventional cardiologists have been a part of pioneering the minimally invasive use of catheters to reach and repair heart defects in children. A recent example is the hospital’s Melody Valve Program, which allows the placement of a catheter-deployed valve in a patient’s pulmonary artery, in order to postpone or limit more involved open-heart surgery.
  • The Children’s Hospital hosts one of the premier pulmonary hypertension programs in the U.S. with the primary goal of improving overall quality of life with a focus on early detection and treatment. The program offers state-of-the-art diagnostics, consultation and long-term follow-up care for children with pulmonary hypertension and their families. It also advocates screening for pulmonary hypertension in susceptible patient groups and promotes continued monitoring for those at risk of developing the disease.
  • The Children’s Hospital offers a comprehensive extracorporeal life support (ECLS) program, which provides mechanical support to patients with heart, lung and circulation failure. The program encompasses the ventricular assist device system for patients awaiting heart transplantation.
  • The Children’s Hospital offers the only dedicated pediatric cardiac intensive care and pediatric cardiac progressive care units within a nearly 1,000-mile radius.

The Children’s Hospital’s cardiac specialists have earned national and international reputations in the field of pediatric cardiology as a part of Children’s Heart Institute. Some Children’s Hospital Heart Institute experts include:

Dunbar Ivy, M.D., holds the Selby’s Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiology and is the chief of pediatric cardiology, director of the Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Program and co-medical director of the Heart Institute at The Children’s Hospital. Specialties include pulmonary hypertension, cardiac intensive care, heart transplantation and cardiac catheterization.

James Jaggers, M.D., is the Barton-Elliman Chair in Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery and co-medical director of the Heart Institute at The Children’s Hospital. Dr. Jaggers specializes in repairing complex congenital heart defects in babies and newborns and is among the first to receive a new certification in congenital cardiac surgery designated by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Shannon M. Buckvold, M.D., is the director of the ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) program for The Children’s Hospital Heart Institute. She specializes in the intensive care of infants, children and young adults with critical congenital and acquired heart disease.

David Campbell, M.D., is the surgical director of both The Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Heart Transplant Program and its Adult Congenital Cardiac Care Program. More than 450 heart transplants have been performed under his leadership. Specialties include transplantation and adult congenital cardiology.

Eduardo da Cruz, M.D., is the director of The Children’s Hospital’s cardiac intensive care unit (CICU) and co-director of its cardiac progressive care unit (CPCU).

Stephen R. Daniels, M.D., Ph.D., is The Children’s Hospital’s pediatrician-in-chief and the L. Joseph Butterfield Chair in Pediatrics. Dr. Daniels’ research interests are in childhood obesity and how obesity relates to cardiovascular abnormalities in the young, including problems with blood pressure, cholesterol and heart function.

Biagio (Bill) A. Pietra, M.D., is the medical director of the Cardiac Transplant Program at The Children’s Hospital. A recognized expert in cardiac transplantation, his research interests include investigations of the immune basis for transplant coronary artery disease in children.

Adel Younoszai, M.D. is the director of cardiac imaging and fetal cardiology at The Children’s Hospital. His clinical interests include fetal cardiac intervention and the non-invasive evaluation of pulmonary hypertension.


The Children’s Hospital has defined and delivered pediatric healthcare excellence for more than 100 years. Founded in 1908, The Children’s Hospital is a leading nonprofit pediatric network entirely devoted to the health and well-being of children. Continually recognized as one of the nation’s outstanding hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, The Children’s Hospital is known both for its nationally and internationally recognized medical, research and education programs as well as the full spectrum of everyday care for kids throughout Colorado and surrounding states. With more than 1,000 healthcare professionals representing the full spectrum of pediatric specialties, The Children’s Hospital network includes its main campus on the Anschutz Medical Campus, 15 Network of Care locations and more than 400 outreach clinics. For more information, visit


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