As a parent, you always want your kids to be in the best hands. The Children’s Heart Institute at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital offers the most advanced heart treatments available and has been named a top children’s hospital in Cardiology & Heart Surgery by U.S. News & World Report. It’s the high level of care you need, and it’s designed for your child—and for you.

Advancing health. Personalizing care.

A passion for innovative solutions, a desire to provide hope to children, outside-the-box thinking, and quality outcomes – these are the hallmarks of the Children’s Heart Institute at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.

The Children’s Heart Institute offers variety of treatments and services for congenital heart defects and pediatric heart conditions. We provide the full spectrum of diagnostic testing and evaluations to patients as well as a broad range of both surgical and nonsurgical treatment options, including but not limited to:

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Outcomes

The Children’s Heart Institute ranks among the elite for congenital heart surgery programs in the United States and Canada in reports from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). Additionally, a recent study found that our heart program stands out among other ranked programs as performing the most complex cases and having high quality outcomes, despite taking on the most complex cases.

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Why Choose the Children’s Heart Institute

We’re honored to be recognized in the following areas and offer patients from across the country and the world access to personalized care that is customized for their exact needs.

  • The Fetal Center affiliated with Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital - Offers patients with congenital heart defects (CHD) a complete range of prenatal testing and fetal interventions with a coordinated program for mother and child before, during and after birth.
  • ECMO Center of Excellence – Gold Level, designated by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization in recognition of those centers that demonstrate an exceptional commitment to evidence-based processes and quality measures, staff training and continuing education, patient satisfaction and ongoing clinical care.
  • Children’s Level 1 Surgery Center - Verified as a Level 1 Children’s Surgery Center for meeting the highest standards in surgical quality with a track record of preventing complications, reducing costs and saving lives.
  • Level IV NICU & Level IV Maternal Facility - Denotes the highest level of care, designated by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
  • MAGNET® Designated Hospital - Recognition in quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice.
  • Access to 40+ subspecialties - We offer care in more than 40 children's and women’s specialties for children and women in all stages of life.

Heart Heroes

  • portrait of patient halo

    A Heart's Odyssey: Baby Halo's Courageous Battle Against Two Rare Heart Conditions

    February 19, 2024

    Their journey, however, took an unexpected and dramatic turn when, at just 22 weeks’ gestation, Jameka’s water broke prematurely. Fearing the worst, they rushed to a local Houston hospital where Jameka was admitted to the Labor & Delivery unit.

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  • patient kayden

    Message from the heart: A life-changing text message and story of hope at the Children's Heart Institute at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital

    January 24, 2024

    For Demetric Fisher, her daughter Kaydan's health was such a test. Born on June 20, 2012, in Jackson, Miss., little Kaydan’s life led her family on an emotional rollercoaster that would shape their lives for years to come.

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  • patient William portrait

    William’s CDH and heart journey: A story of hope, resilience and positive outcomes

    January 23, 2024

    Despite the previous reassuring tests, William’s position during the ultrasound raised concerns. His heart appeared too far to the left and his stomach couldn’t be located.

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  • patient slade

    Slade’s Story: A Journey to a Flawless Heart Transplant

    February 24, 2023

    Shortly after Slade was born in October 2011, he was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy. This condition is dominated by a heart that’s too big, causing the heart muscle to be very weak and have a leaky mitral valve.

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  • patient Luke Keaton

    Luke’s Story: Above and beyond care after a hypoplastic left heart syndrome diagnosis

    February 7, 2023

    As soon as possible, she and Troy made an appointment with The Fetal Center at Children Memorial Hermann Hospital for an in-utero echocardiogram, which would provide a detailed image of their baby's heart. Prenatal diagnosis plays a vital role in identifying critical cardiac defects, helps guide ...

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  • patient theodore

    Giving Theodore a fighting chance: This little heart warrior beat the odds after HLHS diagnosis

    February 6, 2023

    Theodore was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), a complex congenital heart defect in which the left side of the heart is underdeveloped and cannot pump oxygen-rich blood to the body. Babies with this condition need a minimum of three open-heart surgeries. ...

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  • Patient Flora Sandt

    Miracle at the Children’s Heart Institute: Flora Sandt Avoids a Heart Transplant

    June 14, 2022

    At the age of 5 months, Flora Sandt was already sitting and starting to roll, and she could push herself up on her belly and look around. She is the third child of Rebekkah and Justin Sandt, and based on their experience, she appeared to be meeting her developmental milestones. Then she caught a ...

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  • Ryder

    Ryder’s Story: Our Son’s Courageous Heart Journey

    May 24, 2022

    When Falon was 23 weeks pregnant, she was very excited about her next ultrasound and couldn’t wait to catch a glimpse of Ryder on the ultrasound screen to see how much he had grown since his last anatomy scan. At first, things were going well. Then, the atmosphere in the room abruptly chan...

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  • Kingston flexing at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital

    Thanks to Doctors Who Aim High, Kingston Murriel Has a Whole Heart and a Full Life

    April 25, 2022

    Born with a hypoplastic left ventricle too small to function normally, Kingston Murriel was treated in Jackson by Jorge D. Salazar, MD, and Avichal Aggarwal, MD. For many children, the safest accepted option for a single-ventricle heart is to undergo staged surgeries culminating in a Fontan proce...

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  • Isabella’s Story: A Complex Neonatal Heart Patient and Her Mother’s Whole World

    February 25, 2022

    Sweet Isabella was held by her mother Jessica for just a few moments before being whisked away for her first heart surgery at just 14 hours old. Born with pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum, half of Isabella’s heart was severely underdeveloped causing major issues with blood f...

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  • Alshammari

    16-year-old Avoids Heart Transplant With Innovative Biventricular Conversion Procedure

    October 1, 2021

    Rasheed Alshammari had been on the waiting list for a heart transplant at a California hospital for over a year. When the surgeon who was to perform the transplant left the hospital, Rasheed was removed from the list.

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  • Mason Mims

    Mason Mims: A Normal, Whole Heart and a Bright Future

    August 9, 2021

    Karen and Taylor Mims spent the first six years of their son’s life trying to accept the fact that he was born with half a heart and would eventually require a heart transplant. Now, thanks to an innovative procedure being performed by affiliated pediatric heart surgeons at Children’s...

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  • Walter smiling while walking

    Redefining Wholeheartedness: Faith, Hope and a Nontraditional Approach Save Newborn’s Life

    February 9, 2021

    Kemberlee Burgert's baby was diagnosed with Ebstein anomaly, a rare congenital heart defect in which the tricuspid valve, the valve between the upper right chamber (right atrium) and the lower right chamber (right ventricle), isn’t formed properly, allowing blood to leak back into the right atriu...

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  • Twins Camryn and Morgan pose together

    Camryn and Morgan: Identical Again

    February 9, 2021

    At her 8-week maternity check-up, Chanelle Smith and her husband, Patrick, were surprised and delighted to learn that Chanelle was carrying identical twins. At 28 weeks, Dr. Ramos identified a small hole in the heart of one of the babies. Additional tests revealed that the baby suffered from a co...

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  • Photo of Abigail

    Abigail’s Story: Life-changing surgery for a rare heart condition leads to a reimaged future

    April 6, 2020

    Abigail’s heart condition was one that started before birth and worsened with time. She suffered from a heart defect called Congenitally Corrected Transposition of the Great Arteries (CCTGA), a rare condition in which the connections of her heart developed backwards. But a life-changing sur...

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  • Cason Cox

    Cason's Story: Boy Born With Half A Heart Undergoes Innovative Procedure Giving Him A Normal Heart

    April 22, 2019

    During her 20-week ultrasound, Savannah’s obstetrician diagnosed that her unborn baby’s heart was abnormally small and referred her to a maternal fetal medicine specialist. The specialist ordered a dedicated fetal echocardiogram (“echo”), a specialized ultrasound of the fe...

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  • Caleb Cante

    Caleb’s Story: Successful Emergency Surgery for Obstructed Pulmonary Vein

    August 7, 2018

    A well-orchestrated chain of events saved the life of Caleb, a newborn with a rare and very serious congenital (present at birth) heart defect. Fortunately, that chain was populated by an experienced and collaborative team who worked together seamlessly to diagnose, transport and treat the baby. ...

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  • Salazar Gant Family

    Hayes’ Story: Supravalvular Aortic Stenosis

    February 2, 2018

    Hayes appeared to be a perfectly healthy newborn. Three hours after birth, however, a nurse who was listening to his heart through a stethoscope heard an abnormal heart sound – a heart murmur – indicating a possible heart problem. A cardiologist ordered an echocardiogram (diagnostic cardiac ultra...

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  • Mason Brown

    With A Heart Full of Gratitude: A Former Patient Thanks The PICU

    March 1, 2016

    Erinn Brown was 34 weeks pregnant when she realized something was wrong with her baby. An ultrasound showed that the left ventricle of the baby’s heart was very small and nearly nonexistent. Brown’s doctor referred her to The Fetal Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital....

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  • Jordan looking out

    Jordan’s Story: Stroke at 16

    February 6, 2015

    During a routine football practice Jordan suddenly felt dizzy and showed signs that something was wrong. He was immediately taken to Memorial Hermann where affiliated pediatric neurologist Dr. Ian Butler along with neurologist Dr. Nicole Gonzales diagnosed Jordan as having had a stroke. Later aft...

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The Children’s Heart Institute is a collaboration between the affiliated physicians at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. Typically, patients are seen on an outpatient basis at a UT Physicians clinic with all inpatient procedures performed at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.