About the Children's Heart Institute

The Children’s Heart Institute at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital – named one of the top 25 hospitals nationally in Cardiology & Heart Surgery by U.S. News & World Report – offers innovative solutions for patients with congenital or acquired heart disease, delivering high-quality outcomes. In collaboration with pediatric sub-specialists at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, the affiliated team provides comprehensive care for newborns, children and adolescents, with a smooth transition into adult congenital cardiac care.

The Children’s Heart Institute is among the elite congenital heart surgery programs in the Unites States and Canada for patient care and outcomes, according to the Fall 2019 Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Congenital Heart Surgery Database Report of 118 STS participating programs.

The Children’s Heart Institute partners with The Fetal Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital to offer 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. The Fetal Center is a national referral center and an international leader in fetal diagnosis, fetal intervention and comprehensive fetal care for infants with congenital anomalies or genetic abnormalities.

With the Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and a dedicated pediatric Children’s Heart Institute Intensive Care Unit (CHI-ICU) at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, critical pediatric heart patients have access to the highest level of specialized care. By utilizing state-of-the-art techniques and services, the Children’s Heart Institute strives to offer patients with the most complex problems the greatest opportunity for a healthy life.

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Meet The Team

Meet the team of affiliated physicians that provide comprehensive care to babies prior to birth, infants, and children with complex heart conditions.

Surgical Outcomes

Children’s Heart Institute publishes patient outcomes data in an effort to help families make informed decisions about their child’s care.

Webinars

To best serve patients, online resources have been developed to educate families about specific complex congenital heart defects.

Patient Stories

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 Hanfland 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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Contact Us

If you have any questions, use the online tool below to help us connect with you. To refer a patient or schedule an appointment, please contact our clinic using the information below.

  • Pediatric Cardiology Clinic
    The University of Texas Health Science Center Professional Building
    6410 Fannin, Suite 370
    Houston, TX 77030
    Phone: (713) 486-6755 (Appointment Line)
     
  • Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery Clinic
    The University of Texas Health Science Center Professional Building
    6410 Fannin, Suite 370
    Houston, TX 77030
    Phone: (713) 500-5746
    CMHH-Heart@memorialhermann.org

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*According to the Fall 2019 Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Congenital Heart Surgery Database Report of 118 STS participating programs.

The Children’s Heart Institute is a collaboration between the affiliated physicians at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (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.

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