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- Anisman, Paul C. , MD
- Baffa, Jeanne Marie , MD
- Bhat, Abdul Majeed , MD
- Frazier, Aisha H. , MD
- Gidding, Samuel S. , MD
- Kharouf, Rami M. , MD
- McCulloch, Michael A. , MD
- Radtke, Wolfgang A. , MD
- Ritz, Steven B. , MD
- Robinson, Bradley W. , MD
- Shillingford, Amanda J. , MD
- Temple, Joel D. , MD
- Thacker, Deepika , MD
- Tsuda, Takeshi , MD
- Zappalla, Frances R. , DO
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We provide a comprehensive array of pediatric cardiology services at the Nemours Cardiac Center, located in the world-renowned Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children — ranked among the best in pediatric cardiology and pediatric heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. Our pediatric cardiologists are also listed as some of the Best Doctors in America, year after year.
Pediatric Cardiology Care at Its Very Best
Using the latest, most advanced technologies, we specialize in early detection and repair, using the very best pediatric cardiology treatments available (including surgical, non-surgical, and combination techniques). At the Nemours Cardiac Center, we do whatever it takes to help give children with even the most complex heart conditions the very best chance at a healthy future.
We offer first-class heart surgery as well as modern, non-surgical approaches to treating many children’s heart conditions. We’ve also become a leader in minimizing the number of operations our young patients need. The techniques and advances we use can help babies and children avoid the trauma and recovery time of open-heart surgery. Our treatment options improve the outlook for scores of children, all with less discomfort and shorter hospital stays. And we’re one of only a mere handful of centers in the United States where certain treatment capabilities are available.
Nemours Cardiac Center is a state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary center that features:
- a 14-bed cardiac intensive care unit (CICU)
- an 18-bed nursing unit for children who require less intensive care
- a dedicated operating suite
- a cutting-edge digital cardiac catheterization and
Families from across the region, the country, and the world entrust their children’s hearts to us at the Nemours Cardiac Center, where an entire staff of pediatric heart experts is dedicated entirely to the special challenges of childhood heart abnormalities. Our expansive heart care team for children includes pediatric cardiologists, pediatric heart surgeons, specially trained nurses, pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists, technicians, and social workers.
And we make it easier for you to see everyone on your child’s care team at the same time, rather than sending you from place to place. Families can usually see cardiologists and other specialists on a single day, all at one location. And we all work together every day to provide the most up-to-date care available to children with cardiac problems.
Our pediatric cardiac teams also use something called “telemedicine” to immediately view charts, X-rays, scans, and other patient information via two-way video equipment using fiber-optic telephone lines. So our young patients benefit from the knowledge of experts across the country who analyze visual data and do consultations, in real time. And that means it takes less time to make important diagnostic and surgical decisions. Telemedicine allows us to consult with some of the best minds in the world in cardiac care for our patients, taking the “second opinion” to a whole new level.
About two-thirds of children with critical heart disease are diagnosed while still developing (before birth) or soon after. Thanks to our highly skilled team and advanced technology, most children — even newborns only hours old — who are born with a heart condition can be treated right away.
If you’re pregnant and your family obstetrician and/or perinatologist (a doctor who specializes in high-risk pregnancies) suspect your baby may have a heart condition, our diagnostic cardiac team and fetal cardiologists will work together to see what’s going on inside your baby’s tiny ticker. As early as the 18th week of the pregnancy, we can perform fetal echocardiography (fetal “echo”), which is an in-depth cardiac ultrasound study that allows us to view the structure, function, and rhythm of a baby’s heart while still in the womb.
In cooperation with the Nemours Partners for Perinatal Management Program, we’ll help you understand your baby’s condition, coordinate consultations with a pediatric cardiologist, and plan for any necessary treatment at or soon after the birth.
We don’t just care for your child at the Nemours Cardiac Center, we make sure that you are also able to deal with the many new issues and
sometimes seemingly overwhelming emotions and responsibilities parents of children with heart disease often face. We’re dedicated to providing you with one-on-one emotional support and access to programs and support groups to help you cope.
We take care of the little details, too, to ease your stress as much as possible. If you need a medically assisted transport, our staff will arrange for air or ground ambulance service, allowing you to concentrate on your child, not on how you’re going to get here. Our staff will also work with your health plan to make sure that an agreement can be made about payment. We accept most major health plans as well as Delaware and out-of-state Medicaid. And qualifying patients can apply for financial support.
Our Nemours Cardiac Center pediatric cardiologists from duPont Hospital for Children don’t just treat children within our own hospital – we take our skills and expertise to offices and hospitals throughout the area (in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey), making it easier for children who need our help to get top-quality care.
Our cardiologists offer consultative services at these other health care facilities as well:
- Bay Health/Milford (Milford Memorial Hospital) / Kent General Hospital
- Christiana Hospital
- Nanticoke Health Services
- St. Francis Hospital
- Cooper University Hospital
- South Jersey Healthcare
- Virtua West Jersey
- Virtua Memorial Hospital Burlington County