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A Center of Cardiac Excellence

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Families come from all over the world to the Nemours Cardiac Center at Nemours Children's Hospital, Delaware. They seek diagnosis, treatment, second opinions and hope.

We have a sole focus on caring for kids with heart disease. We offer family-friendly cardiac care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. From heart murmurs to heart transplants, we take care of all pediatric heart problems, big and small. Plus, we have more than 30 other medical and surgical specialties ready to help if needed.

Our complication rate is extremely low (0% for some procedures). Our heart surgery outcomes, even in newborns just hours old, are among the best in the nation.

We treat even the tiniest, most fragile hearts. In fact, nearly a quarter of our surgical patients are less than a month old. From before birth through age 40, we’re here to give children the best chance at a long, fulfilling life.

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We have many pediatric cardiac care physicians and locations — find the care closest to you:

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Total Pediatric Cardiology Care — in One Place

Every surgeon, nurse, and anesthesiologist on the Nemours Cardiac Center team is dedicated to caring for children with heart conditions. This is all we do. See how we work.

Our Leadership

Christian Pizarro, MD, Director, Nemours Cardiac Center; Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Nationally renowned for his expertise, surgical outcomes and decades of experience, Dr. Pizarro is an international lecturer and author of more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles. In addition to his work as a surgeon, he is actively involved in research projects aimed at improving the lives of children with cardiac conditions.

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Christian Pizarro, MD - Chief, Pediatric Heart Surgery - Nemours Cardiac Center in Delaware
“We would put our trust in Dr. Pizarro all over again.”
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“The Nemours Cardiac Center saved his life more than once.”
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“There's no way to adequately express what Nemours means to us.”
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“The doctors at Nemours not only have incredible skill, they have a personal touch that matters so much.”
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World-Class Heart Care for Kids, All in One Place

The Nemours Cardiac Center, Delaware Valley is a destination for kids born with heart disease and other cardiac conditions.

  • We’re experts in treating hearts that don’t develop properly. Our surgeons are experts in hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) repair. We even created a special app to closely track babies between surgeries.
  • We’re a destination for children who need heart transplants. We provide heart transplants and a life-saving technology called ventricular assist devices (VADs) as a temporary step before transplant.
  • We have a delivery unit at the hospital.  As part of our Nemours Perinatal and Advanced Delivery Program, parents can continue to see their own obstetrician during pregnancy and deliver the baby at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware.
  • 300+ Surgeries in 2020
  • 99% Cardiac catheterizations are complication-free
  • 97.4% Neonatal cardiac surgery survival rate

Our Research

Nemours is at the forefront of pediatric cardiac research and care. Our physician researchers, clinicians and scientists bring insights and discoveries to patients. We share our findings so we can help kids everywhere, even those we’ll never meet.

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Giving Babies the Best Start in Life

For healthy moms whose babies will need complex care from the time they are born, our Perinatal and Fetal Cardiology Team is ready to help. We will partner with you, your OB and maternal fetal medicine specialist (MFM) to develop a plan of care for you and your baby – before, during and after delivery. Learn more about our program.

Convenient Follow-Up Appointments by Video

We offer many follow-up appointments through scheduled, live video visits. You can avoid waiting rooms and save travel time. Ask your doctor if this is an option for your family.

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