The best hospitals for children with severe congenital heart disease
TTotal anomalous pulmonary venous return. Hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Truncus arteriosus. Terms like these speak volumes to the parents of children with severe congenital heart defects
Heart defects occur in about 1 in 100 babies or about 40,000 U.S. newborns per year. While any such problem can be terrifying, the surgeries required for the most severe defects are particularly risky, and the road to a healthy childhood is especially long.
Some hospitals have more experience than others in treating the most severe forms of congenital heart disease, and those are where many parents turn if their child needs a high-risk operation. Studies show the more experience a hospital and its surgical team have in performing high-risk operations, the better outcomes tend to be.
To help this subset of CHD parents identify a hospital that may be best for their child, U.S. News compiled a list of 30 hospitals that meet the following two criteria.
Each medical center listed:
- Earned a top-50 ranking in the 2022-2023 Best Hospitals for Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery rankings.
- And scored high or very high for the number of high-risk pediatric heart surgeries it has handled, which means it performed at least 300 such operations in the last four years for which U.S. News has data.
Each hospital’s corresponding ranking among the top 50 Best Hospitals for Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery is also shown in the left-hand column below to provide parents with context.
30 Best Hospitals for Children With Severe Congenital Heart D
|NATIONAL RANK||HOSPITAL||STATE||COMPLEX CASE VOLUME|
|1||Texas Children’s Hospital||Texas||816|
|2||Boston Children’s Hospital||Massachusetts||1,000|
|3||UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh||Pennsylvania||330|
|4||MUSC Children’s Heart Network of South Carolina||South Carolina||309|
|5||New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell||New York||641|
|6||Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital||Ohio||308|
|6||Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health||Indiana||377|
|7||Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center||North Carolina||343|
|8||Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia||Pennsylvania||641|
|9||Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago||Illinois||335|
|10||University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital||Michigan||620|
|12||Children’s Hospital Los Angeles||California||812|
|14||Children’s Hospital Colorado||Colorado||431|
|15||Nationwide Children’s Hospital||Ohio||352|
|16||Cincinnati Children’s and Kentucky Children’s Hospital Joint Heart Program||Ohio||490|
|18||Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta||Georgia||681|
|19||Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital||Tennessee||311|
|19||Children’s Mercy Kansas City||Missouri||316|
|23||Seattle Children’s Hospital||Washington||487|
|24||St. Louis Children’s Hospital-Washington University||Missouri||312|
|26||Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford||California||850|
|28||Children’s Hospital of Alabama at UAB||Alabama||311|
|28||Children’s Medical Center Dallas||Texas||428|
|30||Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt||Tennessee||464|
|35||Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital||Texas||307|
|37||Phoenix Children’s Hospital||Arizona||361|
|38||Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital-University of Utah||Utah||461|
|40||Mayo Clinic Children’s Minnesota Cardiovascular Collaborative||Minnesota||772|
|41||UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, San Francisco and Oakland||California||507|
|48||Cook Children’s Medical Center||Texas||376|