Joint Pediatric and Congenital Heart Program

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When your child faces a heart issue, you want the best care possible.

A collaboration between Kentucky Children’s Hospital and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center brings together the expertise of Kentucky’s top hospital and the country’s best children’s hospital to create one of the top pediatric heart programs in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The innovative Kentucky Children’s Hospital Joint Pediatric and Congenital Heart Program follows the one-program, two-sites model, which means our team of pediatric cardiology experts and our pediatric heart surgery team at Kentucky Children’s Hospital benefits from the support of other pediatric heart specialists at Cincinnati Children’s to provide a full spectrum of children’s cardiology services. This collaboration provides Kentucky families with the reassurance of knowing they have access to exceptional heart treatment for children close to home.

Conditions We Treat

While we often think of heart health concerns such as heart disease affecting only adults, kids are also impacted. Children are affected by many heart-related issues, including:

  • Anomalous pulmonary venous drainage
  • Aortic stenosis
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial septal defect
  • Atrioventricular canal defect
  • Bicuspid aortic valve
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Chest/upper abdominal pain or pressure
  • Coarctation of the aorta
  • Congenital and acquired heart block
  • Ebstein anomaly
  • Endocarditis
  • Hemangioma
  • Hypertension
  • Patent ductus arteriosus
  • Patent foramen ovale
  • Pulmonic stenosis
  • Single ventricle
  • Syncope
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Truncus arteriosus
  • Vascular malformations
  • Vascular rings
  • Ventricular septal defect

Kentucky Children’s Hospital offers a full spectrum of diagnostic and treatment options, along with supportive care for these conditions, including:

Advanced cardiac imaging, including both cardiac MRI and CT. These diagnostic tests allow healthcare providers to capture highly detailed images of the heart and its blood vessels. Using these diagnostic images, doctors can then suggest an appropriate treatment option, gauge the effectiveness of current treatment or determine whether a condition is worsening.

Cardiac anesthesia, which is a special field of anesthesia used when a child needs to undergo a procedure.

Cardiothoracic surgery, which involves operative management of conditions affecting the heart and lungs. This program is led by Carl Backer, MD, chief of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at Kentucky Children’s Hospital, who has years of expertise and experience as a cardiac surgeon.

Echocardiography, which offers diagnostic technology and expertise to help interpret complex congenital heart abnormalities in children, including those in utero. This includes all forms of noninvasive and invasive heart ultrasound, including fetal echocardiography and ultrasound for adult congenital heart disease.

Electrophysiology, which offers arrhythmia treatment and management for children using advanced medications, catheter-based procedures and implantable cardiac devices to provide the highest level of patient-centered care. These services are available through Pediatric Heart Rhythm Services.

Fetal cardiology, which provides diagnosis and treatment for fetal cardiac care issues. Care is provided by a collaborative team including fetal cardiologists, fetal sonographers, a patient navigator and a licensed clinical social worker. This team works alongside obstetricians and maternal-fetal medicine specialists to provide complete care for mother and child. Our fetal team also participates in national multicenter research studies to bring leading-edge care to Kentucky patients and their families.

Interventional cardiology, which treats children and adults with heart defects using interventional or therapeutic cardiac catheterization procedures rather than heart surgery when possible. Cardiac catheterization procedures can also be used in a diagnostic capacity to follow complex heart conditions and accurately record progression in the disease.

Specialized Heart Treatment for Children

Children’s treatment for the heart available through Kentucky Children’s Hospital also includes some specialized programs. These programs are designed to treat heart health conditions that are often chronic in nature. As a result, we often work closely with programs at the UK Gill Heart & Vascular Institute, such as Adult Heart Rhythm Program and Adult Congenital Heart Program. This allows patients to seamlessly transition their care when they enter adulthood.

We also offer specialized services for the treatment of congenital heart disease. There are multiple types of congenital heart disease, which can be diagnosed before birth, immediately after birth, in childhood or even in adulthood.

Why Choose Kentucky Children’s Hospital for Children’s Cardiology?

When your child’s heart is at stake, the hospital you chose matters. At the Kentucky Children’s Hospital Joint Pediatric and Congenital Heart Program, your child will receive nationally recognized care from nationally recognized experts.

Patients at Kentucky Children’s Hospital also benefit from our commitment to family-centered care. Every step we take is guided by our mission to provide patients and their families top-of-the-line care and support.

Our Team

At Kentucky Children's Hospital, your child will receive extraordinary care from our experienced pediatric cardiology and heart surgery teams. Learn more about these providers from their profiles at the bottom of the page. 

Our team also benefits from the support of the specialists at Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute. Learn more about the Cincinnati Children's team.


Information for patient families to have as they prepare for procedures and tests

Project ADAM

Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam’s Memory) is a not-for-profit program that is part of Kentucky Children’s Hospital. The goal of our program is to build relationships and support schools and communities in being prepared for a sudden cardiac arrest. Learn more about Project ADAM by downloading the flyer below.

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Featured Kentucky Locations

Kentucky Children's Hospital Congenital Heart Clinic
Kentucky Clinic
740 S. Limestone
Second Floor, Wing D, Room L203
Lexington, KY 40536
Call 859-323-6754
Fax 859-323-3499
Hospital-based Clinic

This is a clinic of the University of Kentucky Hospital, also known as UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital. Read more »

Community Pediatric Cardiology
UK HealthCare - Baptist Health
1760 Nicholasville Road
Building C, Suite 602
Lexington, KY 40503
Call 859-323-6754


432 16th Street
Ashland, KY 41101   
859-323-6754 (option 1)

The main entrance is on the 17th St. side of the building. From Central Ave., it is past the drive-through pharmacy; from Winchester Ave., turn onto 17th St.

Kentucky Children's Hospital Outreach
King’s Daughter’s Medical Center
Med Plaza B
613 23rd Street, Suite 320 
Ashland, KY, 41101
859-323-6754 (option 1)

Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute
201 South 5th Street
Bardstown, KY 40004    
Kentucky Children's Hospital Outreach Heart Clinic
1 Trillium Way
Corbin, KY 40701    
Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute    
303 South 4th Street
Danville, KY 40422    
Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute    
1003 North Dixie Hwy
Elizabethtown, KY 42701  

La Grange
Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute    
1025 New Moody Lane
La Grange, KY 40031    


Cincinnati Children’s Heart Institute
950 Breckenridge Lane, Suite 195
Louisville, KY 40207


Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute    
1350 Medical Park Drive
Maysville, KY 41056    

Mt. Vernon  
Kentucky Children's Hospital Rockcastle Regional Heart Clinic    
140A Newcomb Ave.
Mt. Vernon, KY 40456    

St. Claire HealthCare
245 Flemingsburg Road
Morehead, KY 40351

Northern Kentucky    
Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute    
2765 Chapel Place
Crestview Hills, KY  41017    

Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute
Pleasant Valley Medical Office Building
1301 Pleasant Valley Road, Suite 202
Owensboro, KY 42303
502-584-3200, Option 9  


Kentucky Children's Hospital Pikeville Heart Clinic
911 Bypass Road
Pikeville, KY 41501    

Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute    
101 Stonecrest Drive
Shelbyville, KY 40065    

Kentucky Children's Hospital MedPark West Clinic    
25 MedPark Square
Somerset, KY 42503    


Ohio and Indiana Clinics

Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute    
7495 State Road
Cincinnati, OH  45255    
Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute    
124 State Road 46 West
Batesville, IN 47006    
Burnet Campus    
Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute    
3333 Burnet Avenue
Cincinnati, OH  45229    
Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute    
796 Cincinnati-Batavia Pike
Cincinnati, OH  45245    
Green Township    
Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute    
5899 Harrison Avenue
Cincinnati, OH  45248    
Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute    
1108 Northview Drive
Hillsboro, OH 45133    
Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute    
3535 Southern Boulevard
Kettering, OH 45429    
Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute    
98 Elm Street
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025    
Liberty Campus    
Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute    
7777 Yankee Road
Liberty Township, OH  45044  
Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute    
9560 Childrens Drive
Mason, OH  45040    
New Albany    
Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute    
136 E. Cottom Ave.
New Albany, IN  47150    

Cincinnati Children’s
At McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital
110 N. Poplar St., Suite 1
Oxford, OH 45056

Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute    
717 5th Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662    
Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute    
110 East 13th Street
Rushville, IN 46173    
Seaman - Mobile Care Center    
Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute    
218 Stern Drive
Seaman, OH 45679    
Washington Court House    
Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute    
616 Willard Street
Washington Court House, OH 43160