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Joint Pediatric Heart Program

Joint Pediatric Heart Program

Nationally-recognized experts. Nationally-ranked care.

When it comes to pediatric heart conditions, getting the absolute best care possible is vital. That’s what Kentucky Children’s Hospital and Cincinnati Children’s have teamed up to provide, combining the expertise of the #1 hospital in Kentucky with one of the country’s best children’s hospitals. Led by nationally-recognized experts like pediatric heart surgeon Dr. Carl Backer, the collaboration is one of the top pediatric heart programs in the country, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2020 - 2021 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.

With our Joint Heart Program, a one-program, two-sites model, the world-class heart surgeons at Cincinnati Children’s work closely with the cardiology experts at Kentucky Children’s Hospital to provide a full spectrum of the most advanced heart care available, from assessment and diagnosis to complex surgery and post-surgical care. It’s an innovative collaboration dedicated to providing the level of heart care that kids across Kentucky deserve – close to home.

Patient appointments

Request an appointment online or call one of the locations listed below.


Health care providers, please visit our referral page to refer your patient to this service.

Services offered onsite at Kentucky Children's Hospital include:

Advanced cardiac imaging

Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computed Tomography (CT) scans are two forms of advanced cardiac imaging that we provide for children and adults of all ages with congenital and acquired heart disease.  Our experts have extensive experience in cardiac imaging which ensures rapid and accurate diagnosis.  These highly specialized services are an important component of the comprehensive cardiac care that our program provides to our patients and families.

Cardiothoracic surgery

Carl Backer, MD, is chief of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at KCH, in addition to his appointment as a CT surgeon at Cincinnati Children's. Dr. Backer has extensive experience and expertise as a cardiac surgeon and a long track record of leadership in the field.

Cardiac anesthesia

When your child has any procedure that requires them to be asleep, they are in the care of our dedicated pediatric cardiac anesthesiology team. Our anesthesiologist is extensively trained to ensure that your child is safe and comfortable during a procedure.  


Arrhythmias and irregularities of heart rhythm in children are different from those in adults and require the expertise of a physician specially trained in pediatric electrophysiology. Our electrophysiologist, trained in pediatric heart rhythm disorders, provides the expertise your child needs.

Congenital echocardiography


Our congenital echocardiography lab serves patients of all ages from fetus through adulthood. The lab is staffed by pediatric cardiologists with expertise in interpreting complex congenital heart abnormalities, and experienced, pediatric and fetal-certified sonographers. Our team supports local hospitals and institutions throughout Kentucky in an effort for patients and families to receive quality pediatric heart care closer to home. Our goal is to provide the highest quality cardiac care to patients and families throughout the Commonwealth.

Fetal cardiology

The fetal cardiac care team consists of fetal cardiologists, fetal sonographers, a patient navigator, and a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). Our fetal cardiologists are specialized, board-certified pediatric cardiologists with expertise in fetal congenital heart disease, the cardiovascular system and heart rhythm disorders. Our sonographers performing ultrasounds are certified, fetal heart ultrasound technicians, and are part of our IAC accredited congenital echocardiography lab. Our fetal cardiac patient navigator guides families through the potentially complex medical system, and our social worker provides resources and counseling to families through difficult, life-changing situations.

The fetal cardiac team works very closely with our obstetrical and high risk maternal fetal medicine colleagues to optimize family care and delivery planning. Our multidisciplinary approach includes access to subspecialty services such as neonatology, pediatric surgery, pediatric genetics, and pediatric advanced care teams.Together, we strive to provide medical care at the highest standard while providing needed resources and compassionate support to our patients and their families.

Interventional cardiology

Many children with heart defects can now be treated with interventional or therapeutic cardiac catheterization procedures rather than having to go through heart surgery. We take the utmost care to evaluate what treatment will be the most effective and least invasive for your child.

  • Joint Pediatric Heart Program Locations

    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 859-413-4228
    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 859-413-4228
    Northern Kentucky    
    Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute    
    2765 Chapel Place
    Crestview Hills, KY  41017    
    Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute    
    731 East Broadway 
    Louisville, KY 40202    
    Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute    
    1003 North Dixie Hwy
    Elizabethtown, KY 42701  


    Regional Kentucky Clinics

    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.

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