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The Heart Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital

Adult Congenital Heart Defects

The Adult Congenital Heart Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, serves the ever-growing population of adults with congenital heart disease. Some of these patients with congenital heart defects were treated as children at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, and continue in the care of the program for ongoing assessment and management. Others come to us as new patients or as adults with congenital heart defects seeking ongoing care.

Adult Congenital Heart Defects Specialists and Services

The Adult Congenital Heart Program includes a comprehensive team, including cardiologists, cardiac imaging experts, cardiac interventionists, cardiac electrophysiology specialists, cardiac intensivists and cardiac surgeons. Social Work and in-patient Psychologist assistance is provided for support, career counseling and potential medical coverage concerns.

Cardiac Imaging Services

  • Echocardiography
  • Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Fetal Echocardiography
  • Computerized tomography
  • Diagnostic and interventional, therapeutic cardiac catheterizations for correction or palliation of lesions
  • Diagnosis and treatment of cardiac rhythm disturbances
  • Pacemaker and Implanted Internal Defibrillator therapy


Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital
The Heart Program
Cardiology - - AMB Building 2nd Floor
3100 SW 62nd Avenue
Miami, Florida 33155

Service Days

Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday


To learn more about Adult Congenital Heart Disease visit:
  • — Website for adults with congenital heart disease association. Excellent resource for information, newsletter, maps to locate adult congenital programs throughout USA. Peer reviewed by physicians & nurses
  • — Website of the American Heart Association. Diagrams, English & Spanish. Information for children & adults with congenital heart disease.
  • — Web site for the Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery program. Our program statistics, links to other sites.
  • — Website by Dr. Candice Silversides, a Cardiologist with extensive information on pregnancy and heart disease.

Latest Heart Program News

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Pediatric Specialty Services Again Ranked Among the Best in the Nation

Eight subspecialty programs of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, part of Miami Children’s Health System, are again ranked among the best in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report’s 2016-17 “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings, posted online today. 

Cardiac Intensive Care and Pediatric Intensive Care Units at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Recognized with Gold Beacon Awards

National three-year awards recognize exceptional patient care and a healthy work environment.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Heart Program Hosts National Conference on 'Sudden Death in the Young'

Pediatric cardiologists from throughout North America will focus on identification and treatment of Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome and medical conditions that can lead to sudden cardiac death in children and teens.

Adult Congenital Heart Defects
Dr. John Rhodes, Medical Director of The Adult Congenital Heart Program, speaks about the latest techniques being used for patients with Congenital Heart Defects.
For more information about The Heart Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital or to make an appointment, please call (305) 662-8301.
Optum Center of Excellence

U.S. News Best Children's Hospitals 

Recognition and Outcomes Tell the Story

The Heart Program provides care for more children with congenital heart disorders than any other hospital in Florida and has been ranked among the nation’s best for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery by U.S.News & World Report.

What’s more, The Heart Program has cardiovascular surgery outcomes that are among the very best in the nation, according to a U.S.News & World Report assessment conducted as part of the most recent ranking.

Nicklaus Children's Heart Program is a qualified participant in Aetna’s Institutes of Excellence™  network.

A Distinguished History of Saving Little Hearts

During the 1960s, Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, became the first facility in Florida to perform pediatric open-heart surgery. Over the years, the hospital has continued to build on this tradition of leadership and excellence in pediatric cardiology.

In 1995, Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, recruited top cardiac physicians and surgeons in pediatric cardiology to oversee new services that included Florida’s first dedicated Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, a state-of-the-art Interventional Cardiac Catheterization Program, and, later, a Clinical Research Program and Electrophysiology Program.

The Ultimate in High-Tech meets High-Touch

The Heart Program offers the most advanced diagnostic, surgical and interventional techniques and equipment for treatment and management of pediatric cardiovascular conditions. The pediatric cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology laboratories are the most technologically advanced in existence, allowing The Heart Program to offer children the latest innovations.

While in this high-tech arena, children and their families are at the center of a multidisciplinary medical effort. They are surrounded by a team of doctors, nurses and staff who know, through years of experience, just how to meet the special needs of the tiniest patients, as well as how to support families in managing the stress of having a child in a critical-care setting.

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