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The Heart Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital

Advanced Cardiac Techniques

Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, offers the most advanced techniques for the surgical management of pediatric cardiovascular problems. The Heart Program brings together a select group of world-renowned cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons whose teamwork has contributed to the development of many new treatments and surgical techniques including Minimally Invasive Management of Pediatric Congenital Heart Disease.


Post operative and follow-up care is streamlined by using an integrated computer database management system. All patients are supported as needed by Nicklaus Children's caring, dedicated Pediatric CICU team.

By providing the kind of personal care which puts each child at the center of a team medical effort, the Nicklaus Children's Hospital Heart Program has worked miracles for critically ill children and provided calming relief to distressed families.

Advanced Cardiac Services Include:

  • Complex neonatal congenital heart surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Pediatric tracheal reconstruction
  • Cardiopulmonary support/ventricular assist/ECMO
  • Autologous or directed blood donation offered upon request for surgical procedures requiring blood transfusion

Minimally Invasive Management of
Pediatric Congenital Heart Disease

Video-assisted endoscopic techniques for congenital heart disease offered at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, were pioneered by Redmond P. Burke, Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery. Using endoscopic cameras and specially designed instruments, several cardiac problems can now be corrected through small punctures, avoiding large incisions in the patients chest. This minimally traumatic technique results in less post-operative pain and a more rapid recovery.
The following heart defects have been repaired using this new technique:
  • Patent ductus arteriosus interruption
  • Vascular ring division
  • Pericardial window
  • Diaphragm plication
  • Thoracic duct ligation
  • Ligation of collateral vessels
Long-term cosmetic results are dramatically superior to conventional surgical incisions.

Non-Invasive Cardiac Imaging


Echocardiography is an important diagnostic tool in pediatric cardiology. It utilizes ultrasound technology to provide anatomic and physiologic information regarding the heart. The Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, was the first pediatric center in the state of Florida to be accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). The laboratory is involved in cutting-edge technology in all aspects of echocardiography from surface transthoracic studies to transesophageal evaluations and fetal echocardiography, and real-time, three-dimensional echocardiography. These studies are performed on a daily basis at Nicklaus Children's using the most technologically advanced equipment.
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Cardiac MRI

In addition to echocardiography, Nicklaus Children's also offers other state-of-the-art modalities for imaging the heart non-invasively. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (cMRI) is quickly becoming the diagnostic standard of care for many children with congenital and acquired heart diseases. The hospital houses the most advanced cardiac MRI system currently available. Cardiac non-invasive imaging can also be accomplished using the hospital’s multidetector computed tomography (CT) scanner which can obtain up to 32 images per second, a technology not available in most hospitals today.
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3D Printing Technology

The Heart Program recently began using three-dimensional printing technology to support pre-surgical planning, especially for patients with complex heart conditions. 3D printing technology enables a life-size visualization of a complex heart to explore potential options for repair. Learn more.

Latest Heart Program News

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.

Inoperable Baby from Minnesota Receives Heart-Saving Surgery at Nicklaus Children's Hospital

A four-month old baby is preparing to celebrate her first Christmas with her family after a life-saving heart surgery at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, made possible with the aid of virtual-reality imaging.

In Depth Tour of The Heart Program
Take an in-depth tour and meet the team members that make up the Nicklaus Children's Heart Program.
Heart Program Virtual Visit
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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