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Dell Children's Medical Center is the only comprehensive children's heart center in Central Texas, and delivers leading care for children with heart conditions.

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Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease

Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery at Dell Children's Medical Center is ranked among the nation's best by U.S. News & World Report 2023-24.When your baby has a fetal heart condition, you want the best care for your child. At Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease at Dell Children's Medical Center at Ascension Seton, our pediatric cardiologists diagnose and treat even the most complex fetal cardiac conditions. This is the only comprehensive children’s heart center in Central Texas. Our nationally recognized pediatric cardiovascular team delivers advanced specialty care, including heart surgery for the tiniest of patients. Our goal is to deliver advanced care to help improve your child's heart function.

The Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease at Dell Children's Medical Center is ranked among the nation's best Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery specialty programs by U.S. News & World Report in 2023-2024.

The Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease, housed at Dell Children’s Medical Center, diagnoses, treats, and manages the care of children and adults with heart diseases and defects, including aortic coarctation, congenital heart disease, heart failure, pulmonary atresia, pulmonary valve stenosis, single ventricle defects, ventricular septal defects, and more. Led by Chief of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery Charles Fraser, Jr., MD, who has been part of some of the finest institutions in medicine (including the children’s heart program ranked number one in America by U.S. News and World Report), our team provides a multifaceted continuum of care, coordinating patient care with referring physicians and other care team members to ensure patients receive the highest level of specialized care and experience a seamless transition to adult congenital cardiac care.

Conditions we diagnose and treat

The Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease, housed at Dell Children’s Medical Center, diagnoses, treats, and manages the care of children and adults with heart diseases and defects. Led by Chief of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery Charles Fraser, Jr., MD, who has been part of some of the finest institutions in medicine (including the children’s heart program ranked number one in America by U.S. News and World Report), our team provides a multifaceted continuum of care, coordinating patient care with referring physicians and other care team members to ensure patients receive the highest level of specialized care and experience a seamless transition to adult congenital cardiac care. Conditions treated include: 
  • Anomalous aortic origin of a coronary artery (AAOCA) (e.g., anomalous coronary artery (ACA), anomalous left coronary artery, anomalous left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery (ALCAPA))
  • Aortic stenosis (AS)
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial septal defect with partial anomalous pulmonary venous return (ASD With PAPVR) (anomalous pulmonary venous return (PAPVR) and atrial septal defect (ASD))
  • Atrioventricular canal defect (CAVC)
  • Cardiac tumors
  • Coarctation of the aorta (CoA) and hypoplastic aortic arch
  • Complete heart block
  • Double outlet right ventricle (DORV)
  • Ebstein’s anomaly
  • Ectopia cordis
  • Heart failure (e.g., dilated cardiomyopathy, fontan failure, heart muscle problems, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, fontan failure, myocarditis, restrictive cardiomyopathy, and other forms of heart failure)
  • Hypoplastic right heart syndrome (HRHS)
  • Interrupted aortic arch (IAA)
  • Kawasaki disease
  • Marfan syndrome
  • Mitral valve regurgitation (insufficiency)
  • Mitral valve stenosis (MS)
  • Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)
  • Pericardial effusion
  • Pulmonary atresia with ventricular septal defect (PA with VSD)
  • Pulmonary stenosis
  • Pulmonary vein stenosis
  • Single ventricle defects (e.g., aortic artesia, double inlet left ventricle (DILV), heterotaxy syndrome: right and left atrial isomerism, hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), mitral valve stresia, pulmonary atresia and pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum (PA with IVS), tricuspid atresia, unbalanced complete atrioventricular canal defect, and other complex conditions that cannot be converted to a 2-ventricle circulation)
  • Subvalvular aortic stenosis (subaortic stenosis)
  • Tetralogy of fallot (ToF)
  • Total anomalous pulmonary venous return (TAPVR)
  • Transposition of the great arteries (TGA)
  • Truncus arteriosus
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Ventricular septal defect (VSD)
  • Other forms of complex congenital heart disease

Pediatric heart care backed by research

The Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease at Dell Children's Medical Center is a collaboration between Dell Children’s Medical Center at Ascension Seton and UT Health Austin, the clinical practice of Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin.

Frequently asked questions

  • How does the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease approach patient care? 
    We take a multidisciplinary approach to your child's care, meaning your child will benefit from the expertise of multiple specialists across a variety of disciplines. Depending on your child’s needs, a team is built around you and your family to ensure you are receiving the most personalized care.
  • What makes the care and treatment provided by the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease unique?

    The Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease is the only pediatric program in Central Texas offering comprehensive heart care for newborns, infants, children, and adolescents. The care team is comprised of nationally recognized and highly specialized doctors across different disciplines housed in a single cardiac care unit at Dell Children’s Medical Center. The Pediatric Cardiac Care Unit is a 24-bed inpatient unit at Dell Children’s that is dedicated to delivering highly specialized, whole-person care to infants, children, adolescents, and adults diagnosed with congenital or acquired heart conditions. Patients and families have access to all of the resources and amenities Dell Children’s has to offer to make your stay as comforting as possible.

  • Who will be part of my child's care?
    The Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease care team includes board-certified and fellowship-trained pediatric and congenital heart surgeons who have extensive experience treating heart diseases and defects in children of all ages and work alongside a team of pediatric cardiac experts, including cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, critical care specialists, hospitalists, anesthesiologists, perfusionists, nurses, advanced practice providers, social workers, psychologists, child life specialists, dietitians, physical and occupational therapists, pharmacists, and more, providing unparalleled care for patients and their families every step of the way.
  • What types of services are provided? 
    The Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease diagnoses, treats, and manages the care of children and adults with heart diseases and defects, including aortic coarctation, congenital heart disease, heart failure, pulmonary atresia, pulmonary valve stenosis, single ventricle defects, ventricular septal defects, and more. A list of services provided at the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease can be found here.
  • What can I expect during my child's first appointment?
    Initial cardiology appointments often include testing, such as a chest X-ray, an echocardiogram (ECHO), and an electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG), but may also include cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a computerized tomography (CT) scan, or an exercise treadmill test (stress test). All initial appointments will include a visit with a cardiologist. The duration of the appointment is dependent on the patient and their condition, and appointments times vary from a short visit to potentially taking all day. Be sure to ask for an estimated timeframe when scheduling your appointment.
  • What can I expect during a preoperative appointment?
    Preoperative appointments typically involve testing, such as blood work, a chest X-ray and an electrocardiography (ECG/EKG), followed by visits with members of the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease care team, including a surgical advanced practice provider, such as a nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant, child life specialist, physical therapist, psychologist or social worker, and nurse navigator. The purpose of this appointment is to ensure patients are well and prepared for surgery and to answer any questions you may have. This appointment takes approximately 4 hours.
  • Are there any resources available to patients and their families?
    The Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease is committed to providing both whole-patient and whole-family care and is dedicated to making every childhood the beginning of a healthy and happy life. We believe every child and their family deserves the best possible care, which is why we’ve compiled a list of resources that may be beneficial to you and your family. A list of patient resources can be found here. 

     

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What sets us apart

Central Texas leader

Our center is the only pediatric program in Central Texas offering comprehensive heart care for newborns, infants, children, and adolescents.

Medical firsts

In 2019, our team successfully implanted the first mechanical heart device in a pediatric patient in Central Texas.

Among the nation's best

Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery at Dell Children's Medical Center is ranked among the nation's best by U.S. News & World Report 2023-24.

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