Heart Institute

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Nationally recognized as a top pediatric cardiology and heart surgery program, the Heart Institute provides care for patients with congenital heart defects from before birth to adulthood.

The Heart Institute is the Southeast's only pediatric heart program to earn a "Top 10" designation by U.S. News & World Report, and our surgical outcomes consistently earn the highest possible three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS)

The state-of-the-art catheterization labs showcase some of the best technology in the field of pediatric cardiology. Three-dimensional reconstruction capabilities and expertise in cardiac MRI allow for quicker diagnoses, better planning for surgeries and minimal exposure to radiation. Surgeons and cardiologists carefully work with families to plan for optimal outcomes that will give your child the best quality of life possible. Our Adult Congenital Heart Disease program provides long-term care plans, cardiology check-ups and care tailored perfectly for adults living with a pediatric defect.  

The Heart Institute team provides cardiology coverage at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and conducts joint research to better improve the lives of children with heart defects.

The Heart Institute evaluates and treats all forms of congenital and acquired heart disease such as:

Anomalous coronary artery (ACA)

Aortic stenosis

Atrial septal defects (ASD)

Atrioventricular canal (AV canal or AVC)

Bacterial endocarditis


Coarctation of the aorta

Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Ebstein's anomaly

Genetic cardiac conditions

Heart murmurs

Heart tumors

Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS)

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy


Patent ductus arteriosus

Pulmonary hypertension

Pulmonary stenosis

Rhythm disorders (arrhythmia)

Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)

Transposition of the great arteries

Ventricular septal defect (VSD)

Why Choose Le Bonheur?

Le Bonheur is home to a Top 10 Pediatric Heart program, and hundreds of children come through our doors every year. Le Bonheur’s Comprehensive Heart Institute touts some of the strongest surgical outcomes in the country, and we're consistently ranked by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons as a Top Hospital.

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