Division Focus: Pediatric Cardiology

UNC’s Division of Pediatric Cardiology provides comprehensive state-of-the-art care to more than half of North Carolina's pediatric heart patients by facilitating access to the N.C. Children’s Heart Center through a regional network of community-based practices and hospital affiliations.


“There’s no place like home…”

This old but familiar adage is one that resonates with the UNC Division of Pediatric Cardiology. North Carolina residents are used to traveling to large, sometimes distant medical centers to receive specialized care. They are often required to leave their home communities of convenience and comfort.

Fortunately, children seen by providers within UNC's Division of Pediatric Cardiology are typically able to receive most of their initial and follow-up heart care and diagnostic testing in their home communities, thanks to the seven pediatric cardiology satellite clinics located in regional population centers around the state. These medical facilities offer convenient, accessible care while coordinating seamless referrals to the full scope of multidisciplinary services at N.C. Children’s Hospital.

Overview

The Division of Pediatric Cardiology is comprised of seven board-certified pediatric cardiologists, a nurse practitioner, nursing staff and echocardiographers. The division’s community-based practices, known collectively as Carolina Children’s Cardiology, treat patients in Wake County (at WakeMed and the N.C. Children’s Specialty Clinic in Raleigh as well as in Cary), Wilmington, Greensboro, Burlington and Fayetteville. The community-based practices provide easy appointment access and timely communication with referring physicians. The patient-family experience is improved through streamlined registration and free, at-the-door parking.

The team of Board-certified pediatric cardiologists that treat patients has more than 100 years of combined experience. Non-invasive testing, including EKGs, echocardiograms, fetal echocardiography, arrhythmia monitoring and exercise testing, are available at most sites.

Children requiring more specialized care can visit the N.C. Children’s Heart Center, the clinical home of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology, in Chapel Hill, which is strategically located near the lobby of N.C. Children’s Hospital. At the Heart Center, and throughout the inpatient facilities of the Children’s Hospital, family-centered care is coordinated and provided by a large team of healthcare professionals, including:

  • Pediatric cardiologists
  • Pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons
  • Pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists and critical care physicians
  • Neonatologists
  • Radiologists
  • Pediatric cardiac ultrasonographers
  • Specialized nurses
  • Allied health professionals

Programs and Services

The division's clinicians perform a variety of services and procedures at N.C. Children’s Hospital in a child-friendly setting, including:

UNC's Division of Pediatric Cardiology provides a leading edge programs and services to patients across North Carolina.

  • Outpatient, inpatient, and perioperative and perinatal cardiology consultation
  • Echocardiographic studies (including transthoracic, 3-D, transesophageal, intraoperative, sedated, and fetal) by pediatric-certified sonographers
  • Cardiopulmonary exercise testing
  • Advanced cardiac imaging (including MRI and CT scans)
  • Diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization (including minimally invasive non-surgical correction of patent ductus arteriosus and atrial septal defects, balloon valvulopasty and angioplasty, and intravascular stent placement)
  • Diagnostic electrophysiologic studies and therapeutic catheter ablation of arrhythmias and pacemaker implantation
  • Transition of care to the Adult Congenital Heart Clinic at UNC Meadowmont
 

 

Comprehensive cardiac care of children requires a large multidisciplinary team. The cardiology collaborates closely with many healthcare professionals, including:


The Division of Pediatric Cardiology also provides consultative and echocardiographic interpretive services on-site and via telemedicine to many regional hospitals, including:

  • New Hanover Regional Medical Center
  • WakeMed Raleigh and Cary Hospitals
  • Rex Hospital
  • Moses Cone and Greensboro Women’s Hospitals
  • Cape Fear Valley Medical Center
  • First Health Moore Regional Hospital
  • Alamance Regional Medical Center
  • High Point Regional Medical Center
  • Betsy Johnson Hospital/Harnett Health System
  • Johnston Memorial Hospital

 

The work of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology and the N.C. Children's Heart Center is told best through the story of their patients and families. To learn about one patient's heart journey, read Courtney's story >>

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