About the Heart Center

As the largest cardiac program in the Southeast, the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Heart Center provides exceptional treatment to infants, children and teenagers who have complex heart defects.

We're home to one of the top pediatric cardiac and cardiology programs in the country, thanks to our committed team of specialists, advanced technology and compassionate family support services.

Our team includes:

  • Pediatric cardiologists
  • Pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons
  • Pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists
  • Cardiac researchers
  • Advanced practice providers
  • Cardiac nurses
  • Family support professionals

Our facilities include:

  • 27 beds in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), one of the largest dedicated CICUs in the U.S.
  • 31-bed, fully equipped Cardiac Step Down Unit
  • Three dedicated cardiac bi-plane catheterization laboratories
  • 10-bed catheterization laboratory recovery area
  • Cardiac operating room suites near the CICU

Pediatric Heart Conditions We Treat

As a top-ranked center for pediatric heart care, no one treats more heart problems in infants, children and teenagers in Georgia. Many of the heart conditions we treat are congenital, or present at birth. Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defects and most have no known cause.

Heart conditions we treat include:

  • Arrhythmia
  • Atrial septal defect (ASD)
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Chest pain
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Heart murmur
  • Hyperlipidemia (elevated cholesterol)
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS)
  • Long QT syndrome
  • Myocarditis
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Syncope
  • Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)
  • Transposition of the great arteries (TGA)
  • Ventricular septal defect (VSD)

Cardiac Volumes and Outcomes

At Children’s, the quality of our care is our highest priority. We monitor our overall cardiac surgical outcomes and volumes to provide the most accurate information to patient families. It also allows us to identify areas for improvement. Our mission is to continually improve and help our heart patients live their best lives.

We report our outcomes to several databases, including the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium (PC4), C3PO/Impact, the National Pediatric Care Quality Improvement Collaborative (NPC-QIC) and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). The STS has the largest congenital heart surgery database in the nation. Data is captured in STS by 100 hospitals as a way to compare outcomes between cardiac programs throughout the country. 

View our 2018 volumes and outcomes

Specialty Heart Programs and Services

When it comes to your child's heart, you'll go to any length to receive specialized, high-quality care, and in the Atlanta area, you don't have to go far to find it. We're ranked as one of the top pediatric cardiac and cardiology programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report, and our surgical volumes are some of the highest in the country, with excellent survival rates and average lengths of stay shorter than national benchmarks.

Our team of pediatric heart experts collaborates with other specialists to ensure that your child is receiving the best possible care. We work with you through every step of treatment, often from before your child is born, through adolescence and into young adulthood. You'll always know what to expect and how to take the best care of your child.

Our specialty heart programs include:

Learn about our cardiology fellowship program

We also offer many unique heart programs and services to our patients and their families, including:

  • Kids at Heart: Our Kids at Heart community provides support and resources to families, parents and caregivers of children with congenital heart defects. With more than 900 member families, Kids at Heart offers opportunities to learn from one another about the challenges that come with having a child with heart defects.
  • Neurodevelopmental Program: Our Cardiac Neuropsychology Program provides critical mental health support to cardiac patients and families, as these patients are typically hospitalized for long periods of time. Nneka Alexander, PhD, is our Lead Cardiac Psychologist and oversees inpatient screening and treatment of medically related trauma and stress in patients and families. She also conducts outpatient screenings of developmental skills for infants and toddlers with congenital heart defects.

Pediatric heart testing

At Children’s, we use the latest proven technology and testing methods to help diagnose heart patients so they can begin the treatments they need.

  • Blood tests
  • Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan
  • Echocardiography
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Electrophysiologic study (EPS)
  • Genetic testing
  • Heart cathetherization
  • Holter and event monitoring
  • Pulse oximetry screening
  • Physical examination
  • Stress testing
  • Transesophageal echocardiography

Meet the Team

Led by Paul Chai, MD, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Co-Chief of the Children's Heart Center, and William T. Mahle, MD, Co-Chief of the Children's Heart Center, our multidisciplinary team includes pediatric cardiologists, pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons, pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists, advance practice providers and pediatric cardiac nurses.

Leadership

  • Paul Chai, MD, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Co-Chief of the Children's Heart Center
  • William Mahle, MD, Co-Chief of the Children's Heart Center

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Sibley Cardiology

Helpful Resources

  • Cardiac call center: Available 24/7, the Cardiac Call Center provides one phone number parents, families, doctors, case managers and caregivers to call for all their needs. Call 404-256-2593 or 800-542-2233 outside Georgia.
  • Training for teens: This interactive computer-based training teaches teens how to care for their heart as they move to adulthood.
  • Information for families and visitors: Our goal is for kids and families to always feel comfortable at Children’s and to be informed and involved in care decisions. In addition to our specialized cardiac care, we also offer family-centered support for families while they are in our care and in the community.
  • Ronald McDonald House: Many families travel great distances for care at the Sibley Heart Center. To meet their needs, the Ronald McDonald House is conveniently located near Egleston to provide temporary housing during their time at Children's.

Family support services

We understand that having a child with a heart condition can be overwhelming and life-changing for the whole family. In addition to our specialized cardiac care, we also offer family-centered support for families while they are in our care and in the community.

  • Camp Braveheart: Each summer, children and teens with a heart condition or who have undergone a heart transplant have the opportunity to attend a camp tailored to their specific needs.
  • Feed the Heart: For some patients at the Cardiac Step-Down Unit, the length of time they are hospitalized can range from days to weeks or even months. This volunteer-based initiative provides meals for cardiac patients and their families during their hospital stay.
  • Heartstrong: Anyone can be a part of our Heartstrong community—to be Heartstrong means you are passionate about the care and treatment of people with congenital heart defects.

Locations

Egleston hospital

1405 Clifton Road NE

Atlanta, GA 30322

Center for Advanced Pediatrics

1400 Tullie Road NE

Atlanta, GA 30329

Children's Medical Office Building at Scottish Rite hospital

5461 Meridian Mark Road NE

Atlanta, GA 30342-1654

Sibley Heart Center Cardiology - Albany

2709 Meredyth Drive, Suite 250

Albany, GA 31707

Sibley Heart Center Cardiology - Alpharetta

3300 Old Milton Parkway, Suite 100

Alpharetta, GA 30005-3758

Sibley Heart Center Cardiology - Athens

1000 Hawthorne Avenue, Suite S

Athens, GA 30606

Sibley Heart Center Cardiology - Canton

134 Riverstone Terrace, Suite 202

Canton, GA 30114

Sibley Heart Center Cardiology - Columbus

705 17th St, Suite 406

Columbus, GA 31901-3513

Sibley Heart Center Cardiology - Cumming

2000 Howard Farm Drive, Suite 320

Cumming, GA 30041

Sibley Heart Center Cardiology - Dalton

1504 N Thornton Ave., Suite 105

Dalton, GA 30720-8394

Sibley Heart Center Cardiology - Gainesville

200 S. Enota Dr. NE, Suite 400

Gainesville, GA 30501-3474

Sibley Heart Center Cardiology - Hamilton Mill

2069 Teron Trace, Suite 300

Dacula, GA 30019

Sibley Heart Center Cardiology - Johns Creek

3890 Johns Creek Parkway, Suite 240

Suwanee, GA 30024

Sibley Heart Center Cardiology - Lawrenceville

738 Old Norcross Road, Suite 110

Lawrenceville, GA 30046

Sibley Heart Center Cardiology - Macon

1062 Forsyth St, Suite 3A

Macon, GA 31201-7512

Sibley Heart Center Cardiology - Marietta

355 Tower Road, Suite 204

Marietta, GA 30060-9413

Sibley Heart Center Cardiology - Newnan

60 Oak Hill Blvd, Suite 102

Newnan, GA 30265-2314

Sibley Heart Center Cardiology - Rockdale

2135 Eastview Pkwy, Suite 300

Conyers, GA 30013

Sibley Heart Center Cardiology - Stockbridge

202 Village Center Parkway

Stockbridge, GA 30281-9044

Sibley Heart Center Cardiology - Valdosta

2418 N Oak Street

Valdosta, GA 31602

Sibley Heart Center Cardiology - Villa Rica

705 Dallas Highway, Suite 204

Villa Rica, GA 30180-1243

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