OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital is a national leader in diagnosing and treating children’s heart conditions, from the common to the complex. We offer services and programs you won’t find anywhere else between Seattle and San Francisco.
- World-class heart specialists who work in teams and around the clock.
- Innovative treatments for even the most complex heart conditions.
- Oregon’s most experienced catheterization providers.
- State-of-the-art technology, including 3D imaging and home monitoring.
- A dedicated cardiac intensive care nurse practitioner.
- Highly skilled surgeons who specialize in treating congenital heart disease.
- Expert care at every step for women expecting a baby with a heart condition.
- An ECMO (heart and lung support in the intensive care unit) Center of Excellence.
- Oregon’s first accredited and busiest pediatric echocardiography lab.
No other hospital in Oregon and southwest Washington offers our level of expertise, technology and team-based programs for children’s heart conditions. You’ll find:
- A large team of internationally recognized providers. Our specialists have a high degree of specialization and connections around the world.
- Advanced tests, such as 3D imaging of your child’s heart.
- Two children’s heart surgeons who often operate together for the best results.
- Heart catheterization experts who can treat some heart defects without surgery.
- Remote monitoring so babies with single ventricle heart disease can safely be cared for at home between surgeries.
- The only children’s heart rehabilitation program in the Northwest.
- Fetal heart care specialists who will care for you and your baby before and after delivery.
- Ongoing care to support your child’s healthy brain development.
- Lifelong care in cooperation with OHSU’s adult congenital heart disease program, the only one of its kind in Oregon.
- A lipid program to care for children with high cholesterol.
- Support services such as child life specialists to ease your family’s time in the hospital.
Our teams also offer expertise in complex conditions, including:
- Heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmia)
- Thick, weak or enlarged hearts (cardiomyopathy)
- Heart failure, when a heart isn’t pumping the way it should
- Babies born with one pumping chamber (single ventricle defects)
- High blood pressure in the lungs (pulmonary hypertension)
- Turner syndrome, Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), 22q.11.2 deletion syndrome and other genetic conditions.
What makes our program different
Doernbecher is the top-ranked children’s hospital in Oregon and one of the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.
- We have the region’s largest and most experienced team of children’s heart experts.
- Our heart team cares for more than 5,000 children a year.
- We are the region’s No. 1 referral center for children’s heart disease.
- Doernbecher holds Level 1 certification in both surgery and trauma from the American College of Surgeons.
- Doernbecher’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is the only one on the West Coast with a gold Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. U.S. News & World Report ranks our neonatal care among the best in the nation.
- The Extracorporeal Life Support Organization has recognized us as an ECMO Center of Excellence since 2013.
- Our team improves children’s heart care by leading national research, setting high standards and sharing results.
Quality and outcomes
We’re proud of our surgery results and dedication to quality. We take part in independent quality reviews, and we voluntarily share surgical outcomes.
Research and innovation
As part of Oregon’s only academic health center, we bring the latest breakthroughs to your child’s care.
Partnerships: We work with leading organizations to explore new ways to identify and treat heart problems in children. They include:
- The Western Society of Pediatric Cardiology
- The American Society of Echocardiography
- The American Heart Association
- The American College of Cardiology
- The National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative (NPCQIC)
- The Marfan Foundation
- SADS (sudden arrhythmia death syndromes) Foundation
- The Pediatric & Congenital Electrophysiology Society (PACES)
- The Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Registries: We offer families the chance to join national and international research registries. Voluntarily sharing information helps researchers see patterns and make discoveries. Families who take part learn about the newest advances.
Research: Our doctors are at the forefront of discovery and have published hundreds of scientific papers. Our research has helped us:
- Create 3D models of patients’ hearts, helping us diagnose complex conditions and plan surgeries.
- Offer a procedure that reduces complications after certain valve replacement surgeries. The technique, the Reinforced Ross Procedure, was first described at OHSU.
- Use MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans to detect microscopic scars in heart muscle.
- Identify children with heart-muscle disease who are at risk of life-threatening arrhythmias.
- Better understand the genetic signs of connective tissue disorders, perhaps leading to blood tests to diagnose aortic disease and Marfan syndrome.
Learn about our Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Training Program.
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