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Naomi Kertesz, MD, stresses need for automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) on athletic fields

Shortly after a 9-year-old Ohio boy died after football practice, Naomi Kertesz, MD, was interviewed about the importance of access to automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) for athletic coaches and staff.

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Vidu Garg, MD, named Director of the Center for Cardiovascular Research 

Vidu Garg, MD

Vidu Garg, MD, a pediatric cardiologist and faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital has been named director of the Center for Cardiovascular Research in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s.

In addition to treating children with heart disease, Dr. Garg also studies the genetic basis of congenital heart disease and the molecular pathways regulating normal and abnormal cardiac development.

“Dr. Garg is a national expert on the genetics of congenital heart disease.  His tremendous intellectual curiosity and ability to pose innovative scientific questions has resulted in an enviable a track record of NIH funding enabling discovery of genes and signaling pathways critical for heart development.  While interim center director, Dr. Garg was a tremendous leader and in a short time significantly strengthened the Center’s NIH funding portfolio,” according to John Barnard, MD, chief of Pediatrics and president of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s.

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Day for Hearts is back!

The Heart Center is honored to invite our patients and their families to attend the annual Day for Hearts Celebration on Friday, August 28, 2015. The event will take place in Stecker Auditorium and the Lower Level Education Building from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Parking will be available on the street as well as in the Outpatient Care Parking Garage. Click here for more parking information.

RSVP by with the number of immediate family members (parents/guardians/siblings) attending. Please call (614) 722-6143 or email to RSVP.

John P. Cheatham, MD, Receives Top Designation from Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions

John P. Cheatham, MD

John P. Cheatham, MD, Director of Cardiac Catheterization and Interventional Therapy and Co-director of The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital, has been named to the new class of Master Fellows of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (MSCAI), the professional medical society for adult and pediatric invasive/interventional cardiologists. SCAI is recognized worldwide for its commitment to quality and education for enhancing the care of patients who suffer from all forms of congenital and acquired cardiovascular disease. The MSCAI recognition acknowledges outstanding SCAI members for a career achievement of excellence in patient care, teaching, research, and innovation.

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Dr. Mark Galantowicz featured on USA Network

Mark Galantowicz, MD, FACS was recently featured in the Change Makers promotional spots that aired this summer on USA Network.

Cardinal Health Donates $1 Million to Nationwide Children’s Hospital Supporting the Work of its Tissue Engineering Program

Cardinal Health recently donated $1 million to Nationwide Children’s Hospital to help advance the work and research of its Tissue Engineering Program. Tissue engineering is the process by which the child’s own cells are used to ‘grow’ new tissue or organs for repair of congenital defects, or defects that are present at birth. Read more.

Dr. Kan Hor Appointed Pediatric Cardiologist, Director of Cardiac MRI in The Heart Center

Kan N. Hor, MD, recently was appointed as a pediatric cardiologist in The Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and as The Heart Center’s Director of Cardiac MRI. Dr. Hor, board-certified in both pediatrics and pediatric cardiology, comes to Nationwide Children’s from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Read more about Dr. Hor.

6-year-old Boy Receives "Bloodless" Heart Transplant

Blood conservation before, during and after procedures and surgeries involves an entire team approach at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Learn more about these procedures.

Heart & Heart Surgery Ranked #11 by U.S.News & World Report

We are proud to announce that Nationwide Children's Hospital ranks #11 in the specialty ranking of Heart & Heart Surgery in U.S.News & World Report's 2009 Edition of America's Best Children's Hospitals. Learn more about this and other U.S.News & World Report specialty rankings.

Nationwide Children’s Accepted into CIGNA LifeSOURCE Transplant Network
Nationwide Children’s Hospital becomes the first Center of Excellence (COE) for Pediatric Heart Transplant designated by the Network in the state of Ohio, and one of 25 COE’s in the United States.

The Heart Center is an OptumHealth Center of Excellence

The OptumHealth Centers of Excellence network of elite programs was developed by identifying “best practice” specialty programs throughout the United States. These centers provide patients and case managers with access to cost-effective, high-quality pediatric health care. Nationwide Children’s was re-designated in the subspecialty for Pediatric Heart Transplant this year.


Transition Program Provides Life-Long Cardiac Care

The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's has developed a patient education program that aims to successfully transition adolescents with congenital heart disease to continue specialized cardiac care as adults.

Mark Galantowicz, MD, and John P. Cheatham, MD, Honored with Endowed Chairs - December 2007

Mark Galantowicz, MD, chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and co-director of The Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and John P. Cheatham, MD, director of Cardiac Catheterization and Interventional Therapy and co-director of The Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s, were honored with the Murray D. Lincoln Endowed Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery and the George H. Dunlap Endowed Chair in Interventional Cardiology, respectively.

Children's Cares for Complex Congenital Heart Conditions - February 2006

As one of the nation’s leading heart centers, Children’s Heart Center has the resources to care for the most complex congenital heart conditions. Click here to read more.
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Nationwide Children's Heart Center to Host 2006 International Symposium on the Hybrid Approach to Congenital Heart Disease - January 2006

Visit http://www.hybridsymposium.com to learn more about this annual conference.

Young Woman Undergoes First Heart/Double Lung Transplant at Nationwide Children's Hospital - December 2005

The first heart/double lung transplant at Nationwide Children's Hospital occurred Saturday, December 24, 2005, when 22-year-old Sandy Shreck received a heart and lungs provided by an out-of-state donor.

First-Generation Hybrid Cardiac Catheterization Suites Install 5 Axis Biplane Positioner and Flat Panel Detectors at Nationwide Children's Heart Center - July 2005

Physicians at The Nationwide Children's Heart Center have coupled the benefits of cardiothoracic surgery and interventional cardiology in two suites to help critically ill patients with congenital heart disease achieve improved therapeutic outcomes.

Nationwide Children's Is Pioneering The World’s Most Advanced Technology For Some Of The Tiniest Hearts - July 2005

At Nationwide Children's Heart Center, we’re constantly searching for new and better ways to deliver the finest care to babies born with heart defects. Click here to read more. View video

Nation’s First Hybrid Cardiac Suites Open at Children’s Hospital - June 2004

In June 2004, the Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital opened the doors to the country’s first Hybrid Cardiac Catheterization Lab Suites. View video

Young Iraqi-Kurdish Patients Treated at Nationwide Children's Hospital Heart Center - January 2004

Two Kurdish girls from Iraq began 2004 with a new lease on life following open-heart surgery at Nationwide Children's Hospital Heart Center.

Featured Heart Center Quality Initiatives

Quality Outcomes: Cardiothoracic Surgery and Interventional Cardiology
These reports feature a snapshot of quality initiatives and program outcomes from The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

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Read 2013 cardiothoracic surgical outcomes »

Read 2012 snapshot »

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Read Adult Congenital Heart Disease Outcomes »

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