The Heart Center
World-Renowned Experts Caring for Patients of All Ages With Congenital Heart Disease
Expertise. Compassion. Research.
See what drives us at The Heart Center
The Heart Center
The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital has expertise, compassion and the most advanced technologies. As the leader in pediatric care, we offer cardiology services, cardiothoracic surgery, and everything else you would expect to find at a nationally-renowned heart center. Pediatric and adult patients with all forms of congenital heart disease and acquired cardiomyopathy have access to world-class diagnostic, treatment and research facilities. And all locations are staffed by pediatric experts who provide patients and their families with innovation and advancements not found elsewhere.
Whether your child is newly diagnosed, or you have been living with a congenital heart condition for many years, our pediatric experts offer specialized patient care and support for the entire family.
Pediatric and Adult Heart Care. When Everything Matters, you Seek World Class.
Expertise. Compassion. Advanced technologies. The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital provides pediatric and adult heart patients with outstanding diagnostic, treatment and research facilities. At Nationwide Children’s Hospital, patients and families experience innovation and advancements unlike any other institution.
Under Co-Directors Timothy Feltes, MD, FACC, Mark Galantowicz, MD, FACS and Catherine Krawczeski, MD, The Heart Center consolidates all cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery services into a comprehensive model for family-centered care and convenience. One, comprehensive location for care, education and research. We are prepared to treat patients from 0 to 100 years of age with experts in all areas of surgical and medical subspecialties.
Meet Our Team
Our multidisciplinary team of experts offers advanced, comprehensive pediatric and adult cardiology care.
Meet Our Co-Directors
Timothy F. Feltes, MD, FACC, is a Pediatric Cardiologist, Cardiac Intensivist and Co-Director of The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital. He is also Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.
Mark Galantowicz, MD, is the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Co-Director of The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Dr. Galantowicz is also a Professor of Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and is the recipient of the Murray D. Lincoln Endowed Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery.
Catherine Krawczeski, MD, is Division Chief of Cardiology and Co-Director at The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital, George H. Dunlap Endowed Chair in Cardiology and a professor at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Krawczeski obtained her medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
One of the first centers to receive a five-year accreditation from the Adult Congenital Heart Association, our program includes six ACHD board-certified cardiologists. Our team offers everything an adult congenital heart patient needs, including pregnancy planning, catheterizations and surgery.
We treat patients with congenital heart disease with the simplest to the most complex procedures. Our program and outcomes are held to the highest standards. We participate in several national databases and registries as well as advisory panels.
Interventional cardiology is an internationally recognized program that provides a full spectrum of diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization procedures.
When you learn your unborn child has a heart defect, the fetal cardiac team is here to help. From education to building comprehensive treatment plans, monitoring and fetal interventions, we work together to ensure the best possible outcome for your baby.
We treat patients with heart failure including medical management and mechanical assist devices as a bridge to transplant. We work with patients and families to plan treatment that provides the best possible quality of life.
Quality Counts: See Our Surgical Outcomes
Our program is actively involved in quality assurance and improvement on a national, state, and local level. Nationally, we participate in several databases (STS Congenital Heart Surgery Database, NACHRI, UNOS) from which we receive annual reports that are reviewed for areas of improvement. Additionally, we participate in the Optum Health’s Centers of Excellence advisory panel for congenital heart surgery where issues of value (outcomes/cost) are reviewed and incorporated into our quality improvement programs. The Cardiothoracic Surgical program is also part of a statewide database and participates on the Cardiac Standards Subcommittee of the Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps.
Our multidisciplinary team model at The Heart Center enables our team to constantly monitor quality of care and patient safety pre- and post-surgery to assure the best possible outcomes.
For 2017-18, U.S. News & World Report used a new way of calculating rankings. Our team explains what you and your family need to know.
The Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s offers outpatient cardiology services at its main campus, Close To Home Centers and at 15 clinics throughout the Ohio region. Each location is staffed with a renowned Heart Center physician, registered nurse, cardiology technician, pediatric cardiac sonographer, medical students, residents in training and pediatric cardiology fellows in training which allows us to extend world-class services to patients regardless of where they receive care.
Our Patients: The Heart of What We DoWe realize that emotional support is every bit as important as medical treatment. That’s why we want you to meet some of our patients and their families. Like you, they are dealing with the daily challenges of living with a heart condition.
Name: Rylee C.
The team at Nationwide Children’s discovered that Rylee's heart was aging too quickly and that she needed a heart transplant.
Name: Kyle M.
Condition(s): Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome
Age Today: 20 Years
When Kyle’s mom took him to his pediatrician, they were referred to Nationwide Children's in Dublin for a repeat EKG. That’s when they met Dr. Naomi Kertesz, Director of Electrophysiology and Pacing at The Heart Center, and learned that Kyle had Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) Syndrome.
Name: Gracie C.
Condition(s): Tetralogy of Fallot, Pulmonary Atresia with Ventricular Septal Defect
Age Today: 8 Years
When Gracie was 2-years-old, her family was told there was nothing that could be done for her and that they should take her home, love her and just keep her comfortable. Her family refused to take that as an answer.
Name: Samantha M.
Condition(s): Marfan Syndrome
Age Today: 33 Years
At my 2 year check up my family doctor noticed a murmur. He then sent me to Children's Hospital for further testing. I was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome. My condition effects all the connective tissue in my body.
Resources for Families
The Family Resource Center was designed by families and professionals to support patients and families during their time at Nationwide Children's Hospital, both inpatient and outpatient.
The Children's Clubhouse is a special place for preschool and school-aged children to play and learn while their siblings are in the hospital.
Your child and family deserve meals that are nutritious and appealing, and that's what we provide at Nationwide Children's Hospital. We offer several options, including hotel-style room service, a cafeteria, food court, two coffee shops and other choices.
From toys and cards to make a child smile to everyday items that help a parent feel more at home, everything matters during your stay at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Within the main hospital, we have two gift shops to meet the needs of our patients, their families, friends and visitors.
Meet Our Team
Learn more about co-directors Timothy Feltes, MD, FACC, Mark Galantowicz, MD, FACS, and Catherine Krawczeski, MD, and their team of experts at The Heart Center.
About The Heart Center
The Heart Center consolidates all cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery services into a comprehensive model for family-centered care and convenience. One, comprehensive location for care, education and research.
Services We Offer
Each patient’s welfare, comfort and happiness are of the greatest concern to us. Every patient who enters The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital receives the full benefit of modern scientific medicine plus individual attention.
At The Heart Center, we offer a variety of outpatient clinics and heart specialty programs all staffed with the most experienced heart physicians and nurses.
Research and Innovation
Through The Heart Center and the Center for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research, clinicians and scientists work together to match questions developed at the bedside with answers evidenced at the benchside.
Heart Conditions We Treat
- Absent Pulmonary Valve
- Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return
- Aortic Insufficiency
- Aortopulmonary Window
- Atrial Fibrillation / Flutter Ablation
- Atrial Septal Defect
- Atrioventricular Septal Defect (AVSD) (right and left dominant)
- Coarctation of the Aorta
- Complex Cardiac Malformations
- Congenitally Corrected Transposition of the Great Vessels
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Coronary Artery Fistula
- Cyanotic Heart Disease
- Double Inlet Left Ventricle (DILV)
- Double Outlet Right Ventricle
- D-Transposition of the Great Vessels
- Ebstein's Malformation
- Ectopic Heartbeat
- Heart Failure
- Heart Murmurs
- High Risk Pregnancy
- Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
- Idiopathic Hypertrophic Subaortic Stenosis
- Interrupted Aortic Arch
- Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
- Jeune's Syndrome
- Kawasaki Disease
- Marfan Syndrome
- Mitral Valve Stenosis
- Neuromuscular Disorders
- Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
- Patent Foramen Ovale
- Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH)
- Pulmonary Atresia with Ventricular Septal Defect
- Pulmonary Hypertension
- Pulmonary Valve and Branch Stenosis
- Reproductive Health
- Sick Sinus Syndrome
- Sudden Cardiac Arrest
- Tetralogy of Fallot
- Total and Partial Anomalous Pulmonary Valve Return
- Tricuspid Regurgitation
- Vascular Rings
- Ventricular Septal Defect
- Wolfe-Parkinson-White Syndrome
Check Out Our Animation Library
The Heart Center has created a number of educational animations to help our patients understand their heart conditions and the procedures we perform to treat them.