Cardiomyopathy, Heart Failure & Heart Transplant Program

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Cardiomyopathy, Heart Failure & Heart Transplant Program

The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital provides comprehensive care to infants, children and even adults with heart failure. Under the direction of Dr. Patrick McConnell, Program Surgical Director, the Heart Failure and Heart Transplant program at Nationwide Children’s received national accreditation from the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) in December 2002 to perform heart transplants.

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The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital is ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

About the Heart Failure & Heart Transplant Program

The first heart transplant at Nationwide Children's was performed in April 2003. Since this time our program continues to grow and gain national and international recognition. Our center received international recognition for performing a domino transplant involving the youngest living donor infant.

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Heart Failure

Heart failure means that the heart’s ability to squeeze is weaker than normal. As a result, the heart works less efficiently and can not pump enough oxygen and nutrients to meet the body’s needs.

Cardiomyopathy

Cardiomyopathy is disease of the heart muscle that reduces the heart's ability to pump blood effectively. Different kinds of cardiomyopathy cause the heart muscle to enlarge, thicken, or become stiff.

Meet Our Team

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Robert J. Gajarski

Robert J. Gajarski, MD, MHSA, FAAP, FACC, is Section Chief of The Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and a Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Deipanjan Nandi

Deipanjan "Deip" Nandi, MD, is a cardiologist with the Heart Transplant & Heart Failure Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Patrick I. McConnell

Patrick I. McConnell, MD, is an Attending Surgeon in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

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.

Heart Surgeons in Operating Room

Outcomes Data

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.

Heart Surgery Patient

Rankings and Ratings

At Nationwide Children's, we believe in making information about our program openly available so families can make the most informed choice possible about where to get care. 

Meet Our Patients

Rylee's Story

Read Rylee's Story

Name: Rylee C.
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The team at Nationwide Children’s discovered that Rylee's heart was aging too quickly and that she needed a heart transplant.

Walker's Story

Read Walker's Story

Name: Walker B.
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During his mother’s 20-week ultrasound Walker's mother learned her baby had hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Within a few days of his birth, Walker would need the first of three open-heart surgeries and eventually, a heart transplant.

Heart Transplant Support Community & Resources 

At Nationwide Children's Hospital, we realize that emotional support is every bit as important as medical treatment. That’s why we created an online community for our patients and potential patients. Learn about upcoming support groups, past events and read our patient's stories.

Support Group Meeting Schedule

The Heart Failure/Transplant Program at Nationwide Children's Hospital holds patient support group meetings for all patients and families. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Ronald McDonald House.

For more information, or to suggest meeting topics, please call (614) 722-3108.

More Resources

Ohio Solid Ogran Transplant Consortium

The Ohio Solid Organ Transplantation Consortium is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with solid organ failure who could benefit from an organ transplant.

United Network for Organ Sharing

The mission of the United Network for Organ Sharing is to advance organ availability and transplantation to support patients through education, technology and policy development.

American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.