Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Pediatrics


Pediatric Cardiology (Heart Center)

The Heart Center at Lurie Children’s provides the highest quality care for patients with the most complex and serious heart conditions. As the region’s largest children’s heart center, we care for more patients with cardiac conditions than any other hospital in Illinois. We use the most comprehensive heart evaluations and treatments to deliver high quality care from admission, to discharge, to follow-up. We provide cardiac care to pregnant mothers, infants, children and young adults, and our services range from cardiac disease prevention to heart transplantation.

Our experts have a wide range of experience, treating thousands of patients with heart complications annually.    

Lurie Children’s is ranked 3rd in the nation for child cardiology and heart surgery by U.S.News & World Report.


Our Heart Center offers many specialized programs, from fetal cardiology to adult congenital heart disease. We are nationally and internationally renowned for the diagnosis and treatment of irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmia) and for helping pioneer the treatment of pediatric congenital heart disease through procedures like the Fontan conversion.

The Heart Center is also home to the Regenstein Cardiac Care Unit, which was built to ensure the continuity of care from admit to discharge, and is staffed by a team of specialists that meet the unique needs of its patients.

Volumes & Outcomes

We have performed more pediatric heart transplants since 1988 than any other healthcare provider in Illinois. Our first-year survival rate for heart transplant patients, more than 95%, far exceeds the national average of 87%, and our long-term survival rates are also exceptional. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons rated Lurie Children’s as a 3-Star hospital, the highest rating level awarded, in their Fall 2016 Harvest Report of the STS Congenital Cardiac Surgery Database.


Our pediatric heart team includes:


Our goal is to provide your child and family with the highest quality heart care. Our experienced, multidisciplinary teams of pediatric specialists make it easier for patients to see every specialist they may need under one roof and often in the same visit.

Our multidisciplinary programs include:


Our physician-scientists are pioneering new cures, preventions and treatments for complex cardiac conditions through clinical and translational research. The Center for Cardiovascular Innovation focuses on interventions to improve outcomes and quality of life for children with high-risk complex heart disease.

Our scientific discovery efforts are supported by the Heart Center Research Core, a multi-disciplinary team to support significant and innovative clinical, translational and basic research.

We’re also conducting ongoing studies that concern:

Stuart Berger, MD
Executive Director, Heart Center
Interim Division Head, Cardiology

Benjamin Black
Director, Heart Center

Contact Us

For more information, contact the Department of Pediatrics Division of Cardiology.


Visit our fellowship page to learn more about advanced educational opportunities in the Division of Cardiology.