Congenital heart conditions are among the most common birth defects in the United States, affecting 40,000 newborns each year. They vary widely in severity, from simple problems that can be repaired with minimally invasive procedures, to complex anatomy that must be corrected or improved in stages.
Our pediatric cardiologists have the knowledge and resources to diagnose heart defects at the earliest stages, even before birth. These board certified pediatric cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons have highly specialized skills for repairing heart defects, and they bring advanced care to children and adults with every kind of congenital heart disease.
Recognized for Excellence
The Riley Heart Center offers nationally recognized experts who work together to give each child the best possible care. As an integral part of a leading pediatric research hospital, Riley at IU Health pediatric cardiologists are devoted to finding better solutions for heart defects and acquired heart disease through research and innovation. Riley at IU Health is ranked among the top pediatric cardiovascular programs in the nation by U.S.News & World Report and others. We are also among the top 15 of high-volume heart programs in the nation for effective outcomes. Although we handle many cases, we realize that treatment and diagnosis are first-time experiences for most families. Our pediatric cardiologists offer much more than the intricate skills that are necessary to diagnose and fix complex heart problems. Their technical competence is coupled with traits that cannot be taught: genuine interest and compassion for the patients and families they serve.
Why Riley at IU Health?
Riley at IU Health Pediatric Cardiology brings an extraordinary set of people and resources to diagnosing and treating children and adults with congenital heart defects and acquired heart disease. Our pediatric cardiologists offer a wide range of heart expertise, and Riley at IU Health gives you multiple ways to access their care. The Riley Heart Center is Indiana’s leading resource for treatment of congenital heart disease for many reasons, including:
- Convenient Access. Our pediatric cardiologists attend multiple outpatient locations across Indiana to help detect congenital heart problems in patients who have their first symptoms later in life rather than at birth. These locations offer routine follow-up care for children and adults with heart defects.
- Multidisciplinary Knowledge. Children born with complex heart anatomy or multiple health conditions are supported by a multidisciplinary team of pediatric surgeons, cardiologists and subspecialists at Riley at IU Health. We often work together to plan a series of carefully orchestrated steps performed over time. Interventional cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons work side by side on a single patient, performing complicated procedures in hybrid operating rooms designed to handle the most complex procedures.
- Preventative Specialists. Dedicated pediatric cardiologists provide preventative care for patients with conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure) and hyperlipidemia.
- Coordinated Care for Lung and Heart Disease. Pediatric cardiologists and pulmonologists partner to serve patients with pulmonary hypertension, which often demands strategic care of the lungs and heart.
- Complete Diagnostic Resources. The Riley Heart Center performs all types of imaging diagnostics such as fetal echocardiograms, transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiograms, cardiac catheterizations, cardiac computed tomography (CT) and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). We also perform electrocardiograms (ECGs), comprehensive exercise stress tests and pacemaker/defibrillator interrogations. Our heart subspecialists carefully deploy these tools by choosing the best diagnostic option for each patient.
- Genetic Counseling for Inherited Heart Disease. Nationally recognized specialists in cardiovascular genetics help diagnose inherited heart conditions, such as structural abnormalities, cardiomyopathies and arrhythmias. Patients are paired with the right specialist for their heart defect. Through genetic counseling, Riley at IU Health also offers useful knowledge for family planning and other needs that accompany inherited heart disease.
- Early Diagnosis for Unborn Children. Our pediatric cardiologists collaborate with Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists at Riley at IU Health to diagnose possible heart defects when a prenatal ultrasound suggests a heart problem. Together, we can meticulously plan a mother’s delivery and provide immediate care at birth for her baby’s congenital heart defect.
- Customized Solutions. Pediatric cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgeons and interventional cardiologists at the Riley Heart Center work together to plan unique care for one-of-a-kind heart problems. We use a combination of innovative techniques and medical devices to improve the function of an abnormal heart.
- Heart-transplant Expertise. As one of nation’s few certified heart centers for transplants, we care for the most vulnerable patients, including those who need intravenous medicine to improve heart function, mechanical support of one ventricle or total artificial hearts to sustain them while they await a transplant.
- Philanthropic Care. While Riley at IU Health cares for children from every county in Indiana, Hoosiers are not the only children who benefit from our expertise. Riley at IU Health partners with community, national and international agencies to provide unparalleled care to kids who need it most, including those who may not be able to receive or afford that level of care close to home. As a partner in the Rotary Service Club's Gift of Life program, Riley Heart Center pediatric cardiologists and surgeons provide treatment to children from as far away as Jordan, Russia, China, Nigeria, Honduras and Afghanistan.
Riley at IU Health Pediatric Cardiology brings the best minds together from all subspecialties to provide your child or family member with optimal care.
Conditions & Services
Our pediatric specialists provide patient- and family-centered care for most related conditions. The links below provide more specific information about some, but not all, of the conditions that we treat.
We offer a number of different Pediatric Cardiology services. Below are some, but not all, of the services that we provide. If you have a question about a specific service that is not listed here, please contact our department.
Related Programs & Departments
Related Programs & Departments
We provide multispecialty care for a number of conditions. Below are links to our related programs & departments.
Organization that supports pediatric heart patients and families honors the cardiac team for its partnership over the years.Continue reading
These Carmel parents are counting their blessings today after their previously healthy 4-year-old daughter suffered sudden cardiac arrest at home. Her dad kept her alive long enough for paramedics to shock her heart back into a normal rhythm.Continue reading
A beloved Riley patient with a heart of gold earns enough credits while hospitalized to receive his high school diploma before passing away from complications of COVID.Continue reading
As part of Riley’s cardiology home-monitoring program, 5-month-old Adriel Hernandez is able to be home with his family while a care team follows his progress virtually.Continue reading
So many times, someone could have said, “No, we can’t do that.” Instead, teams from three hospitals said “yes,” and a 15-year-old boy is alive because of it. Read how Riley and Methodist worked together to save a patient who was clinging to life at an Evansville hospital.Continue reading
Diagnosed with a rare heart condition as an infant, Keleigh Sims pours that same heart into her work as a nurse on the cardiac unit.Continue reading
In honor of Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week, one young mom pours out her feelings about the ups and downs of raising a heart baby.Continue reading
Dr. Randy Caldwell: “My major goal was to help these kids who were suffering and not surviving. I think that’s why we’re here on Earth – to help others.”Continue reading
Proclamations signed by the mayor designate Jan. 1, 2021 as Dr. John H. Brown Day and Dr. Randall L. Caldwell Day.Continue reading
Rankings success is a point of pride for many who contribute to the Riley cardiology and heart surgery team’s national stature, including the Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Team.Continue reading
Remains only nationally ranked children’s hospital in IndianaContinue reading
Debra Murphy and Maegan Boehm are on the front lines with heart transplant patients, helping them live their best lives with the gift of a new heart.Continue reading
Allison Longest put her heart and soul into training for and running her first marathon to support children with congenital heart disease.Continue reading
Six-month-old James Guzman has never been outside the walls of a hospital. But after four major heart surgeries and another one to go, he’s impressing his medical team with his strength.Continue reading
“To see such joy in parents’ faces – a lot of them haven’t had anything good happen to them and here’s a little something good,” Dr. Mark Turrentine said of the heart surgeries his team does. “They’ve got a sick child who’s going to be made better, and they are so happy.”Continue reading
Dr. Mark Turrentine leads a Riley team of physicians and nurses on another trip to Amman, Jordan, where they will operate on kids with congenital heart defects.Continue reading
“I’m very proud of them,” Dr. John Brown said of the two cardiac care team members, Dr. Mark Ayers and nurse practitioner Nichole Gralia. “They both reminded me that I suggested when they were teenagers that they go into medicine, and evidently it stuck.”Continue reading
Allison Longest’s son, born with a serious heart defect, is her inspiration as she trains for her first marathon.Continue reading
Riley remains Indiana’s only nationally ranked pediatric hospital.Continue reading
His life started with a traumatic delivery and a heartbreaking diagnosis, but now he’s a happy, active little boy
Evan Brenneman has a rare disorder called Prader-Willi syndrome. One of its cruelest symptoms is chronic hunger.Continue reading
A home-monitoring program for the littlest Riley Hospital heart patients is saving lives.Continue reading
The goal is to collect data locally and nationally that could help in developing support programsContinue reading
For Health Professionals
Our pediatric cardiologists work with primary care physicians to provide advanced care for children and adults with congenital heart disease.
Refer A Patient
Riley at IU Health Pediatric Cardiologists are active researchers who improve care for congenital heart disease through innovation. At any given time, they are engaged in numerous clinical trials and research to find better treatment options. A team of physicians, researchers and coordinators collect outcome data for research purposes by pediatric cardiovascular specialists, working with multiple research partners, including the Indiana University School of Medicine. Our physicians also collaborate with researchers at the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research on studies related to heart failure in children.
Our pediatric cardiology department offers formal fellowship training for physicians who want to advance their experience in pediatric cardiology, critical care and cardiac surgery. Visit the IU School of Medicine website for details about our fellowship program.