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The 2013 Joint Conference on Advances in Pediatric Cardiovascular Disease Management

The Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles keeps hearts of all sizes beating strong.

For more than 80 years, experts at the hospital have provided patients from around the world with the most advanced, lifesaving treatments available. Ranked among the best in the nation for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report, the Institute provides children of all ages—from the unborn to young adults—with comprehensive care in a single location.


Few hospitals can offer patients and families what Children’s Hospital does—complete cardiac care in one spacious, all-inclusive location with the most practiced specialists around. The hospital houses one of the largest pediatric cardiac programs in the country with 45 dedicated inpatient beds, most of them in private rooms. From clinics to surgery, heart experts care for children in the new, 460,000- square-foot Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion. Treatment is centralized on one floor, meaning less stress for families, and ultimately, the best care for kids.

Heart Operation on 25-week-old Fetus In Utero


The heart is the center of our cardiovascular system and the hardest working muscle in our body. 

The heart acts as a pump and is divided into four chambers. The upper chambers, or atria, receive blood  from the body through the veins. The lower chambers, or ventricles, send blood out again through the arteries.

Commonly treated heart conditions.


Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has been a leader in heart and lung care since the 1930s. Among the milestones we have achieved, we are proud to have been the first medical center to:

  • Perform pediatric heart surgery on the West Coast.

  • Pioneer pediatric open heart surgery in Southern California.

  • Perform a successful surgical treatment for transposition of arteries on the West Coast.

  • Accomplish a double-lung lobe transplant from living parents to a child with cystic fibrosis in the world.

  • Create the first pediatric cardiothoracic intensive care unit on the West Coast.


Our team of multidisciplinary pediatric heart specialists work together to treat the hearts and lungs of children. Longtime innovators in the field, experts at the Institute treat simple to complex medical conditions every day.

  • Nearly 8,000 children are treated at the Heart  Institute each year.

  • More than 900 undergoing cardiac surgery

Children’s Hospital one of the busiest cardiac centers in the country. Commonly treated conditions include:

  • Blood Vessel Problems
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Heart Defects
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart Rhythm Disorders
  • Heart Transplants
  • Lung Disorders 

Learn more about the heart problems we treat.  




The Institute provides virtually every advanced treatment for all heart disorders and defects affecting children. Our range of services include:

  • Diagnosis
  • Consultation
  • Treatment
  • Ongoing management
  • Support services for families
  • Continuity of care from birth to adulthood


Heart Institute
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Boulevard, MS #69
Los Angeles, CA 90027 

Referrals: 888-631-2452

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Vaughn Starnes, MD

Vaughn Starnes, MD


Michael Silka, MD

Michael Silka, MD