The Heart Institute - Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery


About the Heart Institute

For more than 80 years, experts and pediatric cardiologists 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.

Our cardiologists cares for children with heart or blood vessel problems that may not require pediatric surgery. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is ranked among the top hospitals in the nation for heart care on the U.S. News & World Report Best Children's Hospitals List.

The cardiothoracic surgeons on our team are known for their innovative pediatric surgical techniques, some of which were pioneered at our hospital, and are now used across the nation to improve the lives of children with heart and lung defects.



The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit is a 24-bed unit. Our cardiothoracic unit is staffed by pediatric intensivists, and is the largest unit for pediatric cardiac critical care patients in Southern California. We admit approximately 900 patients per year, including those with the most complex diseases of the heart and lung.