Cardiology | Fellowship | Heart Failure/Transplant
The pediatric heart failure and transplantation program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital began performing pediatric heart transplants in the 1980s with over 500 heart transplants performed since its inception. SLCH is nationally recognized as a large volume transplant center with expertise in complex, high-risk patients with advanced heart failure, particularly those with congenital heart disease. SLCH also has a long history of use of ventricular assist devices (VADs) for refractory heart failure including outpatient and inpatient support with temporary and durable devices. Our team receives referrals from the St. Louis region as well as nationally.
During fellowship, categorical pediatric cardiology fellows routinely care for HFHT patients throughout the spectrum of care, including imaging, cardiac catheterization, and inpatient service. Fellows spend an additional dedicated month with the HFHT service with both inpatient and outpatient care. Fellows are expected to be comfortable with the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic heart failure, indications and management of VADs, failed congenital heart disease palliation from infants to young adults, indications and peri-operative management of heart transplantation, and long-term outcomes and complications of pediatric heart transplantation.
Heart Transplant Program