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Heart Center

We offer the most comprehensive heart care in the region for infants, children and teens. In 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked Seattle Children’s Heart Center one of the top medical and surgical heart teams in the country. See services available at our main campus and regional locations.

Our Heart Center team of experts performs more than 500 operations a year and can treat any heart defect, from mild to critical.

Exceptional pediatric heart care is available at our clinics in Federal Way, Olympia, Silverdale and Tacoma.

Because Children’s offers many ventricular assist devices (VADs), we can serve children of all ages and sizes with heart failure.

Our Leadership Team

Areas of Focus

  • Cardiac Catheterization

    In 1999, 10% of our heart surgeries were for atrial septal defects — holes in the heart. Today, only 1% of our cardiac surgeries are for this defect. Our Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory has revolutionized the way many heart conditions are treated — without surgery, long recoveries and big scars. 

  • Fetal Echocardiography

    By identifying a serious heart defect before a baby is born, our cardiologists can develop the best treatment plan for birth and beyond — giving parents time to come to terms with the unexpected news and figure out how to best help their baby.

  • Hybrid Procedures

    We are pioneering less-invasive procedures as alternatives to open-heart surgery.  

Related Research

  • Advancing VADs

    We're in the vanguard of using mechanical circulatory support to give kids and teens with advanced heart failure the best quality of life.

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  • Can Fish Teach Us About the Human Heart?

    Scientists at Seattle Children’s Research Institute are using a unique species of fish to find out why some babies are born with heart malformations and how a defective heart might repair itself.

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  • Center for Clinical and Translational Research

    Clinical and translational research takes discoveries made in the laboratory and translates them into therapies that people can actually use in daily life.

  • Center for Developmental Therapeutics

    Children are not simply small adults. The primary goal of the work in our center is to identify and develop new drugs and treatments that will be safer and more effective for children.

  • Center for Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine

    Our mission is to restore children's health after injury through repair, regeneration or replacement of tissues, cells and organs.  

Related News and Press Releases


Boy healing quickly after heart transplant
7.22.14 — The Columbian

In less than two weeks, Jack Conover went from being a 7-year-old in need of a heart transplant to a vibrant boy walking out of ... cont.

Missoula Couple's 1-month Old Daughter Survives Open Heart Surgery
6.27.14 — ABC News

A Missoula couple can breathe a sigh of relief, after their one-month old daughter survives a battle with a rare heart ... cont.

Doctors find heart defect while treating child's flesh eating bacteria
5.22.14 — KOMO TV

No parents wants to know the firsthand horror of having a child with flesh eating bacteria. But when a Marysville toddler ... cont.

Press Releases

Seattle Children’s Hospital appoints new division chief for cardiothoracic surgery


Jonathan Chen, MD, is the new co-director of Seattle Children’s Heart Center and division chief for pediatric cardiothoracic ... cont.

Seattle Children’s Ranked 6th Among Nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals According to U.S. News & World Report


Children’s cancer, nephrology, urology and neurology/neurosurgery programs in nation’s top ten.

100th Patient Gets a New Heart at Seattle Children’s Hospital


5-month-old received this milestone transplant at Children’s

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Be a Part of Our Caring Community



Each year, hundreds of kids like Evelyn receive the region’s most advanced pediatric cardiac care from Children’s Heart Center team. Your support makes it possible.

Inside Cardiology at Seattle Children’s Heart Center

Mark Lewin video

Dr. Mark Lewin, chief of cardiology at Seattle Children’s Hospital, talks about working with families and caring for patients at the Heart Center.

Children’s 100th Heart Transplant

100th Heart Transplant video

Dr. Yuk Law, a Children’s pediatric cardiologist, discusses Children’s 100th heart transplant.

Saving Baby Poppy

Saving Baby Poppy video

Before she was born, Poppy Dahl was diagnosed with a life-threatening heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Watch her story of survival.