Division of Pediatric Cardiology
The Children’s Heart Program is committed to providing comprehensive cardiac care for children, from fetal life into adulthood, with congenital heart disease, and for children with acquired heart disease.
Our mission is to expand our services to meet the diverse needs of those in the state of Maryland, so that no one needs to leave the state to seek heart care.
A wide spectrum of cardiology subspecialties and services are offered here at the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital including:
- Interventional Cardiology
- Non-Invasive Imaging
- Fetal Cardiology
- Electrophysiology and pacing
- Preventive Cardiology
- Ambulatory Cardiology
- Cardiac Intensive Care
- Adult Congenital Cardiology
- Cardiovascular Research
- Quality Improvement (QI)
The program offers cardiac evaluations using the most advanced technology to diagnose and treat structural and functional cardiac abnormalities.
- Transthoracic Echocardiograms
- Transesophageal Echocardiograms
- Fetal Echocardiograms
- 12 and 15 lead electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG)
- Holter Monitor
- Event Monitor
- Exercise Stress Test
- Exercise Pulmonary Function Test
- Electrophysiology Study
Interventional Cardiac Catheterization
In October 2010, the Children’s Heart Program opened the Pediatric Hybrid Cardiac Catheterization Suite. This state-of-the-art suite is the first of its kind in the mid-Atlantic region. The hybrid suite serves as both a fully dedicated pediatric cardiac catheterization laboratory and surgical suite.
Cardiac catheterization is a diagnostic test that seeks to acquire additional information about the structure and function of a person’s heart.
Some cardiac catheterization procedures also allow the interventional cardiologist to improve or even fix an underlying heart defect. Procedures include:
- Closing a hole in the heart
- Opening a narrow valve
- Placing a device to block a blood vessel or stent open a channel.
Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
State-of-the-art cardiac MRI technology is available to non-invasively diagnose even the most complex forms of congenital heart disease.
Pacemaker/Defibrillator Implantation and Follow-Up
The Children’s Heart Program has expertise in the management and treatment of heart rhythm abnormalities, including placement and programming of pacemakers in children.
The Children’s Heart Program offers several comprehensive sub-specialty clinics with the goal of providing individualized treatment and education for specific patient populations.
The Children’s Heart Program Lipid Clinic offers evaluation and treatment of lipid disorders in children and adolescents. This program is designed to help children and adolescents prevent the development of heart disease through diet, exercise, and weight management techniques.
Cardiologists assess risk factors for atherosclerosis including, cholesterol, obesity, hypertension, and diabetes and then partner with families to create an individualized plan to encourage a healthy lifestyle and to manage risk factors. Services offered include:
- BMI Screening
- Lipid Testing
- Hypertension Management
- Nutrition Counseling
- Psychosocial Support
This specialized clinic is a collaborative effort between the Children’s Heart Program and the Division of Pediatric Genetics. This program is dedicated to children who may have a family history of heart disease or a genetic abnormality known to influence cardiovascular health.
A team composed of a cardiologist, geneticist, and genetic counselor work together to diagnose and manage heritable cardiovascular disease and genetic conditions. The team provides clinical care, information, anticipatory guidance, and resources for children and their family members who may also be at risk for cardiovascular-genetic disorders.
The Children’s Heart Program has outreach clinics located in outlying areas to better meet the needs of all children who need cardiac care in the state and to bring needed clinical services closer to home.
- Pediatrics Specialty at Hanover
7556 Teague Rd, Suite 420
- Hanover, MD 21076
- Carroll County Clinic
193 Stoner Avenue, Suite 350
Westminster, MD 21157
- Upper Chesapeake Clinic
510 Upper Chesapeake Drive
Physicians Pavilion II, Suite 509
Bel Air, MD 21014
- Shore Health Pavillion/Queenstown
- 125 Shoreway Drive, 2nd Floor
- Queenstown, MD 21658
Tragically, Paul and Vivian Schafer’s son, PJ, succumbed to sudden cardiac death while playing college lacrosse in 2003. To help cope with their grief, they wanted to educate others about the disease. So they organized an annual golf tournament to raise awareness and money for research to prevent it from affecting other young athletes and their families.
Community & Government Programs
Baltimore Running Festival - Children’s Heart Program Running Team
The Children’s Heart Program organizes a Charity Running Team to participate in the Baltimore Running Festival, which takes place each year in October. The team is led by avid runner and Program Director, Geoffrey Rosenthal, M.D., Ph.D., and works to raise awareness and funds for the Children’s Heart Program.
National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative (NPC-QIC)
Geoffrey Rosenthal, M.D., Ph.D. is a founding member and current task force member of this national collaborative dedicated to quality improvement among medical institutions. The NPC-QIC developed a national database, which monitors the quality of care and provides best practice guidelines for the care of patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. In 2010, the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital became a member of the collaborative, joining close to 50 hospitals.
National Cardiovascular Data Registry’s (NCDR) Improving Pediatric and Adult Congenital Treatment (IMPACT) Registry
The American College of Cardiology Foundation's IMPACT Registry (Improving Pediatric and Adult Congenital Treatment) is a national clinical data registry that assesses the prevalence, demographics, management, and outcomes of pediatric and adult patients with congenital heart disease who are undergoing diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterizations. The University of Maryland Children’s Hospital is a member of the IMPACT Registry, which will provide significant contributions toward tracking outcomes and improving care for children and adults with congenital heart disease who are undergoing catheterization based treatments.
Quality Metrics Working Group
Geoffrey Rosenthal, M.D., Ph.D is the Co-Chair of the Quality Metrics Working Group (QMWG). The group, made up of more than 80 members is focused on defining and developing quality measures in eight areas: heart failure/transplantation, imaging, adult Congenital Heart Disease, general pediatric cardiology, electrophysiology, cardiac intervention, critical care and nursing. The QMWG is dedicated to the continual monitoring and improvement of clinical care and patient outcomes.
Pediatric Advisory Committee to the Federal Drug Administration (PAC-FDA)
The University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital are dedicated to medication safety for children. Dr. Geoffrey Rosenthal is the Chair of the PAC and has been a member since 2007.
Information for parents, children, and teens
- American Academy of Pediatrics
General health information for parents
- American Heart Association
Information on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke
- Cardiac ECHO database
(available only from hospital locations or via VPN/Extranet or Citrix)
- Joint Council on Congenital Heart Disease - Quality Improvement Collaborative (JCCHDQI)
Parents of patients with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
- Mended Little Hearts
Support for parents of children with heart defects or heart disease
- Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) Foundation
Support for families of children and young adults who are genetically predisposed to sudden death due to heart rhythm abnormalities.