The Section of Pediatric Cardiology in the Department of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine was founded in 1964 with the recruitment of Donald A. Girod, MD. Over the past 50 years, pediatric cardiology has grown into a large interdisciplinary congenital heart service line providing care to the children of the state of Indiana, the Mid West, and internationally. At Riley Hospital for Children, cardiovascular care starts with the fetus in diagnosing and treating congenital heart defects and extends through the adult congenital population. Providers delivering care through the congenital heart service line include pediatric cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, cardiovascular critical care specialists, cardiovascular pediatric anesthesiologists, neonatologists with expertise in congenital heart abnormalities and numerous other pediatric specialists. Our care is delivered along-side our highly trained and dedicated pediatric nurses and nurse practitioners. We have had three consecutive cycles as being certified as a Magnet nursing program for the IU Health system including Riley Hospital. Our program has been ranked in the top 30 congenital heart programs in the country by US News & World Report for the past three consecutive reviews.
Pediatric Cardiology at Riley Hospital for Children has an experienced and dedicated group of faculty who excel in the diagnosis, treatment, and counseling of patients and families having congenital heart abnormalities. Complimenting their expertise in the hands-on physical exam, pediatric cardiologists at Riley Hospital employ a variety of tests to evaluate cardiovascular defects; Echocardiography, EKG, X-ray, ambulatory EKG, exercise stress testing, electrophysiologic testing, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and diagnostic heart catheterization, among others. Pediatric Cardiology also offers a preventive cardiology program to help children and their families make better choices to avoid the problems associated with obesity, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia. In addition to our services based at Riley Hospital, we also provide care in outreach clinics located throughout the state of Indiana.
Pediatric research at IU is ranked #8 in NIH funding nationally. The Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research is part of a 500,000 sq. ft. interconnected state-of-the art research complex on the IU School of Medicine campus in Indianapolis. In May of 2008, IUSM, with partner institution Purdue University, was awarded a five year NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award to support the recently formed Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI). In 2009, IUSM received an additional $60 million gift for additional development of clinical translational research.
The scientists at the Riley Heart Research Center share a goal with the clinicians and surgeons - to give children with heart problems a chance for a better and longer life. We have a renowned translational research program exploring the mechanisms for development of congenital heart abnormalities and associated heart failure in children. The scientists seek to understand why congenital or acquired heart defects occur and how they lead to abnormal heart function. By gaining a thorough understanding of these processes, the Riley Heart Research Center can develop new therapies to treat and prevent heart disease in children.