Letter from Our Director

Randall L. Caldwell, MD

Randall L. Caldwell, MD

  • Peter Lawrence Phillips Professor of Pediatrics
  • Director, Section of Pediatric Cardiology
  • Indiana University School of Medicine

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the Riley Pediatric Cardiology Division. The physicians and researchers at the Riley Children’s Hospital at Indiana University Health deliver the most effective treatments available for children with heart disease. Our integrated clinics and programs provide the nation's top specialists offering timely and effective treatment. The Pediatric Cardiovascular Program at Riley Children’s Hospital has been delivering state-of-the-art care to the children of Indiana for over fifty years.  The integrated program includes many providers including pediatric cardiologists, pediatric cardiovascular surgeons, pediatric cardiac intensivists, cardiac neonatologists, pediatric cardiovascular anesthesiologists, adult congenital cardiac specialists, cardiac geneticists, maternal fetal medicine specialists, and numerous advanced practice nurses.

The Pediatric Cardiology program provides comprehensive outpatient and inpatient cardiac evaluation by a pediatric cardiology team in the newly occupied 750,000 square foot Simon Family Tower. We are able to treat a variety of diseases and conditions, including congenital heart disease, acquired heart disease, Kawasaki disease, rheumatic fever, arrhythmias, heart murmurs, chest pain, syncope, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, heart failure, and heart transplantation.

The most common cardiac defects continue to be congenital heart disease affecting nearly 1% of all newborns.  Defects that previously were considered hopeless are now successfully repaired or palliated.  As of 2009, this has resulted in more patients being greater than 18 years of age with congenital heart disease as compared to those under 18 years of age.  The congenital heart program spans prenatal diagnosis, pediatric congenital heart disease and the adult congenital heart disease continuum.

In addition to the clinical pediatric cardiology program, we have a vibrant translational research program through The Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research. The Wells Center conducts basic science and translational research within the Department of Pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine, offering exceptional opportunities for collaborations between basic scientists, translational scientists and physicians.

The Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program at Riley Hospital trains academically oriented leaders in the clinical care and laboratory or clinical investigation of pediatric cardiovascular diseases. A major goal is to teach state-of-the-art approaches and techniques in order to prepare trainees to work at the forefront of their field.

Randall L. Caldwell, MD, FAAP, FACC
Peter Lawrence Phillips Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Section of Pediatric Cardiology