Texas Children’s Heart Center boasts outcomes among the best in the nation, treating more than 17,000 children with congenital heart defects annually

Texas Children’s Hospital is committed to helping patients, families and providers make better health care decisions using outcomes data. To highlight this dedication, Texas Children’s Heart Center releases an annual Heart Center Outcomes booklet that provides an overview of the cardiovascular program, contains important data about clinical outcomes and highlights the innovative research taking place at Texas Children’s and Baylor College of Medicine. Texas Children’s Heart Center is ranked #3 nationally in cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. To view the most recent Heart Center Outcomes book visit

Texas Children’s Heart Center has been a pioneering leader in pediatric cardiac care for more than 50 years, treating more than 17,000 children with congenital heart defects and performing more than 800 surgeries annually. The Heart Center team, led by Dr. Charles D. Fraser Jr., chief of congenital heart surgery, Dr. Daniel Penny, chief of cardiology, Dr. Emad Mossad, director of pediatric cardiovascular anesthesiology and professor of anesthesiology at Baylor, and Dr. Lara Shekerdemian, chief of critical care and professor of pediatrics at Baylor, combines cutting-edge technology with compassion and a family-centered approach.

The Heart Center’s efforts are supported through Texas Children’s Outcomes and Impact Service which is dedicated to patients and families through a commitment to track and improve clinical outcomes, transparency in sharing those outcomes and advocating for care to be provided where the best outcomes can be achieved.

Striking examples of the strength and depth of the integrated, multidisciplinary Heart Center team is exemplified by the following:

  • Electrophysiology
  • Coronary Anomalies Program
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Heart Transplants

Additional outcomes tracked in the book include diagnostic testing and cardiac imaging, Adult Congenital Heart Disease clinic encounters, cardiovascular anesthesia cases and Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit admissions.