About This Center
The Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease is a clinical partnership between Dell Children’s Medical Center and UT Health Austin, the clinical practice of the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin.
The Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease, housed at Dell Children’s Medical Center, diagnoses, treats, and manages the care of children and adults with heart diseases and defects, including aortic coarctation, congenital heart disease, heart failure, pulmonary atresia, pulmonary valve stenosis, single ventricle defects, ventricular septal defects, and more. Led by Chief of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery Charles Fraser, Jr., MD, who has been part of some of the finest institutions in medicine (including the children’s heart program ranked number one in America by U.S. News and World Report), our team provides a multifaceted continuum of care, coordinating patient care with referring physicians and other care team members to ensure patients receive the highest level of specialized care and experience a seamless transition to adult congenital cardiac care.
The Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease is the only pediatric program in Central Texas offering comprehensive heart care for newborns, infants, children, and adolescents.
In 2021, three leading pediatric cardiologists join UT Health Austin in an important milestone for the growing Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease/Dell Children’s Medical Center care team.
In 2019, the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease was recognized for successfully implanting the first mechanical heart device in a pediatric patient in Central Texas.
The Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease care team is capable of treating rare and complex cardiac cases to ensure the best possible outcome for you and your child. Patients are cared for by a dedicated multidisciplinary care team, meaning your child will benefit from the expertise of multiple specialists across a variety of disciplines. Our board-certified and fellowship-trained pediatric and congenital heart surgeons have extensive experience treating heart diseases and defects in children of all ages and work alongside a team of pediatric cardiac experts, including cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, critical care specialists, hospitalists, anesthesiologists, perfusionists, nurses, advanced practice providers, social workers, psychologists, child life specialists, dietitians, physical and occupational therapists, pharmacists, and more, providing unparalleled care for patients and their families every step of the way.
We collaborate with our colleagues at the Dell Medical School and The University of Texas at Austin to utilize the latest research, diagnostic, and treatment techniques, allowing us to provide innovative treatment options to patients with heart diseases and defects.
The Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease is comprised of highly specialized pediatric cardiac care providers who are experienced in providing specific services needed to treat a variety of conditions. Depending on your child’s needs, a team is built around you and your family to ensure you are receiving the most personalized care.
The Facility at Dell Children’s Medical Center
The Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease is located in the new Dell Children’s Specialty Pavilion that is connected to Dell Children’s Medical Center. Dell Children’s is the only dedicated freestanding pediatric hospital in Central Texas serving a 46-county area and beyond. The hospital and affiliated locations are outfitted with the latest state-of-the-art technology and organized to support an unmatched level of multidisciplinary care for all patients and their families.
The Pediatric Cardiac Care Unit is a 24-bed inpatient unit at Dell Children’s that is dedicated to delivering highly specialized, whole-person care to infants, children, adolescents, and adults diagnosed with congenital or acquired heart conditions. Patients and families have access to all the resources and amenities Dell Children’s has to offer to make your stay as comforting as possible.
About the Partnership Between Dell Children’s Medical Center and UT Health Austin
The collaboration between Dell Children’s Medical Center and UT Health Austin, the clinical practice of the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin, brings together medical professionals, medical school learners, and researchers who are all part of the integrated mission of transforming healthcare delivery and redesigning the academic health environment to better serve society. This collaboration allows us to provide you with a team of highly specialized providers who are at the forefront of the latest research, diagnostic, and technological developments.
Effective July 29, 2022, Igor Areinamo, MD will no longer be seeing patients within the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease. You can read his notification from UT Health Austin here.