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Holtz Children's Hospital

Our Children's Heart Center is the only full service cardiology program in South Florida and one of the most advanced heart centers in the United States, providing the full spectrum of congenital and acquired cardiovascular care - from simple evaluations to the most complex procedures. The center is staffed by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine's child health physicians and surgeons, who are at the forefront of groundbreaking technology.

Gabriel Avalos was diagnosed with Wolf-Parkinson-White (WPW) Syndrome with supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), which means he was born with abnormal electrical pathways in his heart. Thanks to the minimally invasive cardiac ablation procedure Gabriel had at Holtz just months ago, he was cured of his heart condition. Now he's back to creating his artistic masterpieces and focusing on his future career goal - to become an architect!

The CHC is also home to the Miami Adult Congenital Heart (MACH) Center as we are the only program in South Florida capable of caring for patients with congenital heart disease from the fetus through adulthood.

Special Services

The Children's Heart Center (CHC) is a comprehensive center of excellence for those who have congenital or acquired cardiovascular disease. Pediatric specialists at the CHC provide a full range of preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic services for:

Babies in the womb • Infants • Children Adolescents • Young adults

The Children’s Heart Center is comprised of the following services and programs:

  • Adult Congenital Heart Program
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
  • Cardiology Outpatient Service
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Echocardiography Service
  • Fetal Echocardiography Program
  • Electrophysiology Service
  • Heart Failure and Transplantation Program
  • Inpatient Service- Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
  • Perfusion Services

Physician Team

Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D.
Chief of Staff, Holtz Children's Hospital
Richard E. Kardon, DO
Director of Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Imaging Jackson Memorial Hospital
Satinder K. Sandhu, M.D.
Director of Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
Christopher Ratnasamy, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Manuel R. Gonzalez-Brito, DO
Assistant Professor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Tracie L. Miller, M.D.
Director, Division of Clinical Research
William G. Harmon, M.D.
Director of Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care
Michael A. Nares, M.D.
Fellowship Director, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Jorge N. Hernandez, M.D.
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Christopher Ratnasamy, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Marco Ricci, M.D. PhD
Associate Professor of Surgery and Director, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
Mary C. Sokoloski, M.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology and Pediatric Electrophysiology
Eliot R. Rosenkranz, M.D.
Associate Professor of Surgery
Sethuraman Swaminathan, M.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Fellowship Program Director, Pediatric Cardiology, and Co-Director, Pediatric Non-invasive Cardiovascular Laboratory
Dolores F. Tamer, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology Division
Paolo G. Rusconi, M.D.
Medical Director of Pediatric Heart Transplant and Cardiac Failure
Ming-Lon Young, M.D., MPH
Interim Director of Pediatric Cardiology, Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology
Shirah Shore, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care, and Pediatric Cardiology

Contact Us

Children’s Heart Center
North Wing Clinic, Suite 121
1611 NW 12th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136

To make an appointment with any Children’s Heart Center specialist, please call 305-585-6683.

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Miami, FL 33136

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