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Children’s Genetic Cardiology Clinic

When a heart condition is present at a child’s birth, genes often play a role in--or are the cause of--that condition. Children’s genetic cardiology clinic is the only one in Minnesota dedicated to children whose cardiac problems may have a genetic element.

Children’s pediatric geneticist and cardiologist, Mary Ella Pierpont, MD, is one of a few physicians in the U.S. who specializes in inherited cardiac conditions in children. As the leader of Children’s genetic cardiology clinic, Dr. Pierpont personally sees each child.

Your child’s initial visit will include an evaluation or set of evaluations customized to your child’s unique needs. Diagnostic services, such as echocardiography, electrocardiogram, Holter monitoring, and genetic diagnostic testing, are available through the clinic. Therapies such as surgery or cardiac catheterization are available as well.

See more information on cardiac care at Children’s.


Mary Ella Pierpont, MD

Dr. Pierpont is a primary investigator on the research program trial of beta-blocker therapy (Atenolol) vs. angiotensin II receptor blocker therapy (Losartan) in individuals with Marfan syndrome. This trial is administered by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and Pediatric Heart Network.

Some of the conditions treated in the genetic cardiology clinic include:

  • Allagille syndrome
  • Atrioventricular septal defect
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • CHARGE syndrome
  • Down syndrome
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
  • Holt-Oram syndrome
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Loeys-Dietz syndrome
  • Marfan syndrome
  • Noonan syndrome
  • Turner syndrome
  • Williams syndrome

Contact Us

  • If you are a family member and want to make an appointment, call Children’s genetics clinic at (612) 813-7240. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • If you are a health professional looking for a consultation or referral information, please call Children's genetics clinic at (612) 813-7240 or Children’s Physician Access at 1-866-755-2121 (toll-free). Consultation is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.