Children’s Minnesota Cardiovascular Program

Children’s Minnesota’s cardiovascular department provides comprehensive pediatric cardiovascular services – from routine care to advanced cardiac surgeries, from before birth and into adulthood. Our program treats the most pediatric cardiology patients in Minnesota and our outcomes are some of the best in the country. Our cardiovascular program is the only one in the region that is part of a health system dedicated exclusively to children.

Complete cardiac care in one place

The Edward J. Phillips Cardiovascular Care Center at Children’s Minnesota – Minneapolis hospital is one of a kind – all cardiac services for kids are conveniently located on the same floor in a single building. Our pediatric cardiac intensivists provide 24/7 on-site care. Private patient rooms with amenities like private bathrooms allow families their own space and the privacy to ask questions from their care team.

You will also find the specialists at Children’s Heart Clinic outpatient clinics around the region.

The numbers of our program

Children’s Minnesota treats far more pediatric cardiovascular patients – from fetal detection and treatment through young-adult care – than any other program in the region. Treating more patients is associated with higher-quality care and better outcomes, especially in complex cases.

Since its inception in 1977, we have performed more than 12,000+ heart surgeries.


  • 400+ heart surgeries
  • 350+ patients treated by cath lab
  • 1800+ fetal hearts scanned for heart abnormalities
  • 200+ cardiac MRIs
  • 200+ cardiac CTs
  • 15,000+ echoes performed or interpreted

Services that set us apart

  • Dedicated pediatric heart failure heart transplant program that is certified through Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
  • An award-winning ECMO program.
  • First lab in the Upper Midwest specifically for pediatric cardiac catheterization.
  • First and only pediatric hospital in the United States to use a new catheterization system designed to minimize radiation exposure.
  • First lab in the Upper Midwest that is exclusively for pediatric electrophysiology studies – a procedure to study electrical activity in the heart.
  • First facility in Minnesota to be nationally accredited in pediatric transthoracic echocardiography.
  • First surgeons in the Upper Midwest to perform a complex, three-part surgery to treat hypoplastic left heart syndrome – a birth defect in which the left side of the heart is underdeveloped.
  • First pediatric hospital in Minnesota, and second in the United States, to install a photon-counting CT scanner, allowing for improved imaging resolution at very low radiation doses compared to conventional CT scanners.
  • Children’s Minnesota started Project ADAM Minnesota in 2021. Project ADAM is a national program to help prepare schools to respond in the event of a cardiac arrest.

Pediatric cardiovascular collaboration

Children’s Minnesota and Mayo Clinic collaborate in the care of children with congenital heart disease. The Mayo Clinic – Children’s Minnesota Cardiovascular Collaborative will share program resources and clinical talent to provide the highest quality pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular surgery services to patients throughout the country. As part of the collaborative, the physicians will provide services at respective sites, enabling us to expand coverage and heighten research and education opportunities. We are proud to build on our longstanding relationship with Mayo Clinic.

Ranked as a Best Children’s Hospital by U.S. News & World Report

The Mayo Clinic – Children’s Minnesota Cardiovascular Collaborative has been ranked as top performing in Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospitals for 2023-2024.

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Doctors and healthcare providers

For immediate access to a Children’s Minnesota cardiac expert

Please call Children’s Minnesota Physician Access at 1-866-755-2121, available 24/7 for connections to a specialist, referral, admission and transport assistance.