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Home is Where the Heart is

The Campbell family, whose 10 children range in age from one and half to 24, recently welcomed Janan, the newest addition to their family, and he has required little extra care……

Celebrating 10 Years of Healing Hearts

This past January, the University of Florida Health Congenital Heart Center celebrated 10 years of healing hearts for patients of all ages diagnosed with congenital heart defects……

In the News

Discover a compilation of stories and videos about the UF Health Congenital Heart Center and its faculty, staff and patients. UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital nationally ranked in five specialties University of Florida Health Shands Children’s Hospital has been nationally ranked in five medical specialties, making significant gains in…

Fast Facts

UF Health Congenital Heart Center Facts & Firsts 2019: U.S. News & World Report ranked the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital among the top 15 pediatric cardiology and heart surgery programs in the United States, and highest-ranked in Florida for the fourth consecutive year.2018: U.S. News & World Report ranked the…

Prenatal Diagnosis, Knowledge Help Couple Cope with Son’s Heart Condition

Samantha and Ryan Padgett’s baby was diagnosed prenatally with a congenital heart defect. Early diagnosis allowed them to plan for Grayson’s birth, giving him the best possible start in life. By Karen Thurston Chavez “That’s not what that’s supposed to look like.” That’s not a comment you…

Sweet Heart

David and Krista Kahn twin girls battled the odds of prematurity, and one also fought to survive a life-threatening heart defect. By Karen Thurston Chavez The Kahn Family, from left, Megan, Ryan,…

Interventional Cardiology

The UF Health Congenital Heart Center has a dedicated congenital Interventional Cardiac Catheterization Lab. With Curt Fudge, MD, as its director, the UF pediatric interventional cardiologists perform about 300 diagnostic and interventional catheterizations each year. The use of interventional catheterization means that UF’s congenital heart specialists can…

Pediatric Cardiology and Heart Surgery at UF Health Ranked Among Nation’s Top 25

The UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital ‘s pediatric cardiology and heart surgery program was recognized among the nation’s Top 25 congenital heart centers, according to the 2012-2013 U.S. News’ Best Children’s Hospitals rankings release in June 2012. In Florida, the University of Florida Congenital Heart Center is the highest-ranked children’s…