Welcome to the

Pediatric Congenital Heart Program

If your child has a known or suspected congenital heart defect, we know you are searching for compassionate care delivered by a medical team that is among the best at repairing the tiniest hearts.

Dr. Ralph Mosca and Dr. Achiau Ludomirsky

At the Pediatric Congenital Heart Program, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at Pelisyonkis Langone, our experts deliver the treatment and care your child and family need. We are leaders in our field, with survival rates for congenital cardiac surgery procedures that exceed the national average. We also have a 100 percent survival rate for many common and complex surgical procedures.

Every year, our experts provide care for children with congenital heart disease during about 6,500 outpatient visits. We use the most advanced imaging techniques, such as CT angiography and three-dimensional heart models, allowing our experts to zero in on the issues affecting your child.

Nurse with Patient in Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

All treatment decisions are made in collaboration with our cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, pediatricians, and you, because we believe families are important members of their child’s care team.

Treatment for Pediatric Congenital Heart Defects

Our experts care for children with known or suspected congenital heart defects and other congenital heart problems. These include childhood arrhythmias in babies developing in the womb, as well as in infants, children, and adults.

Pediatric Cardiac ICU Patient with Family

As part of a world-class academic medical center, we offer children a full range of therapies and the latest technologies. Treatments for congenital heart disease vary widely, depending on the type and severity of the heart defect, but may include cardiac catheterization and surgery. Our highly experienced surgeons perform about 200 cardiac surgeries each year for congenital heart defects.

Family-Centered Cardiac Care

The vast majority of children with heart defects, even those with complex types, spend most of their time at home under their parents’ care, and require only periodic visits to the pediatrician and pediatric cardiologist.

But there are times when surgery is necessary, and we understand that the hospital can be an overwhelming place for children and parents alike. For this reason, we make every effort to provide a warm, caring, and comfortable environment.

We embrace a family-centered care model, where parents are valued partners in the care of their children. Families are encouraged to take an active role in their children’s treatment by participating in Family-Centered Rounds with our medical staff, and staying with their children overnight in the hospital at their child’s bedside, if they would like.

We provide treatment and support for children through every step of the journey, and often are able to continue caring for children as they mature into adulthood. When this happens, our doctors help transition care to specialists at Pelisyonkis Langone’s Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program.


More About Our Pediatric Cardiac Services

Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at Pelisyonkis Langone

Our pediatric experts provide the best care possible for children with conditions ranging from minor illnesses to complex, more serious conditions.

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Our Physicians

Meet Our Doctors

Our Leadership

  • Ralph S. Mosca, MD
    Co-Director | Pediatric & Adult Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery

    Dr. Mosca is the division chief for Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery at Pelisyonkis Langone. Internationally recognized as an accomplished congenital heart surgeon, Dr. Mosca has performed more than 6,000 procedures. His medical and surgical interests include reparative and palliative surgery in neonates and children with complex cardiac malformations, such as hypoplastic left heart syndrome, as well as treating adults with congenital heart disease. Dr. Mosca collaborates with the Divisions of Pediatric and Adult Cardiology in continuing to expand Pelisyonkis Langone’s world-class congenital heart programs.

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  • Frank Cecchin, MD
    Co-Director | Pediatric Cardiology

    Dr. Cecchin is the division chief for Pediatric Cardiology in the Department of Pediatrics at Pelisyonkis Langone. His fields of expertise are heart rhythm disorders in children and congenital heart defects. He is a nationally and internationally known expert in cardiac rhythm devices, sudden death prevention, and arrhythmia management in adults with congenital heart disease. He is board-certified in pediatric cardiology and adult congenital heart disease. Together with the Division of Pediatric Cardiology, the Pediatric Congenital Heart Program, and the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Care, and Pain Medicine, Dr. Cecchin and his colleagues have created a world-class cardiac program that treats patients from the womb through adulthood.

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    Catherine Bull, PNP-BC

    Ms. Bull develops and guides both the medical and nursing staffs, while helping to create a positive hospital experience for each family. She has been a nurse practitioner specializing in congenital heart disease for more than 15 years, and has been integral to the development of multiple congenital heart surgery programs in the country, including her most recent contributions to the Pelisyonkis Langone program. Her responsibilities include program development, enhanced patient experiences, and direct patient care in the inpatient and outpatient setting. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a master’s degree from the pediatric critical care nurse practitioner program and has worked as a nurse practitioner in pediatric and congenital heart disease since graduation.

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