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Pediatric Heart Failure & Transplant Program

Our experts in pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular surgery care for children with advanced heart failure.

At NYU Langone’s Pediatric Heart Failure and Transplant Program, our highly experienced medical and surgical team partners with your family to provide your child with skilled, compassionate heart failure care and, if needed, access to heart transplant.

Our relationship starts by building trust through communication. We learn as much as possible about your child’s condition and how it is affecting their health and wellbeing. We also take time to answer your questions, understand your hopes and concerns, and work with you to create a care plan.

Our team is part of the Pediatric Congenital Heart Program at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, a world-renowned program known for its higher-than-average survival rates and excellence in treating the most complex heart conditions in children. Surgeries are performed at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital—34th Street, New York City’s newest children’s hospital and the only one in Manhattan with all single-bedded rooms.

Treatment for Pediatric Heart Failure

When the heart is not pumping properly, the result can be heart failure. Symptoms include tiredness, trouble breathing, fast heart rate, leg swelling, dizziness, nausea, or belly pain. Most children with advanced heart failure have cardiomyopathy, a congenital condition that makes it harder for the heart to pump blood through the body. There are three types of cardiomyopathy: dilated cardiomyopathy causes the heart to enlarge; hypertrophic cardiomyopathy results in thickened heart muscle; and restrictive cardiomyopathy creates stiff heart muscle. Certain congenital heart defects, such as hypoplastic left heart syndrome, also can lead to heart failure.

During your child’s first appointment, our pediatric cardiologist talks with you and your child about these symptoms, and learns how heart failure is affecting your child’s life. We review your child’s medical records and perform additional diagnostic tests. Once we have a full picture of your child’s condition, we develop a treatment plan to manage the heart failure. This often includes medications.

When medications are no longer enough to help your child’s heart pump efficiently, heart transplant may be an option.

Pediatric Heart Transplant

If our cardiologist determines that your child is a candidate for transplant, their name is placed on a waiting list maintained by the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS). As your child awaits transplant, we continue to provide the most advanced heart failure care. This might include the use of a ventricular assist device, which provides mechanical support to help your child’s heart circulate blood through the body.

When a donor heart has been identified, our pediatric heart transplant surgery team travels to the donor hospital, retrieves the organ, and transports it back to Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital. Once your child receives the donor heart, they will recover in our state-of-the-art Congenital Cardiovascular Care Unit (CCVCU). Children tend to recover quickly after transplant, and many are able to return to school and other activities soon after.

Our Pediatric Heart Failure and Transplant Team

We understand that your child and family have many needs during this uncertain time, and aim to provide social and emotional support, as well as the highest level of medical and surgical care. Our heart failure and transplant team includes a transplant cardiologist, transplant surgeon, transplant nurse practitioner, infectious disease specialist, pharmacist, social worker, dietitian, child life specialists, physical therapist, occupational therapist, psychiatrist, and chaplain, all of whom specialize in the care of children.

As children mature into adulthood, those in need of transplant are transitioned to the adult heart transplant program, part of the NYU Langone Transplant Institute. Ongoing care for congenital heart defects is provided through the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program.

Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU 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 Leadership

  • T.K. Susheel Kumar at Pediatric Heart Failure & Transplant Program
    Surgical Director | Pediatric & Adult Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

    Dr. Kumar is surgical director of the Pediatric Heart Failure and Transplant Program. He has vast experience in pediatric heart transplant and congenital heart surgery, as well as expertise in the use of ventricular assist devices for children. He has coauthored numerous publications regarding complex pediatric heart transplant techniques, donor myocardial protection, and ventricular assist devices.

  • Rakesh Singh at Pediatric Heart Failure & Transplant Program
    Medical Director | Pediatric Cardiology

    Dr. Singh is medical director of the Pediatric Heart Failure and Transplant Program. He provides treatment for children with advanced heart failure and evaluates children for transplant. He has cared for more than 150 children who have received heart transplants.

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Pediatric Heart Failure & Transplant Program

Pediatric Heart Failure & Transplant Program

150 East 32nd Street
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10016