The faculty of the section of Pediatric Cardiology are leaders in clinical care, teaching and research. Our clinical program offers the full spectrum of care in all sub-specialty areas of pediatric cardiology. Research in the section focuses on the evaluation of the latest devices for non-surgical repair of congenital heart anomalies.
Research in Pediatric Cardiology focuses on the evaluation of the latest devices for non-surgical repair of congenital heart anomalies. A total of 32 active research studies are currently being conducted. At different phases from enrollment to follow-up, these studies include children and adults, humans and animals, and implantation in the pediatric catherization lab and in the operating room. Many of the procedures include the placement of devices percutaneously to close congenital health lesions avoiding the need for cardiac surgery. Some of these devices are custom-made specifically for each patient’s need. Two of the devices, the Amplatzer® Septal Occluder and the Amplatzer® Duct Occluder, which were part of the clinical trial at The University of Chicago are now FDA approved. Post market surveillance trials of these two devices are currently underway.
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