Accomplishments

Since opening its doors in 2005, the UF Health Congenital Heart Center has made significant strides with detecting, monitoring and treating congenital heart disease in patients of all ages.

2018

  • U.S. News & World Report ranked the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital among the top 20 pediatric cardiology and heart surgery centers in the United States, and highest-ranked in Florida for the third consecutive year.
  • UF Health Shands Transplant Center accomplishes a 99.2% survival rate over a two and a half year period, according to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.

2017

  • UF Health Shands Transplant Center accomplishes a 100% survival rate over a two and a half year period, according to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital among the top 25 pediatric cardiology and heart surgery centers in the United States, and highest-ranked in Florida for the second consecutive year.
  • First in Florida to offer an iPad-monitoring app to caregivers of infants with single ventricle defects, a high-risk cardiac condition.

2016

  • The UF Health Congenital Heart Center celebrates 10 years in operation.
  • UF Health Shands Hospital ranked in the top 25 in the nation for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report and ranked No. 1 in the state of Florida.
  • Physicians at the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital and the UF Health Congenital Heart Center successfully separate conjoined twins who are connected at the heart, liver and sternum.
  • Physicians at the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital and the UF Health Congenital Heart Center successfully separate conjoined twins who are connected at the heart, liver and sternum.

2015

  • Introduction of 3D printing for patients with complex congenital heart disease.

2014

  • UF Health opens its state-of-the-art Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.

2013

  • UF Health physicians complete a heart-lung transplant in its youngest infant.
  • The UF Health Congenital Heart Center becomes the first program in Florida to have the Syncardia Total Artificial Heart® implanted in a 16-year-old patient.
  • UF Health starts the Single Ventricle Home Monitoring Program and joins the NPCQIC to decrease mortality of infants with single ventricle congenital heart disease.

2011

  • The UF Health Congenital Heart Center is ranked among the top 50 pediatric cardiology and heart surgery centers by U.S. News & World Report for the first time.

2006

  • The UF Health Congenital Heart Center opens and is led by its first director, Mark Bleiweis, MD.
  • UF Health becomes the first in Florida to use the Berlin Heart implant as a bridge to transplant.

First in Florida: Leaders in Innovation

UF Health and the UF Health Congenital Heart Center have also been the first in Florida to perform the following procedures:

  • Pediatric heart transplant, 1986
  • Infant heart transplant, 1993
  • Pediatric heart-kidney transplant, 1994
  • Pediatric lung transplant, 1996
  • Pediatric heart-lung transplant, 1999
  • Double-lung transplant in youngest infant, 2002
  • Berlin Heart implant as bridge to transplant, 2006 (CHC contributed to data collection that resulted in FDA approval in the fall of 2011)
  • Heart-lung transplant in youngest infant, 2013
  • SynCardia Total Artificial Heart® implant, 2013
  • SynCardia Total Artificial Heart® implant with portable Freedom drive in youngest patient in the world, 2014