Facts about the Division of Pediatric Cardiology
at Columbia University Medical Center

The first successful pediatric heart transplant and the first pacemaker to be surgically implanted in a newborn.

Development of the APGAR score,
now used globally
to evaluate newborns’ health.

Consistently ranked among the top 10 Best Children’s Hospitals with
survival rates above 98%.

Facts about Congenital Heart Disease

Congenital heart defects are a leading cause of birth defect related deaths worldwide, accounting for more than 1 of every 5 infant deaths.

There are at least 35
different types of
congenital heart defects.

Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect in the United States, affecting nearly 1% of or about 40,000 births per year.

Our mission is to lead the world in curing congenital heart disease
One gene…
One cell…
One heart at a time!

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