​Innovations in Cardiac Care For Children With Heart Disease

Dr. Jonathan Chen, MD, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Cardiac Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) discusses congenital heart disease (CHD) and the advances in prenatal diagnosis and imaging that have allowed for early treatment for babies with birth defects like CHD. He covers several options that are improving treatment for children with heart disease and how, now, innovations in prosthetic valve repair and replacement can also provide less invasive treatment options. 

Dr. Chen is the Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Co-Director of the Cardiac Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. His clinical research has primarily been directed toward surgical issues in complex congenital heart care and cardiac transplantation (focusing on advances with operative techniques, outcomes research and transplantation for congenital heart disease), with a particular emphasis on the development of mechanical ventricular assist devices for children, as well as stem-cell based valved conduits for pediatric application.

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