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The Pediatric Cardiology Department at Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn

Advocate Children’s Hospital, located on the campus of Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, IL, opened in 1996 with a vision of providing state-of-art, superior pediatric care to children and families throughout Chicago and the Midwest. The four-story, 69-bed pediatric medical facility is the third largest freestanding children’s hospital in the Chicago area. Our institution has accredited residency programs in emergency medicine, family practice, internal medicine, adult cardiology, general surgery, neurology, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedics and pediatrics.

Top-Ranked Pediatric Hospitals for Cardiology & Heart Surgery
Our cardiac program is one of the 50 top-ranked pediatric heart centers by U.S. News & World Report based on clinical research, surgical survival and ability to prevent bloodstream infections, among other areas.

The Cardiovascular surgery for congenital/acquired heart disease in newborns, infants and children is supported by three full-time pediatric cardiac surgeons. In addition, they provide the services for the ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) program. Being a very active clinical cardiac service, over 400 surgical operations are performed per year in which 70 percent of these are open-heart cases.

Fifteen full-time pediatric cardiologists provide the clinical cardiology service and contribute to the educational and training programs. A total of more than 10,000 outpatient evaluations are seen per year at the Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn and at our other various off-campus sites. The clinical service area includes 14 major community hospitals, covering nearly 35,000 live births in an area encompassing nearly 400 square miles.

The Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory performs approximately 350 cases per year. Our full-time Pediatric Echocardiographic Laboratory performs 5,500 studies per year. Exercise stress tests, transesophageal electrophysiologic studies, intracardiac electrophysiologic and interventional procedures, radiofrequency ablations and Tilt-tests are performed in a dedicated laboratory space.

Special Laboratory Procedures

1.  Transthoracic Echocardiogram


Transesophageal Echocardiogram


Intracardiac Echocardiogram 25
Fetal Echocardiogram (All campuses)


 2.  Cardiac invasive studies
Cardiac Catheterization total     350
 Intervention 250
3. Intracardiac Electrophysiologic studies + RF ablation


We provide the echocardiography interpretation for many referral hospitals for 6,000 additional echocardiograms per year.

The Congenital Heart and Conduction System Center is a unique aspect of our cardiac morphology/pathology division, which is currently headed by a nationally recognized cardiac pathologist. It provides an outstanding collection of cardiac specimens, which are categorized for study and ongoing research. CT Cardiac Imaging and Cardiac MRI scans are also performed at our campus.

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