Andrew Atz, MD
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
The Children’s Heart Center of South Carolina is the only tertiary care pediatric cardiology referral center for the Children’s Heart Program of South Carolina, a consortium of all the pediatric cardiology practitioners in the state.
Established in 2001 by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Conducts research studies in children with congenital or acquired heart disease
Designed to carry out clinical research so that children with heart disease can receive high- quality, evidence-based care
The major barriers to clinical studies in pediatric heart disease include small numbers of individuals with a particular congenital heart defect at any one center, differences in treatment approaches and lack of resources to provide national coordination of collaborative research. The Network approach attempts to address these barriers by offering an effective, flexible way to study adequate numbers of patients with uncommon diseases through a common infrastructure for recruiting, monitoring, and following patients whose conditions will be characterized in a standard fashion.
Centers with experienced research teams at hospitals that specialize in the care of pediatric patients with heart disease were chosen to become part of the PHN.
We train our fellows to become the leaders of tomorrow in patient care, teaching and research, who have a strong record of academic productivity in the area of clinical research. National honors received over the years which attest to their level of excellence in research have included the following:
The U.S. News & World Report rankings once again place the MUSC Children’s Hospital heart program among the top 20 in the country. Six MUSC Children’s Hospital divisions are honored in the rankings: