Diagnostic Services

Fetal echocardiography provides an invaluable tool for the diagnosis of congenital heart disease and evaluation of fetal arrhythmias, thus allowing for the earliest identification of conditions that may require immediate intervention after birth. Pediatric echocardiography is used to diagnose heart conditions in older children.


  • Planning for labor and delivery
  • State-of-the-art technology which allows us to find heart defects before the birth of your child.
  • Access to the full Pediatric Heart Center team and the most advanced fetal heart interventions if necessary.
  • A wealth of education about the heart anomaly, treatment options and potential outcomes.
  • Complete care of your newborn after birth. Our teams are specially trained to provide lifesaving cardiac therapies immediately after the birth of the baby.

"It can be exceptionally difficult for families to be separated from their homes and from their other children for extended periods of time while caring for a child who is in the hospital. Having the choice to have their child hospitalized close to home will be a godsend to many of these families."
Dr. Gary Raff - Surgical Director, Pediatric Heart Center

Each year, some 40,000 children are born with congenital heart defects in the United States; worldwide about 1.5 million children are affected.

Technology now permits cardiologists and surgeons to perform intricate corrections on newborns so that many of these children can lead normal, energetic and productive lives.

Dr. Gary Raff is a specialist in treatments for complex congenital heart disease and chest wall anomalies in infants, though he treats patients of all ages, from newborns to adults. He earned his medical degree at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia and completed residencies in general surgery at University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, and in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and American College of Surgeons.

For more information, please contact the Pediatric Heart Center at 916-734-3456.