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Pediatric Heart Center

Pediatric Heart Center

Find answers to all your queries about child heart disease

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.

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.

"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 god send to many of these families," Dr.Raff said.

Dr.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.

UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only comprehensive hospital for children. From primary care offices to specialty and intensive care clinics, pediatric experts provide compassionate care to more than 100,000 children each year and conduct research on causes and improved treatments for conditions such as autism, asthma, obesity, cancer and birth defects. For more information, visit the UC Davis Children's Hospital Web site or call the Pediatric Heart Center today (916) 734-3456.