Pediatric Heart Center | UC Davis Children's Hospital
  • UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center

The UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center is inland Northern California's only full-service pediatric heart center, offering the latest tests and treatments for a range of congenital heart conditions. Our integrated multidisciplinary team of surgeons, specialists, physicians, nurses and researchers provide some of Northern California's most sophisticated specialty and surgical expertise in:

  • Pediatric cardiology
  • Pediatric cardiothoracic surgery
  • Cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology
  • Neonatal and pediatric intensive care
  • Pediatric critical care nursing
  • Fetal diagnosis of heart defects

Our pediatric heart specialists treat patients both in Sacramento and throughout Northern California at our outreach clinics, which allow children in outlying areas to receive a consultation and evaluation without having to travel to Sacramento.

To schedule an appointment at any of our clinic locations, please call 916-734-3456.

The Pediatric Heart Center sees patients in the Sacramento area at the Glassrock Building (see map) on the campus of the UC Davis Medical Center and at the UC Davis Medical Group clinics in Roseville and Auburn.

We also schedule and hold monthly outreach clinics in Redding, Chico, Stockton, and Marysville. To schedule an appointment at any of our clinics, please call 916-734-3456.

View all clinic locations with maps and directions »

Surgical intervention for infants diagnosed with congenital heart disease addresses a variety of defects, including:

Some conditions may be treated using catheters - thin, flexible, narrow tubes threaded through blood vessels to the heart - rather than traditional, invasive cardiothoracic surgery. Cardiac catheterization can be used to make repairs, like closing holes in the heart muscle or removing obstructions from the blood vessels, or to place stents in narrowed or blocked blood vessels to keep them open.

Pediatric cardiac electrophysiology uses radiofrequency catheter ablation to treat cardiac arrhythmias, disrupting areas of the heart that are the source of the electrical irregularities.

Patient story, cardiothoracic surgery

Gary Raff, pediatric heart surgeon talks about what we do at UC Davis in the cardiac operating room. Patient story of Elijah Rangel who underwent surgery for congenital heart disease.

Pediatric heart patients recover in UC Davis' state-of-the-art Pediatric Intensive Care Unit/Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PICU/PCICU). The unit has a 2-to-1 patient-to-nurse ratio, and critical care medicine physicians are on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Larger, single-patient rooms enhance family-centered care - a sleeping sofa and a chair in each room enable family members to remain at their child's bedside around the clock. Each room has its own bathroom.

Children who are well enough have access to an activity room with music, art and play therapy provided by the hospital's Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department. The program helps relieve the stress and anxiety of hospitalization.

The Pediatric Heart Center is part of the National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative, a group of 58 medical institutions that collaborates on quality improvement tools and methods to improve the health outcomes of care for children with cardiovascular disease and enhance communication between clinicians and parents. More information about the NPCQI's programs and outcomes is available from their website.



Pediatric Heart Center | UC Davis Children's Hospital
  • UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center

The UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center is inland Northern California's only full-service pediatric heart center, offering the latest tests and treatments for a range of congenital heart conditions. Our integrated multidisciplinary team of surgeons, specialists, physicians, nurses and researchers provide some of Northern California's most sophisticated specialty and surgical expertise in:

  • Pediatric cardiology
  • Pediatric cardiothoracic surgery
  • Cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology
  • Neonatal and pediatric intensive care
  • Pediatric critical care nursing
  • Fetal diagnosis of heart defects

Our pediatric heart specialists treat patients both in Sacramento and throughout Northern California at our outreach clinics, which allow children in outlying areas to receive a consultation and evaluation without having to travel to Sacramento.

To schedule an appointment at any of our clinic locations, please call 916-734-3456.

The Pediatric Heart Center sees patients in the Sacramento area at the Glassrock Building (see map) on the campus of the UC Davis Medical Center and at the UC Davis Medical Group clinics in Roseville and Auburn.

We also schedule and hold monthly outreach clinics in Redding, Chico, Stockton, and Marysville. To schedule an appointment at any of our clinics, please call 916-734-3456.

View all clinic locations with maps and directions »

Surgical intervention for infants diagnosed with congenital heart disease addresses a variety of defects, including:

Some conditions may be treated using catheters - thin, flexible, narrow tubes threaded through blood vessels to the heart - rather than traditional, invasive cardiothoracic surgery. Cardiac catheterization can be used to make repairs, like closing holes in the heart muscle or removing obstructions from the blood vessels, or to place stents in narrowed or blocked blood vessels to keep them open.

Pediatric cardiac electrophysiology uses radiofrequency catheter ablation to treat cardiac arrhythmias, disrupting areas of the heart that are the source of the electrical irregularities.

Patient story, cardiothoracic surgery

Gary Raff, pediatric heart surgeon talks about what we do at UC Davis in the cardiac operating room. Patient story of Elijah Rangel who underwent surgery for congenital heart disease.

Pediatric heart patients recover in UC Davis' state-of-the-art Pediatric Intensive Care Unit/Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PICU/PCICU). The unit has a 2-to-1 patient-to-nurse ratio, and critical care medicine physicians are on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Larger, single-patient rooms enhance family-centered care - a sleeping sofa and a chair in each room enable family members to remain at their child's bedside around the clock. Each room has its own bathroom.

Children who are well enough have access to an activity room with music, art and play therapy provided by the hospital's Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department. The program helps relieve the stress and anxiety of hospitalization.

The Pediatric Heart Center is part of the National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative, a group of 58 medical institutions that collaborates on quality improvement tools and methods to improve the health outcomes of care for children with cardiovascular disease and enhance communication between clinicians and parents. More information about the NPCQI's programs and outcomes is available from their website.



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Pediatric Heart Center | UC Davis Children's Hospital
  • UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center

The UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center is inland Northern California's only full-service pediatric heart center, offering the latest tests and treatments for a range of congenital heart conditions. Our integrated multidisciplinary team of surgeons, specialists, physicians, nurses and researchers provide some of Northern California's most sophisticated specialty and surgical expertise in:

  • Pediatric cardiology
  • Pediatric cardiothoracic surgery
  • Cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology
  • Neonatal and pediatric intensive care
  • Pediatric critical care nursing
  • Fetal diagnosis of heart defects

Our pediatric heart specialists treat patients both in Sacramento and throughout Northern California at our outreach clinics, which allow children in outlying areas to receive a consultation and evaluation without having to travel to Sacramento.

To schedule an appointment at any of our clinic locations, please call 916-734-3456.

The Pediatric Heart Center sees patients in the Sacramento area at the Glassrock Building (see map) on the campus of the UC Davis Medical Center and at the UC Davis Medical Group clinics in Roseville and Auburn.

We also schedule and hold monthly outreach clinics in Redding, Chico, Stockton, and Marysville. To schedule an appointment at any of our clinics, please call 916-734-3456.

View all clinic locations with maps and directions »

Surgical intervention for infants diagnosed with congenital heart disease addresses a variety of defects, including:

Some conditions may be treated using catheters - thin, flexible, narrow tubes threaded through blood vessels to the heart - rather than traditional, invasive cardiothoracic surgery. Cardiac catheterization can be used to make repairs, like closing holes in the heart muscle or removing obstructions from the blood vessels, or to place stents in narrowed or blocked blood vessels to keep them open.

Pediatric cardiac electrophysiology uses radiofrequency catheter ablation to treat cardiac arrhythmias, disrupting areas of the heart that are the source of the electrical irregularities.

Patient story, cardiothoracic surgery

Gary Raff, pediatric heart surgeon talks about what we do at UC Davis in the cardiac operating room. Patient story of Elijah Rangel who underwent surgery for congenital heart disease.

Pediatric heart patients recover in UC Davis' state-of-the-art Pediatric Intensive Care Unit/Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PICU/PCICU). The unit has a 2-to-1 patient-to-nurse ratio, and critical care medicine physicians are on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Larger, single-patient rooms enhance family-centered care - a sleeping sofa and a chair in each room enable family members to remain at their child's bedside around the clock. Each room has its own bathroom.

Children who are well enough have access to an activity room with music, art and play therapy provided by the hospital's Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department. The program helps relieve the stress and anxiety of hospitalization.

The Pediatric Heart Center is part of the National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative, a group of 58 medical institutions that collaborates on quality improvement tools and methods to improve the health outcomes of care for children with cardiovascular disease and enhance communication between clinicians and parents. More information about the NPCQI's programs and outcomes is available from their website.



Pediatric Heart Center | UC Davis Children's Hospital
  • UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center

The UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center is inland Northern California's only full-service pediatric heart center, offering the latest tests and treatments for a range of congenital heart conditions. Our integrated multidisciplinary team of surgeons, specialists, physicians, nurses and researchers provide some of Northern California's most sophisticated specialty and surgical expertise in:

  • Pediatric cardiology
  • Pediatric cardiothoracic surgery
  • Cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology
  • Neonatal and pediatric intensive care
  • Pediatric critical care nursing
  • Fetal diagnosis of heart defects

Our pediatric heart specialists treat patients both in Sacramento and throughout Northern California at our outreach clinics, which allow children in outlying areas to receive a consultation and evaluation without having to travel to Sacramento.

To schedule an appointment at any of our clinic locations, please call 916-734-3456.

The Pediatric Heart Center sees patients in the Sacramento area at the Glassrock Building (see map) on the campus of the UC Davis Medical Center and at the UC Davis Medical Group clinics in Roseville and Auburn.

We also schedule and hold monthly outreach clinics in Redding, Chico, Stockton, and Marysville. To schedule an appointment at any of our clinics, please call 916-734-3456.

View all clinic locations with maps and directions »

Surgical intervention for infants diagnosed with congenital heart disease addresses a variety of defects, including:

Some conditions may be treated using catheters - thin, flexible, narrow tubes threaded through blood vessels to the heart - rather than traditional, invasive cardiothoracic surgery. Cardiac catheterization can be used to make repairs, like closing holes in the heart muscle or removing obstructions from the blood vessels, or to place stents in narrowed or blocked blood vessels to keep them open.

Pediatric cardiac electrophysiology uses radiofrequency catheter ablation to treat cardiac arrhythmias, disrupting areas of the heart that are the source of the electrical irregularities.

Patient story, cardiothoracic surgery

Gary Raff, pediatric heart surgeon talks about what we do at UC Davis in the cardiac operating room. Patient story of Elijah Rangel who underwent surgery for congenital heart disease.

Pediatric heart patients recover in UC Davis' state-of-the-art Pediatric Intensive Care Unit/Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PICU/PCICU). The unit has a 2-to-1 patient-to-nurse ratio, and critical care medicine physicians are on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Larger, single-patient rooms enhance family-centered care - a sleeping sofa and a chair in each room enable family members to remain at their child's bedside around the clock. Each room has its own bathroom.

Children who are well enough have access to an activity room with music, art and play therapy provided by the hospital's Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department. The program helps relieve the stress and anxiety of hospitalization.

The Pediatric Heart Center is part of the National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative, a group of 58 medical institutions that collaborates on quality improvement tools and methods to improve the health outcomes of care for children with cardiovascular disease and enhance communication between clinicians and parents. More information about the NPCQI's programs and outcomes is available from their website.



Pediatric Heart Center | UC Davis Children's Hospital
  • UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center

The UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center is inland Northern California's only full-service pediatric heart center, offering the latest tests and treatments for a range of congenital heart conditions. Our integrated multidisciplinary team of surgeons, specialists, physicians, nurses and researchers provide some of Northern California's most sophisticated specialty and surgical expertise in:

  • Pediatric cardiology
  • Pediatric cardiothoracic surgery
  • Cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology
  • Neonatal and pediatric intensive care
  • Pediatric critical care nursing
  • Fetal diagnosis of heart defects

Our pediatric heart specialists treat patients both in Sacramento and throughout Northern California at our outreach clinics, which allow children in outlying areas to receive a consultation and evaluation without having to travel to Sacramento.

To schedule an appointment at any of our clinic locations, please call 916-734-3456.

The Pediatric Heart Center sees patients in the Sacramento area at the Glassrock Building (see map) on the campus of the UC Davis Medical Center and at the UC Davis Medical Group clinics in Roseville and Auburn.

We also schedule and hold monthly outreach clinics in Redding, Chico, Stockton, and Marysville. To schedule an appointment at any of our clinics, please call 916-734-3456.

View all clinic locations with maps and directions »

Surgical intervention for infants diagnosed with congenital heart disease addresses a variety of defects, including:

Some conditions may be treated using catheters - thin, flexible, narrow tubes threaded through blood vessels to the heart - rather than traditional, invasive cardiothoracic surgery. Cardiac catheterization can be used to make repairs, like closing holes in the heart muscle or removing obstructions from the blood vessels, or to place stents in narrowed or blocked blood vessels to keep them open.

Pediatric cardiac electrophysiology uses radiofrequency catheter ablation to treat cardiac arrhythmias, disrupting areas of the heart that are the source of the electrical irregularities.

Patient story, cardiothoracic surgery

Gary Raff, pediatric heart surgeon talks about what we do at UC Davis in the cardiac operating room. Patient story of Elijah Rangel who underwent surgery for congenital heart disease.

Pediatric heart patients recover in UC Davis' state-of-the-art Pediatric Intensive Care Unit/Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PICU/PCICU). The unit has a 2-to-1 patient-to-nurse ratio, and critical care medicine physicians are on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Larger, single-patient rooms enhance family-centered care - a sleeping sofa and a chair in each room enable family members to remain at their child's bedside around the clock. Each room has its own bathroom.

Children who are well enough have access to an activity room with music, art and play therapy provided by the hospital's Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department. The program helps relieve the stress and anxiety of hospitalization.

The Pediatric Heart Center is part of the National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative, a group of 58 medical institutions that collaborates on quality improvement tools and methods to improve the health outcomes of care for children with cardiovascular disease and enhance communication between clinicians and parents. More information about the NPCQI's programs and outcomes is available from their website.



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Project ADAM Sacramento hosted Oak Park Has Heart

May 25, 2016

Project ADAM Sacramento, a UC Davis Children’s Hospital program, hosted a free community health fair and CPR/AED training event on May 20 at Sacramento Charter High School.

UC Davis Children's Hospital receives State Partnership Regionalization of Care (SPROC) grant award

May 24, 2016

UC Davis Children’s Hospital was once again named a recipient of the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program’s grant award, State Partnership Regionalization of Care (SPROC).

2015 Eli Gold Prize awardee delivers Pediatric Grand Rounds lecture

May 24, 2016

Jennifer Plant, assistant clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics, was honored for her 2015 Eli Gold Prize and presented a lecture at the Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds last Friday.

Discounted tickets to June 18th Sacramento Republic FC game

May 9, 2016

Faculty, staff and students can enjoy discounted tickets to the Sacramento Republic FC vs. Rio Grande Valley FC Toros game on June 18th, as part of a UC Davis group night. This evening will celebrate the partnership between UC Davis Children's Hospital and Sacramento Republic FC.

General surgery resident receives Fulbright grant

May 6, 2016

Laura Goodman, a general surgery resident at UC Davis, has received a 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to study the surgical needs of children in Mongolia. This will be Goodman’s second time living and working in Mongolia. It was there that she first decided to become a doctor while volunteering as an English teacher through the Peace Corps.

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Shaikh invited to serve on American Academy of Pediatrics quality improvement steering committee

April 28, 2016

Ulfat Shaikh, professor of pediatrics and director of healthcare quality at UC Davis School of Medicine, accepted the invitation to serve on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Quality Improvement Innovation Networks (QuIIN) Steering Committee. 

Thirty-two graduate from the newly launched Training Program in Health System Improvement

April 27, 2016

Thirty-two students, trainees, clinicians and staff recently graduated from the UC Davis Health System Training Program in Health System Improvement last month. The program is designed to develop and support change agents at the frontlines of our health care system, focusing on key concepts in implementing, evaluating and sustaining quality improvement (QI) initiatives.

Miss California visits UC Davis Children's Hospital patients

April 25, 2016

Miss California Bree Morse was a welcome sight, when she strolled into the pediatric playroom at UC Davis Children's Hospital last week. With a dazzling smile to rival her crown, Morse lit up the room, as she talked and played with children and signed autographs.

Whites receive more state funding for autism services than other racial/ethnic groups

April 4, 2016

Whites with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in California receive more state funding than Hispanics, African Americans, Asians and others, new research from UC Davis Health System has found. The study also showed that spending on ASD increases dramatically with age. [en español]

UC Davis Children's Hospital kicks off Credit Union Run SACTOWN with hospital race

April 1, 2016

Children and families at UC Davis Children’s Hospital had a chance to take a break from their daily routines and race around the pediatrics unit today, thanks in part to this year’s Credit Union Run SACTOWN partners. UC Davis Children's Hospital is a proud race sponsor and the chief beneficiary of the Credit Union Run SACTOWN and the Sacramento Running Association. 

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Travis Credit Union funds UC Davis Children's Hospital's diabetes incentive program

March 29, 2016

Monitoring blood glucose levels and giving multiple insulin injections every day are the keys to successfully managing diabetes, but it can be particularly challenging for young people. Thanks to the diabetes incentive program at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, pediatric patients are testing their blood sugar levels and dosing insulin as prescribed by their doctors, and being rewarded.

Lavjay Butani named a 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award recipient

March 22, 2016

Lavjay Butani, professor and chief of pediatric nephrology at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, is a recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award for Graduate and Professional Teaching.

Underwood receives Dean's Excellence in Mentoring Award

March 17, 2016

Mark Underwood, associate professor and the chief of pediatric neonatology at UC Davis Children's Hospital, is the recipient of the 2015 Dean’s Excellence in Mentoring Award in the area of Clinical Care. 

Rite Aid to kick off annual Miracle Balloon campaign to support UC Davis Children's Hospital

March 11, 2016

Rite Aid is kicking off its annual Miracle Balloon campaign by asking customers to support UC Davis Children’s Hospital. From March 13 to April 30, customers can purchase $1 paper Miracle Balloons and receive coupon offers for a variety of products sold at Rite Aid. 

UC Davis Children's Hospital celebrates Dr. Seuss' birthday and Read Across America Day

March 9, 2016

UC Davis Children’s hospital pediatric patients celebrated Dr. Seuss’ 112th birthday with green eggs and ham, Dr. Seuss stories, birthday cake and a special appearance by The Cat in the Hat.

IHOP free pancake day benefits Children's Miracle Network at UC Davis

March 3, 2016

IHOP® guests are invited to enjoy a free short stack of pancakes during National Pancake Day on Tuesday, March 8 and help raise funds for member Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, including UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

3-D heart model assists UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center surgeons

March 3, 2016

When UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center surgeons faced a complex patient case in January, they consulted with cardiologists, pediatric intensive care unit physicians, radiologists, and, for the first time, biomedical engineers, who brought a new technology into the picture: three-dimensional printers. This new technology  successfully created a model of a patient’s complex heart anatomy.

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Rare identical twins, sharing an amniotic sac, are born on Leap Year at UC Davis Medical Center

February 29, 2016

Josefina and Greg Walker, of Stockton, received a special Leap Year gift today – the birth of their identical, monoamniotic twin daughters, Isabella and Sofia, who were delivered this morning at UC Davis Medical Center at 32 weeks gestation. 

UC Davis MIND Institute seeks teens, young adults for imaging study of how brain transitions to adulthood

February 26, 2016

Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute are seeking teens and young adults ages 12-22 to participate in an innovative brain imaging study aimed at understanding how the brain functions and behaviors emerge during a critical yet understudied period of development:  the transition from adolescence to adulthood.  

"Red Carpet Black Tie Ball" to benefit UC Davis Children's Hospital with Oscar viewing party

February 25, 2016

Gilmore Heating and Air will host a “Red Carpet Black Tie Ball” Oscar viewing party on Sunday, Feb. 28. 

Two UC Davis pediatric oncology patients meet princesses at Disney on Ice

February 24, 2016

Two UC Davis Children’s Hospital and UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center patients had the chance to forget about cancer treatments for an evening and meet Princess Anna and Princess Elsa from Frozen at recent Disney On Ice performances. 

New VECTA machine at UC Davis Children's Hospital

February 23, 2016

Patients often have routine procedures done while they are admitted in the hospital, including blood draws, IV placement or drain removal. 

CMN "Sunday FUNDay" event and Friendship Invitational golf tournament are set for April 17 and 18

February 17, 2016

Golfers can play “fore” the kids at this year's 10th annual Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Friendship Invitational on Monday, April 18 at Granite Bay Golf Club.

Wild Bill's 15th annual tattoo-a-thon benefits UC Davis Children's Hospital

February 16, 2016

Wild Bill’s 15th annual tattoo-a-thon will take place this Saturday, Feb. 20, from 8 a.m. to midnight.

Patient celebrates her sixth birthday with Fairfield firefighters who saved her life

February 11, 2016

UC Davis Children’s Hospital patient Vestia Demarco celebrated her sixth birthday yesterday, with a visit from the Fairfield firefighters, who saved her life when she was injured by a hit-and-run driver earlier this month.

Build-A-Bear brings joy to pediatric patients

February 10, 2016

UC Davis Children’s Hospital patients received a new fluffy friend, when Build-A-Bear Workshop hosted their annual event in the pediatric playroom this month.

Phi Delta Epsilon's Benefit Ball raises money for UC Davis Children's Hospital

February 10, 2016

Phi Delta Epsilon, the professional, co-ed, pre-medical fraternity based at UC Davis, will be hosting their 5th annual benefit ball to raise money for UC Davis Children's Hospital. The event will be held Saturday, Feb. 27 from 7-10 p.m. at the ARC Ballroom on Davis campus.

UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series features renowned neuroscientist Karl Deisseroth

February 8, 2016

Neuroscientist Karl Deisseroth, the D.H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, will discuss “Illuminating the Brain in Health and Disease” during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 4:30 p.m.

Spirit Halloween Superstores donates $60,230 to UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department

February 4, 2016

UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department will continue to train individuals to become certified child life specialists at UC Davis Children's Hospital, thanks to a generous donation by Spirit Halloween Superstores.

UC Davis Children's Hospital launches 10 Books to Read partnership

February 3, 2016

UC Davis Children’s Hospital kicks off a new partnership this month with ABC10 and the Sacramento Public Library on a literacy initiative called 10 Books to Read.

Discounted tickets to February Sacramento Republic FC soccer games

February 2, 2016

UC Davis Health System employees and their friends and family can cheer on the Sacramento Republic FC and get discounted tickets to two pre-season games this month.

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Telemedicine in the ICU: It can be a cost-effective option

January 15, 2016

UC Davis investigators have found that telecommunication systems that provide remote monitoring and access to specialty care in intensive care units (ICUs) are cost-effective in most cases and can even be cost-saving in certain circumstances, making this intervention potentially economically favorable compared with other health-care services.

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Support Project ADAM Sacramento at Feb. 3 Sacramento Kings game

December 22, 2015

Health system employees and the public can support Project ADAM Sacramento and get a discount on tickets at the Sacramento Kings game on Wednesday, Feb. 3, a night dedicated to heart health awareness. 

Children's hospital patients decorate cookie, make crafts with the Frosting Queens

December 22, 2015

UC Davis Children's Hospital patients and their families enjoyed a holiday tradition this week – cookie decorating and crafts in the pediatric playroom, led by The Frosting Queens, two Sacramento sisters Angela and Annette Del Biaggio, who own a frosting business.

American Idol stars perform in the UC Davis Children's Hospital playroom

December 10, 2015

American Idol stars Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams made a surprise visit to the UC Davis Children’s Hospital playroom today to perform during regularly scheduled music group.

Project ADAM Sacramento joins 'CPR Saves Lives March'

December 9, 2015

Representatives from Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam’s Memory) at UC Davis Children's Hospital will join the estimated 1,000 people – including more than 50 cardiac arrest survivors – to march through the streets of downtown San Diego on Thursday, Dec. 10, from 11:25 a.m. to 1:25 p.m.

Mix Cares 4 Kids Radiothon set for Dec. 10-11

December 4, 2015

CBS Radio Mix96 and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals is partnering for their second annual "Mix Cares 4 Kids" radiothon at UC Davis Children's Hospital. Mix96, 96.1FM will broadcast live each day from 6-10 a.m. and 3-7 p.m. Dec. 10-11 from the Tower Lobby of the hospital.

Medical volunteers gear up for California International Marathon

December 3, 2015

More than 100 volunteers from across UC Davis Health System will provide medical support at the 33rd annual California International Marathon (CIM) on Sunday.

UC Davis Children's Hospital patients celebrate CIM early with Mini Marathon event

December 3, 2015

They came on foot, by toy car, by stroller and wheelchair. UC Davis Children’s Hospital patients were bustling with excitement at the starting line, eager to take part in today’s Mini Marathon, an event made possible by the UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department and the Sacramento Running Association, which hosts the California International Marathon (CIM) each year.

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UC Davis researchers find success in tele-audiology program

November 24, 2015

Researchers at UC Davis have shown that the California Tele-Audiology Program (CTP), which provides follow-up diagnostic evaluations for infants who did not pass their initial newborn hearing test, dramatically improves access to audiologists. [en español]

Pediatric patients celebrate the season in Fall Festival

November 19, 2015

Dozens of pediatric patients at UC Davis Children’s Hospital and UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center spent a lovely fall day, bobbing for apples, applying tattoos, decorating picture frames, spinning pinwheels and coloring at a special Fall Festival held on the pediatric unit.

Sam's Club in Sacramento celebrated as No. 1 CMN fundraiser

November 12, 2015

Sam’s Club on Power Inn Road last month celebrated being the No. 1 Sam’s Club store in the country for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising in 2015. 

Patients and staff at UC Davis Children's Hospital celebrate Halloween

November 12, 2015

UC Davis Children's Hospital’s annual Halloween celebration took place Saturday, Oct. 31 on the pediatrics unit. Patients and staff got into the Halloween spirit with costumes, games and trick-or-treating. The special event was made possible by the Davis 7 pediatric nurses and the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department.

UC Davis Children's Hospital marks second anniversary of PEANUT Program

November 12, 2015

UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Emergency Assistance to Newborns Using Telehealth (PEANUT) program marks its second anniversary this month. The program provides clinicians at rural hospitals round-the-clock access to neonatologists and other subspecialists through the use of UC Davis’ award-winning secure videoconferencing capabilities.

New technology will help define the environmental triggers of childhood asthma

November 4, 2015

UC Davis researchers have received a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a small, wearable sensor that can measure the relationship between environmental exposures and pediatric asthma.

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Extra Life gaming marathon helps UC Davis Children's Hospital kids on Nov. 7

October 28, 2015

Supporters of all ages are using their joy of gaming to raise funds and awareness this month for UC Davis Children’s Hospital, a member of Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals.

UC Davis pediatric nurse manager launches Sacramento chapter of Society of Pediatric Nurses

October 27, 2015

UC Davis pediatric nurse manager Angie Marin has launched the Sacramento chapter of the Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN) this year.

UC Davis Children's Hospital patients celebrate spirit of Halloween

October 20, 2015

UC Davis Children’s Hospital celebrated with a Halloween party, hosted by Spirit Halloween, last week  which transformed patients into little pirates, princesses, ninjas and superheroes.

UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center receives echocardiography accreditation

October 19, 2015

The UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center has been accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in echocardiology in the areas of pediatric transesophageal, pediatric transthoracic and fetal.

Prevent concussions in kids and adults

October 13, 2015

It is estimated that sports and recreational activities cause 1.6 to 3.8 million concussions in the U.S. each year. Concussions were previously underreported, as people didn’t fully understand all the symptoms that can indicate the presence of a concussion.

UC Davis study finds antibiotic stewardship reduces C. diff in hospitalized children

October 9, 2015

Hospitalized children were three times less likely to become sick with Clostridium difficile (C. diff), a serious bacterial infection that can occur after prolonged antibiotic use, following implementation of an antibiotic stewardship program, a new UC Davis study found. These programs reduce the misuse of antibiotics and therefore C. diff, and also result in antibiotic cost savings, according to research being presented at IDWeek 2015™.

UC Davis granted $15.5 million to build world's first total-body PET scanner

October 6, 2015

A UC Davis research team has been awarded $15.5 million to build the world’s first total-body positron emission tomography (PET) scanner, which could fundamentally change the way cancers are tracked and treated and put the university on the nation’s leading edge of molecular imaging.

Spirit Halloween Superstores gives back to UC Davis Children's Hospital

October 1, 2015

Spirit Halloween Superstores won't have tricks, but they will be giving plenty of treats to UC Davis Children's Hospital this Halloween season.

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Stomp Out Kids Cancer donates to UC Davis Children's Hospital pediatric patients

September 24, 2015

Thanks to Les Mahler from Stomp Out Kids Cancer, UC Davis Children’s Hospital pediatric patients had the opportunity to attend an Oakland A’s baseball game this summer. The tickets were provided at no cost to patients.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus visits UC Davis Children's Hospital

September 18, 2015

UC Davis Children’s Hospital patients had a special visit from the Big Top yesterday when Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performers came to unveil a new permanent circus mural and bring smiles to children and families.

UC Davis Children's Hospital joins Society of Critical Care Medicine's ICU Liberation Collaborative

September 15, 2015

The UC Davis Children’s Hospital was recently accepted as one of eight pediatric centers in the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s ICU Liberation Collaborative.

UC Davis patients, nurses star in new pediatric cancer video series

September 9, 2015

Children undergoing cancer treatment at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center take center stage in a series of specially created videos aimed at helping families cope with a new diagnosis, through their treatment journey and into survivorship.

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UC Davis Children's Hospital reaches $20,000 goal in Sacramento Republic FC ticket promotion

August 31, 2015

UC Davis Children's Hospital reached its goal this month, raising $20,000 through a Sacramento Republic FC ticket promotion.

High temperatures pose danger to kids, pets left in cars

August 25, 2015

With triple digit temperatures still in the Sacramento weather forecast, it’s important to remember that it is never safe for a child to be left alone in a car – even if the windows are rolled down.

Summer Concert brings music, family fun to health system campus

August 18, 2015

Staff, faculty, students and neighbors enjoyed live music, food and fun at last week’s free summer concert, presented by UC Davis Children’s Hospital. The event was co-hosted by the UC Davis Health System Community Advisory Board and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® Telethon raises $274,958 for UC Davis Children's Hospital

August 18, 2015

Telethon viewers and partners raised $274,958 for UC Davis Children's Hospital, the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital in Sacramento.

Kohl's Cares supports UC Davis Children's Hospital's trauma prevention efforts

August 12, 2015

The UC Davis Injury and Trauma Prevention Program has received a grant for $202,309 from Kohl’s Cares® to support its child and adolescent injury prevention efforts in the Sacramento area. Kohl’s will formally present the donation at the UC Davis Children’s Hospital free summer concert on Thursday, Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. Since 2005, Kohl’s has donated more than $2.4 million to UC Davis Children’s Hospital to support its children’s health initiatives.

UC Davis cancer patient makes generous gift to ease children's hospital stay

August 7, 2015

In a check presentation Aug. 6 at the UC Davis Medical Center, Roy Chavez, a UC Davis brain cancer patient and Mule Creek State Prison correctional officer, made a generous gift to support programs and services for children staying at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

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UC Davis to partner with NEC Society to host first national conference on necrotizing enterocolitis

July 28, 2015

The UC Davis Department of Pediatrics and Division of Neonatology will partner with the NEC society in hosting the first national conference on necrotizing enterocolitis, set for spring of 2017.The event will bring together physicians, scientists, and parents from across North America with expertise in necrotizing enterocolitic (NEC) for the first time. 

UC Davis trauma center re-verified as level I by the American College of Surgeons

July 28, 2015

The trauma center at UC Davis has been re-verified as level 1 by the American College of Surgeons, making it one of only three trauma centers in California with level I verification in both pediatric and adult trauma care.

Community invited to UC Davis Children's Hospital's free summer concert

July 27, 2015

The young and the young at heart are invited to a free outdoor summer concert featuring music by the Bay Area band Lovefool, a special player appearance from the Sacramento Republic FC and a Kids’ Zone.

James Marcin is lead author on AAP's telemedicine policy statement about pediatric health care

July 16, 2015

In a new policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) makes recommendations on the use of telemedicine in children’s health care and how it will impact the pediatric workforce. UC Davis division chief of pediatric critical care medicine and head of the UC Davis pediatric telemedicine program was lead author of the report.

James Marcin appointed head of pediatric critical care medicine at UC Davis Children's Hospital

July 15, 2015

James Marcin, pediatric critical care physician and director of the pediatric telemedicine program, has been appointed division chief of pediatric critical care medicine.

Sam's Club in Sacramento is #1 CMN fundraiser

July 13, 2015

Sam's Club on Power Inn Road in Sacramento was named the #1 Sam's Club store for raising the most money for Children's Miracle Network in the country during its 2015 campaign. The store raised $42,847.75, with proceeds staying locally and benefitting UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

UC Davis study identifies tools, strategies for enhancing obesity prevention in rural communities

July 7, 2015

Researchers at UC Davis have reviewed a successful telemedicine intervention against pediatric obesity to better understand what worked (or didn’t) and how similar programs can be improved.

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UC Davis study guides efforts to find new strategies, solutions to fight pediatric asthma

June 26, 2015

Low flu vaccination rates, medication compliance and limited access to primary care providers have contributed to poor outcomes for pediatric asthma in California, say UC Davis pediatricians Ulfat Shaikh and Robert Byrd, who have published an extensive study describing the challenges faced by children with asthma in California. [en español]

Erik Fernandez y Garcia appointed commissioner of new maternal mental health task force

June 24, 2015

Erik Fernandez y Garcia, associate professor of clinical pediatrics at UC Davis Children's Hospital, has been appointed a commissioner on the California Task Force on the Status of Maternal Mental Health Care. The formation of this group was announced at a press conference today, presented by 2020 Mom (formerly the California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative) and the Central Valley Health Policy Institute at Fresno State.  

UC Davis Children's Hospital collects donations at June 20 Sacramento Republic FC game

June 15, 2015

UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department will be collecting art supplies and toy donations at the June 20 Sacramento Republic FC game at Hughes Stadium.

UC Davis Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology welcomes new chief

June 15, 2015

Marcio H. Malogolowkin, an international leader in the treatment of rare pediatric liver tumors, has joined UC Davis as the new chief of the UC Davis Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology.

UC Davis Children's Hospital listed in the nation's Best Children's Hospital rankings

June 9, 2015

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the nation’s top hospitals in five pediatric subspecialties. Together with Shriners Hospital for Children – Northern California, its longstanding partner in caring for children with burns, spinal cord injuries, urological issues and orthopaedic disorders, UC Davis Children's Hospital ranked 29th in orthopaedics and 20th in urology. UC Davis also ranked 17th in neonatology, 33rd in diabetes and endocrinology and 45th in neurology and neurosurgery. 

Pediatric Heart Center | UC Davis Children's Hospital
  • UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center

The UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center is inland Northern California's only full-service pediatric heart center, offering the latest tests and treatments for a range of congenital heart conditions. Our integrated multidisciplinary team of surgeons, specialists, physicians, nurses and researchers provide some of Northern California's most sophisticated specialty and surgical expertise in:

  • Pediatric cardiology
  • Pediatric cardiothoracic surgery
  • Cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology
  • Neonatal and pediatric intensive care
  • Pediatric critical care nursing
  • Fetal diagnosis of heart defects

Our pediatric heart specialists treat patients both in Sacramento and throughout Northern California at our outreach clinics, which allow children in outlying areas to receive a consultation and evaluation without having to travel to Sacramento.

To schedule an appointment at any of our clinic locations, please call 916-734-3456.

The Pediatric Heart Center sees patients in the Sacramento area at the Glassrock Building (see map) on the campus of the UC Davis Medical Center and at the UC Davis Medical Group clinics in Roseville and Auburn.

We also schedule and hold monthly outreach clinics in Redding, Chico, Stockton, and Marysville. To schedule an appointment at any of our clinics, please call 916-734-3456.

View all clinic locations with maps and directions »

Surgical intervention for infants diagnosed with congenital heart disease addresses a variety of defects, including:

Some conditions may be treated using catheters - thin, flexible, narrow tubes threaded through blood vessels to the heart - rather than traditional, invasive cardiothoracic surgery. Cardiac catheterization can be used to make repairs, like closing holes in the heart muscle or removing obstructions from the blood vessels, or to place stents in narrowed or blocked blood vessels to keep them open.

Pediatric cardiac electrophysiology uses radiofrequency catheter ablation to treat cardiac arrhythmias, disrupting areas of the heart that are the source of the electrical irregularities.

Patient story, cardiothoracic surgery

Gary Raff, pediatric heart surgeon talks about what we do at UC Davis in the cardiac operating room. Patient story of Elijah Rangel who underwent surgery for congenital heart disease.

Pediatric heart patients recover in UC Davis' state-of-the-art Pediatric Intensive Care Unit/Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PICU/PCICU). The unit has a 2-to-1 patient-to-nurse ratio, and critical care medicine physicians are on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Larger, single-patient rooms enhance family-centered care - a sleeping sofa and a chair in each room enable family members to remain at their child's bedside around the clock. Each room has its own bathroom.

Children who are well enough have access to an activity room with music, art and play therapy provided by the hospital's Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department. The program helps relieve the stress and anxiety of hospitalization.

The Pediatric Heart Center is part of the National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative, a group of 58 medical institutions that collaborates on quality improvement tools and methods to improve the health outcomes of care for children with cardiovascular disease and enhance communication between clinicians and parents. More information about the NPCQI's programs and outcomes is available from their website.