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| M I D D L E E A S T H E A L T H
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Heart Institute
The Heart Institute is one of the most active
and innovative centers for the care of chil-
dren who are born with or who acquire heart
problems. Achievements include:
One of only two high-volume pediatric
cardiovascular programs in the United
States with a surgical mortality rate of less
than 1 percent, according to data for 2008-
2009 compiled by the Society for Thoracic
One of the most experienced centers in
the use of the Ventricular Assist Device
(VAD), a mechanical heart pump that offers
lifesaving support to keep patients alive until
heart transplantation or recovery occurs.
First in pediatric transplantation
Children’s Hospital established the world’s
first and largest pediatric transplantation
center in 1981 under renowned transplant
pioneer Thomas E. Starzl, MD, PhD. The
Transplantation has:
performed more transplants in children
than any other facility
patient survival rates that are among
the world’s best
Transplant specialties include liver, intes-
tine, kidney, heart, lung, and blood and
bone marrow. Children’s is also recognized
as a leader in transplant-related research and
is dedicated to helping patients live longer,
healthier lives through scientific study.
World-class ophthalmology Care
Ophthalmology, Strabismus, and Adult
Motility is led by one of the world’s fore-
most pediatric eye specialists, Ken K.
Nischal, MD, FRCOphth. As part of the
UPMC Eye Center, it combines best prac-
tices and interdisciplinary collaboration to
deliver exceptional care for visually
impaired patients – from infants to adults.
Groundbreaking research
Children’s Hospital’s has a rich heritage in
pediatric research and today is recognized
as one of the fastest growing National
Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded pedi-
atric research programs in the U.S.
Experts in telemedicine
Children’s Hospital is a leading center for
the use of telemedicine services to bring
pediatric specialists to hospitals worldwide
through high-definition teleconferencing
and store-and-forward e-mail consultation.
Children’s offers remote physician-to-
physician consultation of critical care units
to hospitals around the world in need of
pediatric intensivists. Video consultations
are provided through rounding and care
management requests. Children’s provides
telemedicine consultative services with
pediatric cardiac critical care units in
various cities in Colombia and post-opera-
tive management of pediatric liver trans-
plant patients in Palermo, Italy.
International services
Children’s International Services team is
available to assist physicians, parents, health
ministries, and embassies around the world
who are seeking leading-edge clinical serv-
ices, consultation, education and training,
and more. International liaisons are fluent
in multiple languages including Arabic, to
ensure proficient communication.
Its Passport Care program helps patients and
families feel at home until they return home,
providing a wide range of concierge services
such as assistance with housing, transportation,
administration, translation, financial coun-
selling and religious and cultural matters.
To learn more about Children’s
Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, visit:
or contact our International
Services team at: +1-412-692-3000
or by email:
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of
UPMC has helped define excellence in
pediatric medical care and research.
Children’s Hospital is one of only 12
pediatric hospitals in the United States
named to the Honor Roll of America’s
“Best Children’s Hospitals” for 2012-13 by
U.S. News & World Report
. Also,
Children’s has been recognized by KLAS,
an independent research group, as the
number one pediatric hospital in its use of
health care information technology.
Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
Children’s opened its new, innovative
campus in 2009. The 296 bed hospital was
designed with children and families in mind
with private patient rooms and many home-
like amenities. Additionally, it’s one of the
most technologically advanced facilities in
the U.S. for pediatric medicine.
Clinical services that set Children’s
apart, include innovations in the neuro-
sciences, cardiac care, transplantation, and
Brain Care Institute
At the Brain Care Institute (BCI), inno-
vative medical and surgical treatment
options are available to help patients
afflicted with neurological disorders.
The BCI brings together a number of
– including
neurology, neurosurgery, neuro-critical
care, and neuro-oncology – a unique
combination of international specialists
all dedicated to the care of children with
injuries or conditions related to the
brain and spinal cord.
Advancing pediatric medicine with
innovation and family centered care