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Heart Institute at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

The Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC offers a variety of ways to make a referral, depending on your needs. Whether you have an emergency referral or would simply like to discuss a case, we welcome your calls. We are happy to see all children with suspected heart disease, including newborns, at all of our Heart Institute locations.

Cardiac Specialists or Urgent Outpatient Referrals

  • For urgent calls related to immediate patient care, please call 412-692-5325 and ask for the cardiologist on call.
  • For non-urgent calls for patient care during regular business hours, or to speak with a specific cardiologist, please call 412-692-5540.

Emergency/Inpatient Transfers and Transports
For inpatient transfers or life-threatening situations and transports of children of all ages and conditions, including ECMO patients:

  • Call MedCall, our physician-to-physician resource for patient consultations and transfers, at 1-800-544-2500.
  • For ECMO transfers from an outside facility to Children’s Hospital, call 1-877-PEDS-HRT (733-7478).

Elective Outpatient Referrals
For non-urgent patient appointments directed to a cardiologist specializing in your patient’s condition, call the Heart Institute Appointment Desk directly at 412-692-5540.

Cardiothoracic Surgery Consultations
For appointments and consultations with our cardiothoracic surgeons, Victor Morell, MD or Peter Wearden, MD, PhD, call 412-692-5218.

Fetal (Prenatal) Heart Referrals and Consultations
For physician consultation or to refer a patient, contact the Perinatal Cardiology Program at 412-641-4107.

Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center Referrals and Consultations
To refer a patient or request a consultation with an adult congenital heart disease specialist, please contact Stephen Cook, MD, at 412-692-5540.

General Questions

Vivek Allada, MD
Interim Chief, Pediatric Cardiology
Co-Director, Heart Institute
Phone: 412-692-5411 
Victor Morell, MD
Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Co-Director, Heart Institute

Phone: 412-692-5218 
Last Update
August 23, 2014
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Last Update
August 23, 2014