Center for Valve Therapy

Mother and daughter share special bond

"Mother and daughter share special bond"

Katharine Babst and her mother Amanda were both diagnosed with heart defects as young children. When Katharine's parents moved to Pittsburgh, they knew she would be in the best hands at Children's Hospital.

Read their story »

Welcome to the Center for Valve Therapy at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, part of Children’s Hospital’s world-renowned Heart Institute.

The Center for Valve Therapy is a team of doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals dedicated to providing world-class care for children and adults who have congenital defects of the heart valves.

Heart Valve Replacement Therapy

Heart valves are like one-way gates: They open and close, enabling blood to move within the heart as well as in and out of it. Healthy heart valves open to allow the right amount of blood to pass through and then close tightly so no blood can leak backward.

When a child has heart valve problems or needs heart valve replacement surgery, we are here to help. Our experienced physicians and surgeons –– among the best in the world –– are experts at repairing heart valve defects. We offer the most advanced care that can be found anywhere.

Our surgical director, José Pedro da Silva, MD, is an internationally distinguished expert in heart valve surgery who developed the cone procedure, a technique to repair defective heart valves that is now the worldwide standard of care. He heads a team at the cutting edge of care for both children and adults with congenital heart valve defects. We are honored to have Dr. da Silva leading our surgical team.

Read Dr. da Silva’s bio.

Read more about the cone procedure.

To schedule an appointment with any of the physicians in the Heart Institute, please call 412-692-5540.



  • Center for Valve Therapy

    UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
    4401 Penn Avenue
    Floor 3
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224