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Heart Institute at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Congenital Heart Disease EducationThe Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC offers news and information for health care professionals. Check back for regular updates.

Make a Referral

Make a Referral to Children's Heart InstituteThe 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, 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