Stead Family Department of Pediatrics- Cardiology

  • About the Division

    The Division of Cardiology at the University of Iowa Department of Pediatrics provides compassionate, family-centered, and state-of-the-art delivery of care to children and young adults with congenital and acquired heart disease. Patients are followed through the transition to adulthood.U.S. World News and Report ranked us in the top 30 for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery for 2012-2013.

    Dedicated staff have expertise in acquired heart diseases such as cardiomyopathies, cardiac arrhythmias, blood lipid disorders, congenital heart disease, cardiac dysfunction in malignancy, and cardiac implications associated with pediatric obesity. The division provides the only expertise for electrophysiology, diagnostic, interventional and transplant services for children and youth in the state of Iowa. Skilled surgical support and exceptional critical care postoperative support has outcomes that have excellent results in national databases. The division has a multi-purpose diagnostic and interventional procedure lab which is constantly expanding and including state-of-the-art technologies.

    Because Iowa is a rural state, faculty and staff reach out to provide this expertise to referring physicians through outreach clinics, service contracts, and telemedicine. The division has long history of relationships with referring physicians and other healthcare providers throughout the Midwest that rely on our services. Staff members are involved with families and communities who participate in camps, walkathons, and varied community activities to support children with cardiac conditions and their families.

    Faculty engages in research including fetal and postnatal development of energy producing reactions in the heart; studies to determine the genetic basis of congenital heart disease. Faculty study arrhythmias as well as therapies for these conditions and evaluate the psychosocial outcomes of device therapy. Researchers explore non-invasive procedures and blood monitoring, and radiation free catheterizations.

    The division's outstanding fellowship program of over 30 years has proven success in the development of physician researchers who practice all over the country. These dedicated fellows and outstanding faculty who mentor them comprise one of the best pediatric cardiology divisions in the country.