Guerin Family Congenital Heart Program

Congenital heart disease, one of the most common birth defects, can affect the interior walls of the heart, heart valves, and the veins and arteries that carry blood to and from the heart. The defects, found in about eight of every 1,000 newborns, range from minor problems that are easily fixed to complex and life-threatening conditions requiring lifetime care.

From the moment of diagnosis, patients in the Vera and Paul Guerin Family Congenital Heart Program receive the most sophisticated treatment available, including advances in nonsurgical techniques. Cedars-Sinai’s surgeons have pioneered a hybrid procedure that combines surgery and cardiac catheterization, reducing the need for open-heart procedures. Cedars-Sinai also leads the way with an intensive care unit dedicated solely to congenital heart patients.

At Cedars-Sinai, a specialized team of surgeons, nurses and technicians works to provide excellent and innovative care. Unlike traditional congenital heart programs that treat either children or adults, our program treats patients from birth, through adolescence, and for the entire course of their adult lives.

Mike Peck

Mike Peck runs marathons, earned a black belt, and competes in triathlons. Born with a heart defect, he's also had five surgeries.

To Mend the Smallest Hearts

Cardiologists at Cedars-Sinai have modified a tried-and-true surgical procedure to successfully treat the most common heart problem among extremely premature babies.

Program Director

Evan M. Zahn, MD

"Many of my patients weren't expected to live beyond childhood, but advances in treating congenital conditions now mean that many will enjoy a healthy adulthood."