A commitment to research is one reason why the Herma Heart Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is one of the nation’s top programs for medical and surgical treatment of congenital heart defects and heart disease. In 2013, Parents magazine ranked the hospital No. 7 in the nation for pediatric heart care.

Well-designed science and ongoing innovation ensure that we will always be delivering the best and safest care to our patients. Our Herma Heart Center’s multidisciplinary research team, led by Director of Research D. Woodrow Benson, MD, PhD, studies everything from the genetic causes of congenital heart disease to surgical outcomes and long-term quality of life.

We are grateful for the patients and their families who volunteer to participate in critical clinical trials that help us better understand heart disease and discover new, more effective treatments. Every clinical trial is carefully reviewed by our Institutional Review Board to ensure that research is safe and ethical.

Recent research has included:

  • The impact of family factors on developmental and psychosocial outcomes in children with hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • An evaluation of routine developmental follow-up in infants and children with congenital heart disease
  • Quantitative detection of circulating donor-specific DNA in organ transplant recipients (DTRT- Multi-Center)
  • Berlin Heart EXCOR pediatric ventricular assist device trial
  • Use of echocardiogram vs. MRI to evaluate mitral and tricuspid regurgitation
  • Closure of muscular ventricular septal defects with the AMPLATZER Muscular VSD Occluder
  • Therapeutic hypothermia to improve survival after cardiac arrest in pediatric patients

Want to get involved?

Find a list of all the current studies at Children’s Research Institute or learn more about research at Children’s Hospital: