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Pediatric Cardiology

The Division of Pediatric Cardiology at McMaster Children’s Hospital adopts a holistic approach to provide the highest quality of care for our patients.

Our division provides exceptional care for babies, children, and adolescents with congenital heart disease pre-and post-operatively, as well as services for children with acquired heart disease such as Kawasaki disease and cardiomyopathies.

We also provide a full range of diagnostic services (echocardiograms, electrocardiograms, exercise tests, Holters, and event monitoring) and evaluation for children with suspected heart conditions including murmurs, palpitations, chest pain, dizziness, and fainting.

The division is a growing interdisciplinary team comprised of academic pediatric cardiologists, nurses, echocardiogram technicians, and staff. As a group, we share an enthusiasm for collaboration and knowledge translation. We are committed to continually advance and refine our proficiency in clinical, educational, and research endeavours.

Staff Pediatric Cardiologists:

  • Dr. Lace de Almeida
  • Dr. Mondal
  • Dr. Ashkanase
  • Dr. Alvarez
  • Dr. Netto
  • Dr. Szabo

Care We Provide

  • Outpatient clinical service for children with heart problems
  • Assessment and treatment of children with cardiac problems
  • Consultations
  • Pediatric Echocardiography
  • Fetal Echocardiography
  • Pre and post assessment and treatment of cardiac surgery patients

Note: If your child has a communicable disease such as Chicken Pox or has been in contact with someone with Chicken Pox, please call the clinic before you come to the hospital.

What to Bring

  • Your child’s Health Card. The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care requires us to validate your health card at every clinic visit.
  • Any x-rays or letters from your doctor.
  • Any notes or questions that you may have.
  • List of current medications and allergies.

When you arrive, please check-in at the reception desk. The Business Clerk will register you in the electronic system so that your team will know that you have arrived.

Team Members

Our team consists of physicians, echo technologists, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Practitioner, and Registered Nurses.

Referral Process

The referral process is made through a direct referral from a pediatrician or family doctor to a specialist. Referrals can be faxed directly to clinic.

Pediatric Cardiology Consultation Referral

Pediatric Echocardiogram Requisition

Fetal Cardiology Consultation and Echocardiogram Referral

Note: The clinics are not for emergencies. If your child needs to be seen on an urgent basis, please contact your family doctor or go to your local emergency department.