Loyola University Health System is a national leader in cardiovascular medicine, including diagnosis and treatment of pediatric cardiovascular disease. Our pediatric cardiologists, nurses and technical staff are specially trained to care for infants, children and adolescents with cardiovascular disease. The Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic provides care to adolescents and adults of all ages who have grown up with congenital heart disease. We also work closely with obstetrical and maternal-fetal medicine specialists to organize optimal care for expectant mothers whose fetus may have a heart problem.

Sometimes newborns, infants and children need cardiac catheterization interventions, congenital heart surgery or highly specialized pediatric cardiac intensive care. Our pediatric cardiologists are on staff at the metro region’s largest and most experienced pediatric heart centers to help coordinate seamless transitions to and from the Loyola pediatric cardiology clinic.

Cardiovascular Services

General Pediatric Cardiology Clinic

Evaluation and management of infants and children with suspected or proven cardiovascular disease, including:

  • Common concerns such as heart murmurs, chest pain, fainting, palpitations, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels.
  • Structural and congenital heart disease.
  • Genetic diseases at risk for associated cardiovascular involvement (e.g., Marfan syndrome, Down syndrome, Turner syndrome, Williams syndrome, 22q deletion syndrome, and many others).

Pediatric Heart Rhythm Disorders Clinic

Advanced evaluation and management of abnormal heart rhythms or symptoms suspicious for arrhythmia, including:

  • Ambulatory ECG (Holter and patient-activated ECG event monitors).
  • Signal-averaged ECG.
  • External cardiac ambulatory telemetry.
  • Transesophageal and intracardiac electrophysiology testing.
  • Catheter-directed radiofrequency and cryothermic ablation for atrial and ventricular arrhythmias.
  • Pacemaker implantation and follow-up.
  • Genetic testing for hereditary arrhythmia syndromes (e.g., long QT syndrome, Brugada syndrome).

Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic

  • Outpatient care of adolescents and adults who have grown up with congenital heart disease.
  • Surgical consultation.

Fetal Cardiology Clinic

Multidisciplinary care of the expectant mother whose fetus may have a heart problem, including:

  • Fetal echocardiography to diagnose structural congenital heart disease and/or cardiac dysfunction in the fetus
  • Fetal arrhythmia evaluation and treatment
  • Assist in the diagnosis of hereditary cardiovascular disease


Joel Hardin, M.D.
T. Marsha Ma, M.D.
Sarah Perkins, M.D.
Michel Ilbawi, M.D.
Alexander Javois, M.D.
Dhaval Patel, M.D.
Ira Shetty, M.D.
Sujata Subramanian, M.D.
David J. Wilber, M.D.