Heart Center

Akron Children's Heart Center provides specialized services for children, teens and adults with heart problems, such as congenital heart disease, irregular heartbeats, and high cholesterol. Our cardiologists are specially trained to diagnose and treat these problems as children grow into adults. Read More...

Smith Grace
Grace Smith, MD, FACC
Director, Heart Center Mahoning Valley; Associate Director, Pediatric Arrhythmia Center Co-Director, Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Clinic

Bockoven J.R.
J.R. Bockoven, MD
Associate Clinical Director, Heart Center Cleveland; Director of Outreach Education, Cardiology

Clark John
John Clark, MD
Director, Pediatric Arrhythmia Center

Jacobstein Mark

Khan Wasim
Wasim Khan, MD
Director, Advanced Cardiac Imaging

Lane John
John Lane, MD
Director, Pediatric Cardiology and Adult Congenital Heart Service

Patel Chandrakant R.
Chandrakant R. Patel, MD
Director, Maternal-Fetal Cardiology

Saini Ashish
Ashish Saini, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist

Smith Brandon
Brandon Smith, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist

Spector Michael
Michael Spector, MD
Associate Division Director, Cardiovascular Surgery

Stephen Manu
Stephen Manu, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist

Taub Ira
Ira Taub, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist

Tracy Christine

Vande Kappelle, Jr R. Peter
R. Peter Vande Kappelle, Jr, MD
Pediatric Cardiologist

Waight David
David Waight, MD
Director, Interventional Cardiology

Handwork Colleen
Colleen Handwork, CPNP
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Padrutt Greg
Greg Padrutt, PA-C, MPAS
Physician Assistant

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Kathryn Wheller, CPNP, AC/PC
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Breedlove Kristen
Kristen Breedlove, PA-C, MPAS
Physician Assistant, Cardiac Procedures Manager

Did You Know?

Did You Know?
  • 8 out of 1,000 newborns in the United States have a congenital heart defect.
  • Akron Children's Heart Center cares for more than 10,000 patients each year, providing a range of services from advanced diagnostic procedures to complex heart surgeries.
  • Akron Children's Heart Center's catheterization equipment is specially designed for pediatric patients to reduce the radiation delivered during procedures.


Meet Our Patients



One of the hallmarks of Akron Children's Heart Center is hybrid care, which blends surgical and catheterization approaches to treat heart defects.

With hybrid care, heart surgeons work with interventional cardiologists to repair certain types of heart defects in small babies, who otherwise would have to wait until they're big enough to undergo open heart surgery.

Our goal is to eliminate the need to stop the heart during surgery, as well as reduce the need for multiple heart surgeries. 

In recognition of our commitment to quality testing for the diagnosis of heart disease, we have been accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories in the areas of pediatric and fetal echocardiography.

Although congenital heart defects cannot be prevented, most of them can be treated medically or surgically.

Physician assistants with  training and experience in cardiac medicine coordinate all care before, during and after a heart catheterization procedure or surgery.

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Akron Children's Hospital
Heart Center
Considine Professional Building
215 W. Bowery St., Suite 5200
Akron , OH 44308
Phone: 330-543-8521
Alt. Phone: 1-866-230-3463 (toll free)
Fax: 330-543-3850
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Akron Children's at Beachwood
Heart Center Cleveland
Commerce Park Five
23250 Chagrin Blvd., Suite 325
Beachwood , OH 44122
Phone: 216-896-0351
Fax: 216-896-0400
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Akron Children's Hospital
Heart Center
Boardman Medical Pavilion
8423 Market St., 3rd Floor
Boardman , OH 44512
Phone: 330-543-8251
Alt. Phone: 1-866-230-3463
Fax: 330-629-7620
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Heart Center
6100 Whipple Ave. NW
Canton , OH 44720
Phone: 330-543-8521
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Specialty Care
371 Cline Ave.
Mansfield , OH 44907
Phone: 419-521-2900
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Akron Children's at Metro
MetroHealth Medical Center
2500 MetroHealth Drive
Cleveland , OH 44109
Phone: 216-778-2222
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Akron Children's at TriPoint
TriPoint Medical Center
The Physician Pavilion
7590 Auburn Road, Suite 214
Concord , OH 44077
Appointments: 216-896-0351
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Akron Children's at Metro
Heart Center
MetroHealth Medical Center
7800 Pearl Road
Middleburg Heights , OH 44130
Phone: 216-957-0700
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Akron Children's at Fisher-Titus
Fisher-Titus Medical Center
282 Benedict Ave.
Norwalk , OH 44857
Phone: 800-262-0333, ext. 38521
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Sharon Regional Health System
740 E. State St.
Sharon , PA 16146
Phone: 330-543-8521
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The Market Place
5000 E. Market St.
Suite 29
Warren , OH 44484
Phone: 330-856-8000
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Wooster Community Hospital
Heart Center
Subspecialty Care Building
546 Winter St.
Wooster , OH 44691
Phone: 330-543-8521
Appointments: 330-543-8521
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