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From diagnosis and medical management of common cardiac disorders to therapies for complex congenital heart conditions, we are committed to providing the most advanced medical and surgical care for infants, children and teens with all forms of congenital and acquired heart disease, as well as for adults with congenital heart disease.

We have one focus: kids.

When it comes to repairing the smallest hearts, we provide complete cardiac care for congenital heart disease - from prenatal diagnosis through the transition to adulthood. One of the hallmarks of our center is hybrid care, which blends surgical and catheterization approaches to treat heart defects.

With hybrid care, pediatric 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've 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.

Cardiac care close to home.

We provide pediatric cardiology services in convenient locations throughout northeast Ohio. 

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Heart Center
Akron Children's Hospital Specialty Care
Considine Professional Building
215 W. Bowery St.
Suite 5200
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-3850
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Our Doctors/Providers

J.R. Bockoven
J.R. Bockoven, MD

Associate Clinic Director; Director of Outreach Education, Cardiology; Pediatric Cardiologist

Kristen Breedlove
Kristen Breedlove, MPAS, PA-C

Manager, Cardiac Procedures; Physician Assistant

John Clark
John Clark, MD, FAAP

Director, Pediatric Arrhythmia Center; Pediatric Cardiologist

Colleen Handwork
Colleen Handwork, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Mark Jacobstein
Mark Jacobstein, MD

Pediatric Cardiologist

Wasim Khan
Wasim Khan, MD

Director, Advanced Cardiac Imaging; Pediatric Cardiologist

John Lane
John Lane, MD, FACC

Director, Pediatric Cardiology and Adult Congenital Heart Service; Pediatric Cardiologist; Sunrise Chair in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

Stephen Manu
Stephen Manu, MD

Pediatric Cardiologist

Greg Padrutt
Greg Padrutt, MPAS, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Rachael Passodelis
Rachael Weigand, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Chandrakant R. Patel
Chandrakant R. Patel, MD

Director, Maternal-Fetal Cardiology; Pediatric Cardiologist

Meagan Peek
Meagan Peek, MD

Pediatric Cardiologist

Ashish Saini
Ashish Saini, MD

Pediatric Cardiologist

Grace Smith
Grace Smith, MD, FACC

Director, Heart Center Mahoning Valley; Associate Director, Pediatric Arrhythmia Center; Co-Director, Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Clinic; Pediatric Cardiologist

Brandon Smith
Brandon Smith, MD

Pediatric Cardiologist

Michael Spector
Michael Spector, MD

Associate Division Director, Cardiovascular Surgery; Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgeon

Ira Taub
Ira Taub, MD

Pediatric Cardiologist

Christine Tracy
Christine Tracy, MD, FACC

Pediatric Cardiologist

Robert VandeKappelle, Jr
Robert VandeKappelle Jr, MD

Pediatric Cardiologist

David Waight
David Waight, MD

Director, Pediatric Interventional Cardiology; Pediatric Cardiologist

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Kathryn Wheller, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner