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LIFT Clinic - Lifelong Interventions Focused on Thriving

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The Single Ventricle Program, also known as the Cardiac LIFT (Lifelong Interventions Focused on Thriving) Clinic, provides multi-disciplinary care for single ventricle patients, encompassing all aspects of their growth and development from prenatal diagnosis to early adulthood.

In addition to care provided by Akron Children’s cardiologists, patients will also receive comprehensive care from:

  • A developmental pediatrician and/or pediatric neuropsychologist who will evaluate for developmental, cognitive or behavioral issues.
  • Speech and nutrition experts who will manage patient growth, oral feeding skills, tube feeds, screen for speech delay, and help older children learn healthy eating habits for long-term heart health.
  • An adult congenital nurse to educate adolescents and young adults, and their families, on a broad range of health care topics, including the transition process from pediatric to adult congenital care.
  • A social worker who will meet with each family to offer support and assist with access to community resources.

Care through the Cardiac LIFT Clinic is fully virtual, allowing patients to be seen from the comfort of their own home.

Our Doctors/Providers


Jessica Bivens, DO, MA

Pediatric Cardiologist


Brandon Jones, DO

Pediatric Cardiologist

Accepting New Patients


Ashish Saini, MD, FACC

Pediatric & Adult Congenital Cardiologist


Brandon Smith, MD

Pediatric Cardiologist


Kristen Stefanski, MD

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician

Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Kathyrn Wheller, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner


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