Texas Children’s Heart Center – No. 1 in the nation

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Our U.S. News & World Report rankings were released yesterday, and I’m proud to say that Texas Children’s again made an impressive showing in this annual survey. Eight of our pediatric subspecialities are ranked in the top 10, and the other two are very close and steadily climbing. Most exciting, however, is that we have again had another specialty rise to the very top spot – Texas Children’s is now ranked No. 1 in the nation in cardiology and heart surgery.

This is pretty amazing, and I’m thrilled to celebrate this tremendous accomplishment with the entire leadership team, staff and employees at Texas Children’s Heart Center. The Heart Center has held the No. 2 spot on the U.S .News list for the past two years and had consistently been ranked among the top pediatric heart programs since the pediatric subspecialty rankings began in 2008. This year, the Heart Center steps into the No. 1 spot, surpassing Boston Children’s Hospital, which had held the top ranking in this subspeciality for the past 19 years.

The Heart Center’s accomplishment is built on a rich history of expert and innovative pediatric heart care, exceptional leadership, partnership and focus on doing what’s best for our patients. Led by the late Drs. Denton Cooley and Dan McNamara, Texas Children’s Hospital started performing heart surgery on children in 1956. Dr. Cooley, a pioneer heart surgeon, and Dr. McNamara, a patriarch of pediatric cardiology, were among the first to demonstrate that small children could safely undergo heart surgery.

Since then, the Heart Center has continued to grow, push the envelope and pave the way to become a highly sought and respected center of excellence. Much as it was in the beginning, the Heart Center today is led and staffed by world-renowned pediatric cardiologists and surgeons: Surgeon-In-Chief and Chief of Congenital Heart Surgery Dr. Charles Fraser Jr., Chief of Cardiology Dr. Daniel Penny, Chief of Cardiovascular Anesthesia Dr. Emad Mossad, Chief of Critical Care Dr. Lara Shekerdemian and Anesthesiologist-In-Chief Dr. Dean Andropoulos. It is because of their leadership that the entire Heart Center team remains dedicated to developing innovative cardiac interventions and surgical treatment options to treat the tens of thousands of children with heart defects who seek our care annually.

Our U.S. News rankings are a testament to the amazing leadership we have here at Texas Children’s. This recognition is not just about any one person being exceptional. This is about each and every member of the team operating at a level that is second to none. You know one of my maxims is “Leadership applies to everyone.” Everyone is a leader at Texas Children’s. This recognition is about the leadership that is demonstrated by everyone from the frontline to the executive team every single day. I know that a big part of our success is due to our culture of exellence, which challenges each of us to be our best, to think creatively and, most importantly, to consistently exceed our patients’ expectations.

Congratulations Texas Children’s Heart Center. We are beyond proud of your accomplishments.

Watch this video to see and hear people’s reactions when they learned about Texas Children’s No. 1 ranking in cardiology and heart surgery.

Mark H. Wallace

Category: Innovation, Leadership, Quality, Recognition, Reputation

About Mark A. Wallace

Mark A. Wallace was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Texas Children’s Hospital in 1989 at the age of 36. Under his leadership, Texas Children’s has grown into one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive pediatric and women’s health care organizations, garnering more than 4.3 million patient encounters annually and achieving international recognition as a referral center.

8 thoughts on “Texas Children’s Heart Center – No. 1 in the nation

  1. ANNETTE says:


  2. Nan Ybarra says:

    Congratulations to the Texas Children’s Heart Center on this prestigious recognition! This is a testimony to leadership influencing outcomes: vigilance, ensuring the best work environment to provide the best care possible, surveillance and keeping eye on the end goal in mind. Many kudos to the Heart Center for providing excellence and being #1 in the nation!!

  3. Matt Timmons says:

    Thank you Mr. Wallace! I am so proud of our entire team for working hard to achieve this outstanding accomplishment!

  4. Melissa Falcon says:

    So proud to work for such an awesome place as Texas Children’s Hospital!
    We work hard a being the best everyday!

  5. Laura Laux Higgins says:

    Thank you so much for writing about the Heart Center’s #1 ranking – you touched on the history, the leadership and the individuals whose effort led to this moment.This is an exciting time, and I feel privileged to get to experience it.

  6. Janet Winebar says:

    So proud to be a small part of such a tremendous place where excellent leadership and great outcomes are celebrated everyday. #1AmazingHeartTeam!

  7. Farah Escaloni says:

    Congrats TCH and Heart Team! What an amazing accomplishment!

  8. Gail Parazynski says:

    Such an amazing accomplishment by the entire Heart Center Team. Thank you Mr. Wallace for all your support in making this #1 Heart Center Ranking a reality!

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