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Pediatric Heart Failure

At Ochsner Children’s Hospital, our heart transplantation team’s goal is to allow kids to live a normal life safely as possible after a heart transplant. Children have many different reasons why they may need a heart transplant. It can be due to being born with an abnormal heart muscle, congenital heart disease that cannot be improved by surgery, or a virus that infects the heart muscle and makes it weak.

Ochsner is the only comprehensive heart failure and heart transplant program in Louisiana that can deliver all services to take care of a patient in heart failure. Our team of experts have been performing pediatric heart transplants for over 30 years and has survival rates well above the national average. At Ochsner Children’s Hospital, our dedicated team of specialists provide comprehensive heart failure, ventricular assist device, and transplant care to our smallest patients.

We provide a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to treat our patients. Our team collaborates with child life services, palliative care, financial and nutritional support to provide care to our patient and family during this most difficult time in their lives.

Jake Kleinmahon, MD

Thomas Young, MD

Benjamin Peeler, MD

Michael Hines, MD

David Greenhouse, MD

Kathyrn Smiley, PA

Victor Lucas, MD

Ivory Crittendon, MD

Clifton Mixon, MD

Megan Lanier, PA

Jessica Gremillion
Transplant Coordinator

Danielle Terry
Transplant Coordinator

Claire Walley
Transplant Pharmacist

There are multiple reasons why a pediatric patient may need a heart transplant. They include the following:

  • Dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Myocarditis
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Restrictive cardiomyopathy
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Ischemic heart disease

The services offered for our pediatric patients include:

  • Invasive and non-invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
  • Inotrope support
  • Electrophysiology therapy
  • Short- and long-term mechanical circulatory support devices
  • Cutting-edge surgical procedures
  • Innovative cardiac rehabilitation
  • Ongoing disease management education in both inpatient and outpatient settings
  • Heart Transplant
  • Psychological support

A ventricular assist device is a mechanical pump that can be implanted in either the left or right chamber of the heart. It helps the chamber to pump blood to the body. The types of ventricular assist devices used at Ochsner include:

  • Berlin Heart
  • Heartmate 3
  • HVAD
  • Pedimag
  • Centrimag

To make an appointment, go to or call 504-842-5200.

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Map of Ochsner-affiliated facilities that provide services related to Pediatric Heart Failure

Pediatric Heart Failure Locations

Ochsner Health Center for Children - Lafayette
1016 Coolidge St.
Lafayette, LA 70503
  • Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m.-noon
Ochsner Medical Center – New Orleans
1514 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Children's Hospital
1514 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121
  • Open 24/7