Dr. Saba was one of the first friends Allison ever made. She was born with a heart defect and needed cardiac surgery just days after birth. Luckily, she was able to go home just two days after her surgery, and looking at her now, nobody would guess she has been through so much in her short life. Allison comes to Children’s from Castro Valley each month to check in with her friend in Cardiology.
Dylan (r) was a pale, emaciated 5-month-old when he came to Children's Hospital. His bluish skin indicated to Gregg Helton, MD, (l) that he was a "cardiac baby." An echocardiogram soon revealed the underlying problem: Dylan's heart had only a left ventricle and not a right. His blood wasn't being oxygenated correctly. After four major open heart surgeries to reroute his blood system so it could sustain him with one ventricle, and dozens of smaller procedures, Dylan is a happy, healthy and energetic boy. LEARN MORE
The Pediatric Cardiac Center at Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland provides comprehensive diagnostic, therapeutic, interventional, surgical and follow-up services for children with all types of heart disease from before birth to age 18; long-term patients are followed up to age 21. Our surgeons perform successful open-heart surgeries on children of all ages, including babies with hearts as small as a strawberry or walnut.
Seven pediatric cardiologists and three pediatric cardiac surgeons lead the center with support from a dedicated, specially trained team that helps children and their families cope with the social and emotional impact of congenital heart disease. A social worker, an outpatient cardiology nurse and a team of clinical nurse specialists provide counseling and information about caring for children with cardiac disorders. They will help prepare you and your child for any required hospitalizations, procedures or surgeries, and are available for outpatient consultations, counseling and phone advice. We also help parents find community resources offering practical advice for handling day-to-day needs and concerns.
Additionally, the center offers a pacemaker clinic, performs an average of 200 cardiac catheterizations each year, and implants atrial septal devices (ASD) via catheterizations to block a small opening or hole in a child’s heart. We also see about 5,500 patient visits a year at our specialty care offices throughout the Bay Area.
Referrals are through primary care providers.
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Phone: (510) 428-3380
Fax: (510) 428-3381
Where to find us
Main Hospital — Map/Directions
747 52nd Street, Oakland, CA 94609
Appointments are also available at the following specialty care offices: Brentwood, Marin, Pleasanton, Walnut Creek, and Sonora Clinic (510-428-3380).