About the Section on Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery

​Section o​n Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery

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Who are we?

The Section on Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery consults to the AAP Board of Directors and makes recommendations for programs, policy statements and other actions on matters relating to pediatric cardiology. They also work collaboratively with various AAP committees and sections such as Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Nutrition and Sports Medicine and Fitness. These relationships have led to joint policy statement development and educational programming. The Section on Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery has a liaison with the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and The American Heart Association (AHA) and the three groups work collaboratively on position papers, policy statements, advocacy and quality improvement.

The Section has formed a Pediatric Cardiac Device Task Force with the goal to:

  1. increase dialogue and awareness between the FDA and the pediatric cardiology community about the regulatory pediatric cardiac device approval process and,
  2. develop efforts between the FDA and Section that could increase device availability with full labeling for pediatric indications in the U.S.

The Section has also demonstrated continued progress with the pediatric cardiology leadership alliance, the Joint Council on Congenital Heart Disease (JCCHD).  They have developed a National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative (NPC-QIC) intended to "Improve Survival and Quality of Life of Infants with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome During the "Interstage" Period Between Discharge from Stage 1 Norwood and admission for Stage 2 bidirectional Glenn.

Section Member Benefits

The Section on Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery has many section-only benefits for its members including:

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If you have any further questions about the Section's activities, please contact Vivian Thorne at vthorne@aap.org


The Section on Cardiology was founded in 1955 and is committed to improving the care of infants, children, and adolescents about pediatric cardiology. The Section was combined with the Section on Cardiac Surgery in 2002. Objectives for the Section on Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery include providing an opportunity within the Academy for the presentation and discussion of investigations and scientific observations pertaining to the cardiovascular system in children.

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