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SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital

Passeig Sant Joan de Déu, 2, 08950 Esplugues de Llobregat

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Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery
Medical team during a child heart operation at the SJD Barcelona Children’s Hospital

Here at the Heart Unit at the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital, we work hard to offer the best treatments to children with cardiopathies.

The Heart Unit brings together two departments to provide care to patients with cardiac diseases: Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery (Cardiosurgery).

Our staff members diagnose and treat babies, children and young people with structural congenital heart defects, arrhythmias and conduction disorders and congenital or acquired cardiac pathologies from the fetal stage, all the way through childhood and adolescence.

We work hard to offer our patients the best treatment possible, with world-leading standards of excellence. We boast one of the lowest surgical mortality rates in Europe, and a very low reintervention rate.


  • CSUR-accredited centre by the Spanish Ministry of Health in providing comprehensive neonatal and pediatric care in congenital cardiopathy cases.
  • CSUR-accredited Centre in Pediatric Arrhythmology.

Why the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital?

Experienced and effective

The Heart Unit at the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital is one of the leading units in Europe, with the lowest surgical mortality rates and a very low reintervention rate.

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Our multidisciplinary care focuses on each patient's individual circumstances

We aim for both early diagnosis and early treatment of cardiopathies, with as little hospital admission possible, so that the child can resume their normal life as soon as they can.

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Recognising our excellence

Currently, our results are better than the European average (Registry of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery) and stand shoulder to shoulder with other global reference centres such as the Boston Children’s Hospital.

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Our results


Visits by children with heart disorders


Surgeries per year


Survival rate after surgery

Specialisms and services

Related Units

Treatments we offer

Heart surgery on congenital malformations
Fetal and pediatric cardiac catheterisation
Ablation for childhood cardiac arrhythmias
Fetal cardiology
Pediatric Intensive Care

Cardiovascular surgery team

'We treat more than 8,000 children every year with heart problems. We are proud of having the highest survival rate in Europe’

Alejandro Fernández Cisneros, cirujano cardiovascular pediátrico, Hospital Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona
Alejandro Fernández Cisneros
Cirujano cardiovascular pediátrico



  • Isaac Moll Adrián
  • Silvia Torner Sola
  • M. Teresa Equirol López
  • Laura Obón Jiménez
  • Cristina Rey Gómez
  • Laia Combalia Colomer
  • Ariadna Sánchez Herranz

Clinical Perfusion

  • Rosa Aguilar Villalba
  • Sonia Acero Amaya
  • Esther Vallmajó Roura


The Heart Unit has its own research group, called the Enfermedades Cardiovasculares en el Desarrollo [Childhood cardiovascular diseases]. It grew in the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital Cardiology Department, and currently covers three main lines of research. 

  1. The first line of research is led by Dr Georgia Sarquella and focuses its work on arrhythmias and sudden death.
  2. The second, led by Dr Sánchez de Toledo and Dr Camprubí, looks into the impact of congenital cardiopathies on babies’ development, in particular, their neurodevelopment.
  3. The third line focuses on studying cardiological repercussions of systemic disease disorders, such as sepsis and viral infection, among others.


The SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital is a university hospital affiliated with the University of Barcelona. We share our knowledge and train professionals so that they can go onto specialise in Pediatric Anesthesiology.

Master’s in Pediatric Cardiology

The aim of the Master’s in Pediatric Cardiology is to ensure comprehensive training within the subspecialism of Pediatric Cardiology. It is aimed at graduates of Medicine and Surgery who specialise in Pediatrics and adult cardiology.

  • Duration: 2 terms
  • Directed by: Dr Joaquim Bartrons Casas
  • Title awarded: Master (from the University of Barcelona)
  • Accreditation: 126 ECTS credits

Patients' stories

A 15-year-old boy, one of the first pediatric patients to undergo robotic heart surgery
Diego's family travelled over 7,000 kilometres so he could undergo heart surgery
From Shanghai to Barcelona for her baby’s heart surgery
“We’ve stopped fearing for our son’s life thanks to the a heart surgery”
"Our great challenge is to cure patients with heart disease and ensure a good quality of life in adulthood”