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Fontan Clinic

Children born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) or without a heart valve typically need three surgeries to treat single ventricle defects: Norwood, Glenn, and Fontan. These surgeries do not correct the heart problem, but they help make it more manageable. Patients can then live fuller lives into adulthood. However, ongoing medical concerns require regular care.

Partnering with your cardiologist, the experts in our Fontan Clinic at Vanderbilt provide careful monitoring and regular care. We consider all the ways a heart condition diagnosed at birth can affect overall health well into adulthood. We work with many other experts at Vanderbilt to evaluate children following a Fontan operation, and create an ongoing care plan that is right for you as you transition from pediatric to adult care.

If you are an adult patient who had these surgeries as a child, your follow-up visits to our clinic will provide the comprehensive, coordinated and convenient care to help ensure the best possible quality of life.

Conditions We Treat

We treat children with all conditions related to single ventricle heart defects, including: 

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    Anxiety
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    Abnormal bone health
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    Delayed growth and puberty
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    Kidney disease
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    Learning issues
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    Liver dysfunction
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    Lung disease

Meet Your Care Team

Your complete Fontan Clinic care team also includes a Cardiology Nurse, a Nutritionist, and a Physical Therapist.

Rachel Sullivan

Rachel SullivanMD, BS

    Congenital Heart Disease, General Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Congenital Heart Disease, Pediatric Heart, Pulmonary Hypertension
Angela J. Weingarten
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Angela J. WeingartenBS, MD, MSCI

    Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Aortic Center, Cardiovascular Medicine, Congenital Heart Disease, General Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Congenital Heart Disease
Anita K. Pai

Anita K. PaiMD

    Benign and Malignant Diseases of the Liver, Gallbladder, and Bile Ducts, General Gastroenterology, Hepatobiliary Surgery and Liver Transplantation, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Interventional Endoscopy, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Eric D. Austin

Eric D. AustinMD, MSCI

    Asthma, Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia, Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, Pulmonary Hypertension, Rare and Common Pediatric Pulmonary Diseases
Althea P. Wroblewski

Althea P. WroblewskiPhD

    Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Why Choose Fontan and Single Ventricle Surgery Care at Vanderbilt

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    Pediatric heart excellence

    The Pediatric Heart Institute at Children's Hospital is recognized as one of the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report for delivering leading-edge, compassionate care to children. Our program is also recognized as an Aetna Pediatric Heart Disease Center of Excellence.

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    Coordinated care

    We treat all congenital and acquired heart conditions in children, and we provide second opinions on diagnoses you may have received from other providers. As part of a comprehensive academic medical center, we also provide a seamless transition of care from childhood into adulthood.

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    Experienced care

    Children’s Hospital is a part of the Vanderbilt Heart Transplant program, performing more heart transplants than any other program in the world. 

Procedures

We offer a full range of tests, treatments and services, including:

Location

2200 Children's Way, 5th Floor
Nashville, TN 37232
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