Congenital Heart Disease & Cardiac Care Program

About Our Congenital Heart Disease & Cardiac Care Program

One in 125 babies born in the United States has congenital heart disease – or a malformation of the heart involving the heart chambers, valves or major blood vessels that is present at birth. Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common birth defect, and can range from simple to complex. Through medical advances, many people with congenital heart disease live full and healthy lives.

At Jersey Shore University Medical Center, our Congenital Heart Disease program is lead by specialists who treat patients facing CHD throughout their lifetime. It is one of the most comprehensive programs in the tri-state region.

Pediatric Care for Congenital Heart Disease
From newborn through adolescence, children with congenital heart problems are cared for by pediatric cardiologists.  Vincent Zales, M.D. is co-director of the Congenital Heart Disease Program, and was formerly director of the cath lab at Children's Memorial Hospital at Northwestern and chief of service at Deborah Heart and Lung.  Dr. Zales has been in practice as a board-certified pediatric cardiologist since 1987 and works alongside a team of pediatric cardiovascular specialists from K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital who diagnose heart defects and help manage the health of children before and after surgical repair of the heart problem.

Adult Congenital Heart Disease
The number of adults living with congenital heart disease (CHD) is growing each year, and is now greater than the number of children living with CHD. Dawn Calderon, D.O. is Director of the program at Jersey Shore, and has been fellowship-trained in Adult Congenital Heart Disease at Cleveland Clinic. When reaching adulthood, it is important for patients born with CHD to transition to this level of subspecialty care. Adults with CHD require unique clinical guidance for planning key life milestones such as college, employment, family planning, pregnancy, and beyond.

As a supporting service of Meridian CardioVascular Network and Meridian Pediatric Network, the Adult Congenital Heart Program at Jersey Shore University Medical Center can provide our patients with access to the region's leading surgeons, physicians, nurses, support groups, education programs, and rehabilitation centers.

Care Locations

  • Jersey Shore University Medical Center, 1945 Route 33, Neptune, NJ 07753

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