Children’s Heart Research and Outcomes Center (HeRO)

The Emory+Children’s Heart Research and Outcomes Center (HeRO) seeks to reduce the morbidity of pediatric heart disease.  As our ability to detect and repair congenital heart defects has improved over the years, these patients now require long-term solutions to improve cardiac function.  Additionally, multiple surgeries on children also has neurological repercussions, and studies are needed for this as well. Our Center will lead the transformation of focused cardiac research in to innovative therapies for young patients.  We will accomplish this through leveraging of resources within Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Marcus Autism Center, and from within the Pediatric Heart Network.  Major areas of research include Regenerative and Nanomedicine Technologies, Cardiac Development, Cardiac Outcomes, Cardiac Devices, and Neurodevelopmental Studies. 

Center Director: Mike Davis, PhD

Research at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta:

Key Contacts

  • Michael E. Davis, PhD, FAHA

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  • Mary Wagner, PhD

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  • Kristen Herzegh, MPH

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