In Quebec, there are four different hospitals that have the expertise and equipment necessary to treat cases of congenital heart defects. Three of these four hospitals perform cardiac surgery in children. Each hospital has experts in pediatric cardiology as well as resource personnel (technicians, nurses).


Founded more than 100 years ago and located at 3175 chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, in Montreal, the CHU Sainte-Justine is one of the four largest pediatric centres in America. A leader in pediatric medicine, the CHU Sainte-Justine has more than 5,000 employees, including approximately 500 doctors, dentists and pharmacists. The cardiology clinic, located on the 6th floor (block 9), receives nearly 9,000 visits per year. To avoid unnecessary travel, parents have the option of having their child undergo all the necessary examinations on the same day (blood test, X-ray, electrocardiogram, echocardiogram, stress test, etc.). This is the hospital where the most heart surgeries and catheterizations are performed in a year. In addition, a great deal of research, particularly in fetal cardiology and cardiac genetics, is carried out there.

More information is available on the clinic’s Website.

Specialists and staff:

The CHU Sainte-Justine has eleven pediatric cardiologists, including Dr. Anne Fournier, co-founder of En Cœur. Dr. Fournier was the first to successfully implant a pacemaker in a young child, together with Dr. Suzanne Vobecky, a pediatric cardiovascular surgeon. The department is under the management of Dr. Jean-Luc Bigras.

Contact information

3175 Côte-Sainte-Catherine Road

Montreal, QC H3T 1C5

Telephone: 514 345-4931


Affiliated to the McGill University Health Center, the Montreal Children’s Hospital has been the source of countless innovations in terms of pediatric medicine over the years. With cardiology among its list of specialties, it offers diagnostic, treatment and consultation services to children with heart disease and their families. In 2012, the Hospital broke the record for a patient connected to a mechanical heart for the longest time: Vincent Lambert, 15, with the help of the Montreal Children’s Hospital and En Cœur, managed to hold on for 10 months while waiting for his transplant.

Specialists and staff:

The Montreal Children’s Hospital has five medical specialists and four nurses in its cardiology department, including Michele Zegray, a former member of the board of directors of En Cœur. The department is under the management of Dr. Adrian Dancea, Division Head.

Contact information

1001 boul. Decarie

Montreal, QC H4A 3J1

514 412-4400


Inaugurated in 1954 and initially bearing the name Hôpital Sainte-Foy, the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université Laval (CHUL) is affiliated to the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Québec (CHUQ) and specializes in pediatric emergencies. It houses the Centre mère-enfant Soleil and offers various services to the residents of Eastern Quebec. The pediatric cardiology department is located on the 1st level of the building, wing A.


Christine Houde

Contact information

2705 boul. Laurier

Sainte-Foy, QC G1V 4G2

418 654-2290


With 6,084 employees, including 644 doctors and pharmacists, the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke (CHUS) performs nearly 26,500 surgeries every year. It stands out for its personalized service and proximity between doctor and patient, as well as for its clinical research work, particularly in fetal echocardiography. It comprises a clinic specializing in pediatric cardiology that offers pulse oximetry, resting and stress electrocardiography, ambulatory electrocardiography (Holter) and echocardiography.

Specialists and staff:

Dr. Marc Bellavance, chief pediatric cardiologist

Dr. Frédéric Dallaire, cardiologist

Dr. Ariane McNeil Davidson, cardiologist

Ms. Line Lavallée, cardiology technologist, assistant manager and En Cœur collaborator

Contact information

3001 12e Avenue Nord, 2nd floor (Letter D)

Sherbrooke, QC J1H 5H3

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