Breadcrumb Home Departments Pediatrics Divisions & Services Adolescent Transitional Cardiac Care Program Pediatrics Adolescent Transitional Cardiac Care Program Sub-navigation Sub-navigation Divisions & Services Adolescent Transitional Cardiac Care Program Fit for Healthy Weight Program General Pediatrics Affiliated Programs Contact Us Leadership Neonatology & Developmental Biology Pediatric Allergy & Immunology Contact Us Pediatric Anesthesiology Pediatric Perioperative Surgical Home Pediatric Cardiology Events News Ways to Give Pediatric Craniofacial Clinic Pediatric Critical Care Our Physicians Pediatric Endocrinology Ways to Give Pediatric Gastroenterology Ways to Give Pediatric Genetics Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Pediatric Hospital Medicine Pediatric Imaging Pediatric Infectious Diseases Pediatric Medical Home Pediatric Nephrology Pediatric Neurology Webinars Pediatric Neurosurgery Pediatric Palliative Care Pediatric Pulmonology & Sleep Medicine Pediatric Rheumatology Pediatric Urology Sports Concussion & Traumatic Brain Injury Program More Pediatric Divisions Medical advancements continue to improve survival rates of children with heart disease. For children born with heart defect or develop heart disease in childhood, it is now expected that the majority will grow to lead full, productive lives; therefore, there is a growing need for transitional care from pediatric to adult-based health care. The UCLA Adolescent Transitional Cardiac Care Program is designed to help facilitate the transition from pediatric to adult care in order to avoid a lapse in care, to empower the adolescent/young adult to manage his/her own care and make the transition to adult care more comfortable for the adolescent, young adult and parents involved. Why is a transition program so important? Every child with congenital or acquired heart disease will eventually need to transition from the care of his/her pediatric cardiologist to that of an adult cardiologist. Without proper/adequate preparation, many of these patients become susceptible to experiencing a disruption in their medical care, missing treatments and running out of medications, all of which can lead to the need for emergency care. To avoid these challenges, the process of transitioning prepares the patient to develop self management skills required to manage his/her care. Director Leigh Reardon, MD Pediatric Cardiology, Adult Congenital Cardiac Disease Contact Us For Appointments, please call (310) 267-7668. For more information and referrals, contact Mary Canobbio, RN, MN by email or call (310) 825-3091.