McMaster University

McMaster University

Division of Cardiology: child holding heart
Contact Information

Dr. Claudia Almeida
Division Head, Cardiology


Health Sciences Centre, 3A
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1

Phone: 905-521-2100, ext. 75259
Fax: 905-521-7914
Email: calmeid@mcmaster.ca

Division of Cardiology

About Cardiology

Pediatric Cardiology is a growing interdisciplinary team, currently comprised of four academic pediatric cardiologists, one nurse practitioner, two RN's, three echocardiogram technicians, two business clerks and three administrative assistants.

Our division provides outstanding care for babies, children, and adolescents with simple or complex congenital disease pre and post-operatively, as well as services for children with acquired heart disease (e.g., Kawasaki Disease, cardiomyopathies). We also provide consults and follow-ups for children with suspected heart conditions including murmurs, palpitations, chest pain, dizziness and fainting.  In addition to the out-patient clinic our cardiologists also offer in-patient care and consultations to the NICU, PICU, ER, wards, and to other subspecialties within McMaster Children's Hospital.

Our services include a full range of specialized non-invasive pediatric cardiac procedures, including echocardiograms (PW- and CW-Doppler as well as Color and Tissue Doppler), electrocardiograms, exercise tests, holters, event monitoring, and fetal echocardiograms in collaboration with the Maternal Fetal Medicine Group in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at McMaster University.  

We collaborate closely with the Hospital of Sick Children in Toronto to provide optimal care for our patients that require diagnostic or interventional catheterization procedures or cardiac surgeries.

Embedded in our support and educational services for patients and families, we also have a well organized transition plan for patients moving to the Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) clinic.

All cardiologists on our team are involved in clinical and basic research projects related to congenital heart defects, such as fetal cardiac interventions, cardiac imaging and functional analysis, and physiology and function of pre- and postnatal life.

Division Members

Dr. Claudia Almeida
Assistant Professor, Cardiology

Dr. Rejane Dillenburg
Associate Professor, Cardiology

Dr. Tapas Mondal
Associate Professor, Cardiology

Dr. Dragos Predescu
Assistant Professor, Cardiology


What's New

Suspected Cardiac Disease Clinic (SCDC)

The new pediatric SCDC is located in the 2G Clinic at McMaster Children's Hospital in Hamilton. Referrals from family doctors in the community are encouraged. Visit the Clinic Website


Listen to Murmurs

An interactive resource for trainees in the Division of Cardiology.


Outpatient Clinic

Our outpatient clinic is located in the 2G Pediatric Clinic (red area, 2nd floor). We can be reached at 905-521-2100, ext. 73974 Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Referrals can be faxed to 905-521-2333.

Referral Forms:

Heart to Heart

A "Heart to Heart Talk", Pediatric Cardiology Educational Teaching Rounds, takes place on the 4th Wednesday of every month, from 8 - 9 a.m. at the McMaster University Medical Centre, room 1J7 (purple area, 1st floor).

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