IRCCS Policlinico San Donato

Pediatric and Adult Congenital Heart Centre

Policlinico San Donato is a university and research hospital provided with the main clinical specialties particularly focused on the study and treatment of cardiac and great vessel diseases through a multidisciplinary approach and devoted to high quality professional training.

The institute hosts the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Nursing Sciences and some postgraduate medical residency programs. Moreover, it’s a medical training center chosen by many foreign students and doctors.

Founded in 1969 and extending over 50,000 square meters in the south-eastern part of Milan, Policlinico San Donato has 430 beds, 10 operating rooms divided into two blocks (cardiac surgery and multispecialty), 3 hemodynamics rooms and 3 electrophysiology rooms equipped with the latest technologies.

Thanks to its proven expertise and high quality health care and due to the relevant scientific contribution of its medical staff, Policlinico San Donato was recognized by the Italian Ministry of Health as Institute for Research, Hospitalization and Health Care for the study and treatment of cardiac and great vessel diseases (Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico per lo studio e la cura delle Malattie del cuore e dei grandi vasi nell’adulto e nel bambino – Ministerial Decree, 6 March 2006).

Our research activities are directly connected with healthcare providing specialized and tailored therapies and treatment to every patient, from fetuses to oldest old people.

Our research projects are predominantly clinical with a translational approach supported by our biomolecular, bioengineering and advanced-imaging research laboratories. Congenital heart diseases (CHD), heart failure, valvular heart diseases, Brugada Syndrome, aortic diseases and cardiometabolic diseases are the major interests of the lines of research pursued by our IRCCS.

Our Cardiac Congenital Centre are organized through a vertical model that manages CHD from neonates to elderly patients. In such vertical model pediatric and adult units work in partnership to deliver high quality, safe and effective services, throughout the patient’s lifetime of care. A dedicated Transition programme is also available and it supports the transition of pediatric patients to ACHD care.

Dr. Massimo Chessa