Healthy Hearts and Minds Program

Thanks to medical and surgical advances, more and more children born with complex heart defects are surviving and growing to adulthood. As the number of survivors has increased, experts have found that these children are more likely to face developmental and neurologic problems as they grow up. These may include issues with behavior, social interaction, motor skills, feeding, school performance, and speech and language development.

The Healthy Hearts and Minds (H2M) Program was created to identify neurodevelopmental problems in these patients and address them early, when treatment can make the biggest difference. Our mission is to ensure a healthy and productive life for all of our patients. To qualify for our program, your child must have had a cardiac intervention, such as heart surgery or a catheter-based procedure, within the first 30 days of life.

UCSF is also leading research on the neurodevelopmental effects of congenital heart disease. Our patients will be among the first to benefit from new findings.

To make an appointments or referrals for children under three years of age, please call (415) 476-7324 or email [email protected]. To schedule an appointment for a child over the age of three, call (415) 353-2080.

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Our Services

Our team includes different types of specialists with expertise in congenital heart disease, such as pediatric cardiologists, neonatologists, nurses, neuropsychologists, dietitians and social workers. Together, we provide:

  • Screening for developmental abnormalities
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Social work support, including help finding programs and resources in your community
  • Neuropsychological evaluations, diagnosis and interventions

Our services supplement, but do not replace, care from your child's pediatrician and cardiologist.

Scheduled Screenings

Our patients receive early developmental screening at the UCSF ICN Follow-Up Program until 3 years of age. After age 3, a neuropsychologist evaluates them for school readiness, cognitive skills, attention, learning and memory. Our program consists of the following baseline evaluations:

  • 6 months of age: Developmental screening and evaluation by specialists in cardiology, nutrition and social work
  • 18 months of age: Developmental screening, with nutrition and social work services as needed
  • 30 months of age: Developmental screening, with nutrition and social work services as needed
  • 4 to 5 years of age: Developmental and school readiness screening by a neuropsychologist
  • 10 to 12 years of age: Developmental and cognitive screening by a neuropsychologist

We may ask to see your child for additional visits if needed.

Our team will work with you to develop a plan to address any developmental needs that we identify during these visits. This usually consists of referrals to regional centers — nonprofit organizations that provide or coordinate services for people with developmental disabilities — as well as communication with your child's school and local services.

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Getting Here

Healthy Hearts and Minds (H2M) Program:
Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building
1825 Fourth St., Sixth Floor, 6A
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone (patients under age 3):
(415) 476-7324
Phone (patients 3 years old and up):
(415) 353-2080

What to Bring

  • Health insurance information including authorizations or referrals
  • List of your child's prescription medications and dosages
  • List of medications your child is allergic to
  • List of questions you may have
  • Recent test results related to your child's condition
  • Paper and pencil to take notes


Parking at Mission Bay

Public parking options at UCSF's Mission Bay campus include:

Weekdays: $3.75/hour
Daily Maximum: $30/day

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Public Transportation

UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay is accessible via the following Muni bus routes:

  • 22
  • 55
  • T-Third Street line

More Information

(415) 673-6864 (MUNI)
SFMTA website

UCSF Shuttles

Free UCSF shuttles connect the Mission Bay campus with our Mount Zion and Parnassus campuses as well as other UCSF locations and the 16th Street BART station.

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Shuttle routes and timetables
Shuttle system map
Shuttle hotline: (415) 476-4646 (GOGO)

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Our Team

Stephany Cox
Stephany Cox, PhD
Pediatric neuropsychologist
Shabnam Peyvandi
Shabnam Peyvandi, MD, MAS
Pediatric cardiologist
Patrick McQuillen
Patrick McQuillen, MD
Pediatric critical care specialist
Elizabeth Rogers
Elizabeth Rogers, MD
Rebecca Rapoport
Rebecca Rapoport, PNP
Pediatric nurse practitioner

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