Every child deserves world-class heart care. no matter where they are in the world.

The Novick Cardiac Alliance is committed to sustainable health care for children with cardiac disease in Low-and Middle-Income Countries (LMIC).

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Four core principles at the heart of all our work


We Collaborate with Governments, Health Ministries, healthcare professionals and Humanitarian Organisations to provide total cardiac care to children in Low-and Middle-Income Countries (LMIC).
The children we serve have limited access to quality care and the families lack the financial resources to seek care elsewhere. This collaboration will enable local health-care authorities to build Pediatric Cardiac care services in country and in time eliminate the need to send these children abroad for surgery.


We educate Local health-care professionals and work with their educational institutions to improve the standard of training and hence care provided to children with Heart disease.
Our education model is open and flexible and is delivered using multiple modalities. We work with each site individually to find the best template for education and development of clinical judgement. We provide clinical bedside teaching, didactic lectures and ad hoc teaching sessions on site: and encourage the use of internet based resources and access to international academic journals. We are currently in the process of building a virtual learning environment using “Moodle” ™ as the platform.


We facilitate practical and affordable solutions to a variety of clinical, technical and patient problems, which are unique to the sites we work in.
First world approaches are often unaffordable or inappropriate to the needs of our partner sites. Surgical, Interventional Catheter and ICU techniques are tailored and modified to adress the needs of the population we serve. Many of the children we see are much older than would typically be seen in developed countries and consequently the medical and surgical options for these children are very different. Many of these innovations emerge from professionals at our partner sites themselves, and we encourage presentation and publication of such in conferences and journals.


Our goal is that of our partner site’s – to develop full independence over time and to operate on and care for the children with a home grown team of experts and no continuing need for direct outside assistance.
We monitor the quality and effect of our assistance, and tailor our teams size and skill set accordingly. We commit to maintaining professional relationships with those hospitals and personnel well into the future and focus on areas such as academic work, conference attendance and occasional short visits. We have seen that a significant proportion of volunteers and core staff on our teams enthusiastically emerge from previously assisted sites.
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Meet Our Founder

Our Founder, Dr. Novick is a pediatric cardiac surgeon and the Paul Nemir Professor of International Child Health and Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Leading medical teams to treat children with heart disease for more than 28 years; his passion for changing lives and providing hope for families inspires and motivates.
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Congenital Heart Disease Facts

This is a list of facts which are displayed on this website and their corresponding references for you to check. If you need help obtaining a copy of any of these references or would like more details about Congenital Heart Disease then please contact us and we will be happy to help.

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Your Trust Is Important To Us

Since Novick Cardiac Alliance launched in 2014, we’ve remained committed to the highest level of transparency and reporting as a leading international charity, serving hundreds of children each year who are born with heart disease. We’re proud to announce that NCA has earned GuideStar’s 2020 Platinum Seal of Transparency by publicly sharing our key metrics and highlighting the impact we’re making in children’s lives around the world. We’re also incredibly honored to share that we recently received a distinguished 100-OUT-OF-100 “Give with Confidence” rating for Accounting and Finance by Charity Navigator, a trusted resource for donors and investors.


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“What I didn’t anticipate was just how much I would gain from volunteering, how much I would develop as a clinician as a result of working with the local nurses.  I’m pretty sure I’ve gained more than I’ve given! This is the most challenging work I have done but it has huge rewa­­rds.  Seeing the dedication of the local teams and their enthusiasm to learn and develop makes you want to make repeat trips. It’s not all work though and I’ve made some great friends and had a lot of fun too.”

– Jo Dyer PICU Nurse U.K

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