Juan Villafañe, MD

Dr. Villafañe has practiced pediatric cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology in Kentucky since 1986.

Dr. Villafañe joined the University of Louisville to become the first pediatric cardiac electrophysiologist in the region. He then taught medical students, residents, and fellows for 25 years. He is now a full-time senior pediatric cardiologist practicing non-invasive cardiology and electrophysiology. He has a faculty appointment as Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Juan VillafañeDr. Villafañe is board certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology, and Adult Congenital Heart Disease. He received his pediatric cardiology training at the University of Puerto Rico in 1981. In addition, he did a two-year fellowship at the University of Miami, specializing in pediatric cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology.

Dr. Villafañe has received awards from the City of Louisville Mayor’s Office, the University of Louisville and the American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award in Continuing Medical Education for 20 years in a row. In September 2011, he received the American Academy of Pediatrics Special Achievement Award for distinguished service and dedication to the mission and goals of the Academy. In 2015, he was the recipient of the American Heart Association, Great Rivers Affiliate, Distinguished Achievement Award. In October 2016, he received the Honorable Maestro award from the Kentucky chapter of the American College of Cardiology for his past achievements. He is an active member in 15 medical societies and a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American Academy of Pediatrics, Heart Rhythm Society, American Heart Association, and the American Society of Echocardiography.

Dr. Villafañe has authored or co-authored over 40 publications and over 50 abstracts in the medical literature. In addition, he has given over 200 scientific presentations and lections at local, national, and international pediatric cardiology meetings, including the American College of Cardiology, Heart Rhythm Society, American Academy of Pediatrics, Society of Pediatric Research, American Heart World Symposium on Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology, and others. He was the co-chair of the Scientific Executive Committee for the 7th World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology.

At the local level, he has conducted Grand Rounds at the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Jewish Hospital, Baptist Health Louisville, Trover Medical Center, and over 100 community lectures in pediatric cardiology.

Dr. Villafañe is a medical advisory board member for Dysautonomia, and the Youth Network of America. Since 2001, he has been a member of the Child and Adolescent Committee of Medicaid. He was the USA delegate for the Latin American Society of Pediatric Cardiology and Surgery from 2003-2007.

Other Achievements Include

Director at Large, American Heart Association, Great Rivers Affiliate Board of Directors (two years).
Co-chair, Scientific Committee, Annual Meeting, Kentucky Chapter – American College of Cardiology.
Dr. Villafañe was a member of the ACCME Committee, American Society of Echocardiography.
Dr. Villafañe was a council member of the Adult Congenital and Pediatric Cardiology Section Leadership Council.
Co-Chair, American Academy of Pediatrics SOCCS Publications and Communications Committee (three years).
Kentucky Medical Association – The Commission on Public Health.
American Heart Association CVDY membership and Communications Commission National Committee.
August, 2010:
Dr. Villafañe agreed to become a member of the Advocacy Expert Panel of the American Heart Association Great Rivers affiliate, which involves five states.
April, 2010:
Dr. Villafañe formed a coalition of a dozen organizations to deal with childhood obesity and tobacco issues in our Commonwealth. The goal was to create community awareness of these problems and support legislation that deals with these issues.
March, 2010:
Dr. Villafañe was elected Governor of the American College of Cardiology in Kentucky and the President of its state chapter (three years).
February, 2010:
Dr. Villafañe was appointed as full Professor (Gratis) in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Kentucky.
October, 2008:
Dr. Villafañe was selected as a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society and was the first cardiac electrophysiologist in the Commonwealth to receive such an honor, which is bestowed upon members of the Society with significant achievements, service, and prominence in the field of cardiac arrhythmia.

Our Mission

Children's Heart Specialists, PSC is committed to provide comprehensive pediatric cardiac services to infants, children and young adults. We strive to insure the highest quality in non-invasive cardiovascular testing. Our medical staff is committed to being board certified in pediatric cardiology and adult congenital heart disease.

Our goal is to provide the highest quality of care with compassion and respect to our patients and their families.

Accredited in Echocardiography


We do not give any medical advice or recommendations about you or your child's health in this website. The medical information that appears on this website is to be used as a general guide about heart defects and symptoms. Medical advice is discussed at the time of your consultation with Dr. Villafañe.