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Pediatric cardiologist joins Sacred Heart, University of Florida Health

Posted: 10/5/2017

Pediatric cardiologist Dr. Theresa Roca

Pediatric cardiologist Dr. Theresa Roca has joined the faculty of the University of Florida College of Medicine, which is affiliated with The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart. Beginning Nov. 1, Roca will see patients in The Children’s Hospital and in her new outpatient office, located at 1657 Trinity Dr. on Sacred Heart’s Pensacola campus.

Roca is fellowship trained and board certified in pediatric cardiology. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Spring Hill College, and she received her medical degree and completed her pediatric residency training at Tulane University School of Medicine. Roca completed a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Tulane University and Ochsner Hospital for Children in New Orleans. Roca has 22 years of experience practicing in pediatric cardiology.

Roca has been published in peer-reviewed journals and medical textbooks, and she has presented her research findings at the National Society of Pediatric Research annual meeting and at the American College of Cardiology annual meeting. Roca is a member of the American Heart Association’s Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young, and she is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Cardiology. Since 2003, she has been named to the Best Doctors® Poll, a peer-selected recognition to identify the physicians other physicians trust must.

As a pediatric cardiologist, Roca diagnoses and treats congenital and acquired heart conditions in infants, children, and adolescents. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Roca or other UF Health Pediatric Specialists at Sacred Heart, call 850-416-1575.

Sacred Heart’s affiliation with University of Florida Health was launched earlier this year to provide an expanded range of specialized pediatric care. The University of Florida College of Medicine has hired 12 pediatric specialists since January, and Sacred Heart Medical Group has hired five specialists since April.

UF Health is recognized among the nation’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report in six pediatric medical specialties. In addition to pediatric specialty care, Sacred Heart and UF Health have collaborated to launch a new kidney transplant program to benefit the thousands of individuals across the Southeast awaiting a lifesaving transplant. Sacred Heart’s pediatric and OB/GYN physician residency programs are also affiliated with the UF College of Medicine.

The expansion of pediatric specialty services coincides with the start of construction at Sacred Heart of a new four-story children’s hospital. The hospital will be connected to the front of the existing children’s hospital and will include a pediatric emergency room and trauma center, new procedure rooms dedicated to pediatric surgery, an expanded neonatal intensive care unit, a pediatric oncology unit, a medical/surgical unit, observation beds and a pediatric rehabilitation gym. 

The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart is a 117-bed facility that serves as the only children’s hospital in Northwest Florida. The Children’s Hospital offers a wide range of services to meet all of a child’s medical needs, from a pediatric emergency room and neonatal intensive care unit to a medical staff of more than 120 board-certified physicians across 28 pediatric specialties. The Children’s Hospital provides quality, compassionate care to children, regardless of their parents’ ability to pay. Sacred Heart Health System is a member of Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system. For more information about the services available at The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, visit

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