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Cardiothoracic Surgery

Our mission is to provide the highest level of care and achieve the best possible outcomes for every patient.

Our group of cardiac surgeons is dedicated to treating all patients with congenital heart disease as well as other pediatric heart conditions. Each year, our surgeons perform more than 400 surgeries, on patients from birth through adulthood. From your first visit, through surgery, and even when you have returned home, you’ll be collaborating with a team of experts committed to providing the medical, physical, and emotional support needed for the best possible outcome and patient experience.

Our surgical outcomes rank among the best centers in the world and are the best in the country as ranked by U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospitals 2022 – 23. We believe in the importance of being transparent with our outcomes and provide public reporting through the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). In fact, for the five years the STS provided a star rating (2016 – 2020), our Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center was the recipient of a 3-star rating, denoting the highest category of quality, in all five years. The number of three-star recipients for each cycle ranged from only six to twelve out of approximately 120 centers nationally. This recognition of consistently exceptional care is unique.

The combination of collaboration, advanced technology, and an individualized approach to each patient in a caring, attentive environment ensures continued success.

Services We Offer 

Our cardiothoracic surgeons offer reconstructive surgery for the correction and palliation of all forms of cardiac defects in infants, children and adults, including:

  • Early complete repair during infancy
  • Blood preservation
  • Hybrid procedures
  • Ross procedure for aortic valve replacement in children and adults
  • Valve-sparing aortic root surgery for connective tissue disorders (Marfan, Loeys-Dietz, Ehlers Danlos syndrome)
  • Comprehensive ECMO and ventricular assist program
  • Heart transplantation
  • Adult congenital heart surgery
  • Neonatal cardiac surgery
  • Biventricular repair in complex heart disease
  • Heart tumors
  • Coronary artery anomalies
  • Single ventricle defects
  • Slide tracheoplasty for tracheal stenosis
  • Pulmonary vein program / repair
  • Vascular ring repair in children and adults
  • Septal myectomy for HOCM
  • Valve replacement surgery: Simple and Complex
  • Ebsteins anomaly repair
  • Pulmonary artery unifocalization / rehab for MAPCA’s


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