Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

Pediatric and Congenital Cardiac Surgery at the Children’s Heart Center

The pediatric cardiac surgery program at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital and Holtz Children’s Hospital Children’s Heart Center focuses on the surgical correction of all congenital heart defects in newborns, children, and adults. Working as a team with pediatric cardiology, pediatric cardiac anesthesia, and pediatric cardiac intensive care specialists, and a large group of nurses, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, pediatric cardiac perfusionists and social workers, the surgical outcomes involving pediatric cardiac surgery procedures are among the best in the nation. The surgical procedures performed span from the repair of less complex forms of congenital heart disease, such as ventricular septal defect and Tetralogy of Fallot, to the most complex repairs for neonatal cardiac malformations, heart failure conditions and pediatric cardiomyopathies.

The Children’s Heart Center at Holtz Children’s Hospital/Jackson Memorial Hospital

The Children’s Heart Center is the only medical center in South Florida capable of providing the entire range of surgical treatment options for children and adults with congenital heart disease, including surgery for heart failure, implantation of mechanical circulatory support systems as well as pediatric and adult heart transplantation. Jackson Memorial Hospital/Holtz Children’s Hospital, ranked n. 1 in the U.S. News and World Report in 2011 among 65 South Florida hospitals, is the most comprehensive pediatric facility in the area where children with the most complex cardiac and non-cardiac conditions are routinely transferred in order to receive the most advanced medical care.

The pediatric cardiac surgery service utilizes the most advanced technologies and provides care for children in the newly developed state-of-the-art Children’s Heart Center Unit which includes:

  • New 33-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • Two new pediatric cardiac surgery operating rooms
  • Pediatric cardiac catheterization laboratory
  • Newly renovated, family-friendly lounge areas

Family-Centered and Child-Centered Care

The services provided at the Children’s Heart Center focus on maximizing chances of survival and quality of life in children with congenital heart disease. In our program, the child always comes first, and the care delivered keeps the family very well integrated with the healing process (family-centered care).

Patient Care & Services

The cardiac surgeons at the Children’s Heart Center routinely operate on children with a wide array of cardiac malformations including:

  • Transposition of the great arteries
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
  • Total and partial anomalous pulmonary venous connection
  • Truncus arteriosus
  • Pulmonary atresia with ventricular septal defect
  • Pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Atrioventricular canal defect
  • Ventricular septal defect
  • Shone’s syndrome
  • Single ventricle cardiac malformations
  • Aortic and mitral valve disease processes
  • Tricuspid valve disese
  • Ebstein’s anomaly
  • Coarctation of the aorta
  • Aortic arch hypoplasia
  • Tracheal anomalies
  • Vascular rings and slings

The cardiac surgeons at the Children’s Heart Center also have focused expertise in performing the following procedures:

  • Repair of pectus carinatum and excavatum
  • Minimally invasive aortic valve repair or replacement
  • Minimally invasive mitral valve repair or replacement
  • Ross procedure
  • Laser-assisted pacemaker and ICD lead extraction
  • Maze procedure
  • ICD and pacemaker implantation and replacement
  • Heart transplantation
  • Insertion of short and long-term ventricular assist devices