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The Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery programs at Children's Hospital of Michigan at the Detroit Medical Center are ranked among America's best in U.S. News Media Group's 2014-15 Best Children's Hospitals survey.

The Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan is a major referral center for all aspects of pediatric cardiovascular surgery. It is known for its state-of-the-art approach to complex congenital heart disease. A wide variety of procedures considered too difficult to be attempted elsewhere are performed at the hospital including heart transplants. It provides one of the largest pediatric heart transplant programs in the Midwest.

The Department is a leader in the surgical repair of congenital heart defects in children, with special expertise in primary repair of heart disease in newborns and infants. Cardiovascular surgeons and interventional cardiologists on staff at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan are experts in the use of hybrid approaches to the repair of certain forms of complex congenital heart disease.

The Children’s Hospital of Michigan is one of the nation’s leaders in the use of Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) — an advanced technology that functions as a temporary replacement for a child’s heart and lungs after cardiac surgery.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved use of the Berlin Heart, the first ventricular assist device made specifically for pediatric patients.  Ventricular assist devices are used when a patient needs a heart transplant, but can’t wait for a donor heart to become available. The Berlin Heart assists the failing heart until an appropriate donor heart can be found.  Surgeons on staff at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan are leaders in the use of this advanced technology and testified to the FDA about its life-saving benefits. 

Surgery patients are treated by a world-class multidisciplinary team that specializes in the care of pediatric cardiac surgical patients. Members of this team include pediatric cardiac surgeons, pediatric cardiologists, pediatric intensivists, pediatric anesthesiologists, pediatric cardiac surgical nurse clinicians, house physicians, physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners, as well as pediatric perfusionists, circulating nurses and surgical technicians.

In preparation for surgery, patients and their families are given an opportunity to visit the intensive care unit prior to their procedure and to see patients that have recently undergone cardiac surgery.

Diagnosing and treating children’s heart disease requires specialized knowledge and a dedicated team-approach to care.  The Children’s Hospital of Michigan is equipped with the experience your child needs when going through this difficult time.

Click here for further information on heart surgery in kids and teens.

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Learn more about related heart services at the Children's Hospital of Michigan by clicking the following link.

Cardiac Services
Michigan Adult Congenital Heart Center (MACH)