Cardiovascular Surgery

The Department of Cardiovascular Surgery offers surgical repair of congenital heart defects in children, with special expertise in the primary repair of heart disease in newborns and infants. On average approximately 200 surgical procedures are performed by cardiovascular surgeons at the Children's Hospital of Michigan every year.

Surgery patients are treated by a comprehensive multidisciplinary team that specializes in the care of pediatric cardiac surgical patients. Members of this team include pediatric cardiac surgeons, pediatric cardiologists, specialists in pediatric cardiac critical care, pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists, pediatric cardiac surgical nurse clinicians, pediatric cardiac surgical advanced practice providers, as well as pediatric cardiac 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.

Our team provides a full spectrum of surgical techniques, including Fontan procedures, tetralogy of Fallot repair, atrial/ventricular defect repair, coarctation repair, ventricular assist device implantation and removal, and pediatric heart transplant.

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

Children’s Hospital of Michigan participates in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Congenital Heart Surgery Database, which provides data on Operative and Adjusted Operative Mortality. Further information can be found at 

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