Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center has an international reputation for excellence in pediatric heart surgery. NewYork-Presbyterian ranked #6 for Pediatric Heart and Heart Surgery in the 2011-12 U.S. News & World Report Best Children's Hospitals annual survey.

One of the nation's preeminent cardiac surgery programs, the Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery Program offers a team-based, specialized approach that provides optimal care for children with heart disease and disorders. Because these children often also have multiple health problems, Weill Cornell also offers them access to our world-class facilities and the expertise of top-ranked specialists in subspecialty areas of pediatric medicine, such as pediatric cardiology, gastroenterology, neurology, and hematology. In addition, Weill Cornell surgical specialists are leaders in the fields of pediatric neurosurgery, ear nose and throat surgery, pediatric urology, and general pediatric surgery.

Our pediatric cardiac surgery team includes professionals who are highly trained in the special needs of children. Our experienced pediatric anesthesiologists, intensive care specialists, perfusionists (who operate the heart-lung machine), and nursing staff all have dedicated expertise in pediatric cardiac surgery.

Children with heart disorders often require support services in addition to their cardiac surgery. The program provides special services, such as a K-12 school within the hospital, and a team of caregivers, including nutritionists, who work to ensure that our patients continue to thrive after their surgery. Our skill, understanding, and attention to all the details that are important to a child's recovery help to make the Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery Program one of the top choices in the nation for pediatric cardiac care.

The Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery Program offers the most advanced surgical therapy for congenital heart disease for pediatric patients of all ages, from newborns to adolescents.

The conditions that we treat include

  • anomalous left coronary from the pulmonary artery (ALCAPA)
  • aortic and subaortic stenosis and regurgitation
  • aortopulmonary window
  • atrial and ventricular septal defects
  • atrioventricular canal
  • coarctation of the aorta
  • cor triatriatum
  • coronary artery anomalies/coronary fistulas
  • double outlet right ventricle
  • Ebstein's anomaly and tricuspid valve disease
  • failing Fontan surgery
  • heart tumors
  • hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • mitral valve stenosis and regurgitation
  • patent ductus arteriosus
  • pulmonary atresia
  • pulmonary stenosis
  • pulmonary valve stenosis and regurgitation
  • single ventricle disease>
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • total anomalous pulmonary venous return/pulmonary vein stenosis vascular rings
  • transposition of the great arteries
  • tricuspid atresia
  • truncus arteriosus
  • valve repair