Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery

Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery

Our experienced team of doctors and surgeons specialize in treating congenital heart disease – heart defects that are present at birth.

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Award-winning heart care

Penn State Children’s Heart Group treats kids and adults who need surgery to correct congenital heart defects. Our success and survival rates are much higher than the national average.

Penn State Children’s Hospital has received a three-star rating for congenital heart surgery (the highest available) from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (for the rating period January 2012-December 2015).

Patient-centered care

No two patients are alike. That’s why our specialists take the time to listen to each family and referring physician. We then develop a treatment and rehabilitation plan that best meets your child’s needs.

We are dedicated to helping your child live an active lifestyle. And whenever possible, we look for ways to treat your child’s condition without surgery. When surgery is needed, we have the experience and expertise to help give you peace of mind.

Team approach

Each specialist on our team is trained in diagnosing and caring for heart defects in children. Kids benefit from the combined expertise of:

  • Cardiac surgeons (doctors with special training in operating on the heart and blood vessels)
  • Cardiologists (doctors with special training in treating the heart and blood vessels)
  • Intensivists (doctors with special training in treating critically ill patients)
  • Anesthesiologists (doctors with special training in giving patients pain medication during surgery)
  • Neonatologists (doctors with special training in caring for newborn infants)
  • Nurses
  • Cardiopulmonary perfusionists (heart/lung machine specialists)