Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery

Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery

Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery at Penn State Children's Hospital

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

Make an appointment by calling 717-531-2050

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.

Society of Thoracic Surgeons Three-Star Rating

Image result for society of thoracic surgeons national participant logo.The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) awarded Penn State Children’s Heart Group a three-star rating for congenital heart surgery - the highest designation available. The international nonprofit organization represents cardiothoracic surgeons, researchers and other health care professionals.

The latest STS report is based on national data over a four-year period, from July 2013 to June 2017, and includes most of the congenital heart surgery programs in the U.S. The Children’s Hospital is one of 11 in the nation to receive a three-star rating.

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)