Cardiothoracic Surgery

Pediatric Heart Surgery

The Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery Program is renowned in the Southwest for its comprehensive state-of-the-art surgical treatment of children, adolescents and adults with complex congenital and acquired heart disease.

Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect, affecting approximately eight of every 1,000 newborns. Infants up to 1 year of age make up half of the new patients with congenital heart disease. Some congenital heart defects are simple conditions that are safely fixed in infants, like coarctation of the aorta, tetrology of fallot, or ventricular septal defects. Complex congenital heart disease, such as transposition of the great arteries can also be fixed with one operation. Other problems, like hypoplastic left heart syndrome, require multiple difficult operations as the infant matures.

In addition to children who require further surgery as they grow and develop, older children make up the other half of new patients. We offer a sophisticated array of valve and single ventricle surgery with excellent long-term results.  We have an active program to repair or replace the aortic valve, including performing the Ross procedure, on both children and adults. We have experience with rare and unusual problems and a large experience with the Fontan procedure.

What Sets Us Apart

Our team includes experts in surgery, diagnostic and interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, cardiac imaging, anesthesia, and both neonatal and pediatric intensive care. The program has excellent support from nursing, pharmacy, and respiratory therapy. We offer the institutions expertise in ecmo, assist devices, and transplantation to critically ill patients in need of support. We recognize the value of each child and their family, offering them the best of care to help fulfill their life dreams.

Make an Appointment

For the best cardiothoracic surgical care in Tucson, Southern Arizona or the Southwest, make an appointment by calling  (520) 626-9572.