About the Division of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
The Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery provides surgical intervention for infants, children, and young adults with:
- Congenital and acquired cardiac and vascular diseases
- Congenital abnormalities of the tracheobronchial tree
- Abnormalities of the chest wall
Experts in Treating Pediatric Cardiovascular Diseases
The Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery forms an integral part of the Heart Institute at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and is the leading provider of comprehensive pediatric cardiovascular services in Western Pennsylvania.
The division has the lowest overall four-year surgical mortality rate among medium- and high-volume programs in the country with a rate of 1.1%, according to the latest data compiled by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (2008-2012).
The program specializes in:
- Pediatric heart failure
- Heart and lung transplantation
- Mechanical circulatory support
Pediatric nurse practitioners and physicians’ assistants conduct an ongoing education program to help parents and patients understand the required surgery, and the likely benefits and risks, in an age-appropriate way.