Heart Center: Cardiothoracic Surgery

Cardiothoracic Surgery is a subspecialty that manages the structures of the chest and blood vessels of the body, including the heart and lungs. Together with a highly skilled team of cardiologists, intensivists and anesthesiologists, the cardiothoracic surgeons on the Heart Center’s medical staff are dedicated to treating children with heart disease.

Our cardiac surgery program performs more than 500 total cardiac surgical procedures and more than 350 open-heart procedures each year. To meet the extraordinary demand of one of the most active cardiac centers in the nation, we recently added a new 22-bed Step-down Unit dedicated to cardiac care and cardiac surgery patients. The center also features a 20-bed state-of-the-art pediatric cardiac intensive care unit, which is the only one in North Texas staffed full-time with cardiac intensivists.

Procedures performed or problems diagnosed and treated:

  • Repair of all congenital defects
  • Repair/replacement of dysfunctional heart valves
  • Cardiac assist devices including balloon pumps, left ventricular assist devices and the Berlin heart
  • Heart transplantation
  • Pediatric thoracic surgery
  • Pacemaker implantation
  • Cardiac defibrillator implantation
  • ECMO

Research Interests

  • Congenital heart surgery outcomes
  • Neurologic outcomes after pediatric heart surgery
  • Optimization of cardiopulmonary support during pediatric heart surgery

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Additional Services

  • Comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis
  • Multidisciplinary, comprehensive inpatient care
  • Multidisciplinary outpatient services
  • Referral/consultation
  • Discharge planning
  • Speaker’s bureau

One of the busiest transport departments in the nation, conducting about 4,800 transports by ambulance, helicopter and jet monthly.