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Heart or lung surgery is scary at any age, but particularly for children, as well as their families. However, the good news is that pediatric cardiothoracic surgery is safer and more effective than ever. In fact, many young patients lead healthy, normal lives following surgery.

At the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, we provide the most advanced heart and lung surgical procedures for infants, children, teens and adults with congenital heart disease. 


Pediatric cardiothoracic surgeries offered include:

  • Transposition of the great arteries
  • Ventricular septal defect repair
  • Atrial septal defect repair
  • Valve repair
  • Repair of a previous heart surgery
  • Adult congenital heart disease

Each year, the Cohen Children’s Heart Center provides more than 14,000 inpatient and outpatient visits at the main campus and specialty care centers throughout the region. Our patients have access to state-of-the-art noninvasive imaging modalities which include:

  • Fetal echocardiograms
  • Transthoracic 2-dimensional
  • 3-dimensional and transesophageal (TEE) echocardiograms
  • Cardiac MRI
  • Low dose cardiac CT

Heart rhythm disorders can be diagnosed and assessed by standard ECG or 24-hours Holter monitors, as well as event and loop monitors. When appropriate, cardiac diagnostic catheterization, intervention, as well as diagnostic and therapeutic electrophysiology/ablation are available.

Professional resources and education

Professional education

The Children's Heart Center at Cohen Children’s Medical Center is committed to its role as a leading academic center in pediatric cardiology through weekly and monthly conferences. These learning opportunities are designed for educating physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals on the latest diagnostic and therapeutic modalities in pediatric cardiology and pediatric cardiothoracic surgery.

Cardiac Catheterization and Surgical Conference

Cardiac Catheterization and Surgical Conference is held weekly on Monday afternoons at the Children's Heart Center for cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, critical care physicians, physicians-in-training and nurses to discuss patients with heart disease. This multidisciplinary conference offers an opportunity to review and discuss patients with complex and challenging cardiovascular issues.

Physicians in private practice and from other institutions are always invited to present their own patients for discussion.

Pediatric Grand Rounds

Pediatric Grand Rounds at Cohen Children’s Medical Center is available on your computer via streaming media. Presentations are approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit for up to one year from the presentation date.

Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program

The Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program at Cohen Children’s Medical Center is a three-year program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education that provides comprehensive training in all aspects of clinical cardiology, education and research. The Children's Heart Center at Cohen Children's strives to provide exceptional teaching and mentoring to guide our fellows to become skilled pediatric cardiologists, scholarly thinkers, critical investigators and valuable members of the pediatric cardiology community. Learn more about the Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program.