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Pediatric Heart Surgery

At St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, we have one of the largest pediatric cardiovascular surgical volumes in the Southeastern United States. You can have the utmost confidence that your child is in the most qualified hands available with our pediatric surgeons. Our pediatric cardiovascular surgical team performs hundreds of cardiac surgical procedures a year and treats all types of congenital and acquired heart disorders.

Our Dedicated Team: What You Should Know

  • Top program: St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital has partnered with the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC for pediatric heart services. The Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC ranks as the top pediatric cardiovascular surgery program in the country with the lowest overall four-year surgical mortality rate among all medium- and high-volume programs, according to the latest data compiled by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (2008-2012).
  • Specialized care: We are nationally known as a comprehensive center for children with single ventricle heart disease, specializing in simple and complex forms of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS).
  • Excellent survival rates: 99% surgical survival (up to 30 days after surgery) and 96.4% long term survival
  • Minimal scarring: We use cosmetic (bikini) incisions for female patients with congenital heart defects when minimally invasive techniques are not possible.
  • Family-focused ICU: Our special, family-centered pediatric cardiac intensive care unit is always ready with open arms.
  • For children only: Our dedicated, pediatric cardiovascular team offers superior care.

Pediatric Heart Surgery: Conditions We Treat

At St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, our cardiovascular team surgically manages all types of congenital and acquired cardiac defects including the primary repair and treatment of complex congenital heart defects in neonates. In addition, we have a special interest in the comprehensive care of patients with certain cardiac defects including:

St. Joseph's Children's Heart Center: Our Specialties

Cardiac Anesthesia Prepared Especially for Children

A specialized cardiac anesthesiology team ensures continuity of care for all pediatric cardiac patients, including children who require other types of surgery. We closely monitor and manage postoperative pain for our young patients, too.

For more information, call the Children’s Heart Center of Excellence at (813) 870-4135.


St. Joseph's Children's Hospital of Tampa • 3001 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. • Tampa, FL 33607 • (813) 554-8500