Cardiothoracic Surgery

About Our Cardiothoracic Surgery Services

UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh provides cardiothoracic surgery for children with congenital:

  • Heart and vascular diseases.
  • Tracheobronchial tree problems.
  • Chest wall abnormalities.

Surgical services include:

The Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at Children's also:

Top-Rated for Cardiothoracic Surgery Outcomes

Children’s pediatric cardiovascular surgery program has outcomes that are among the highest in the nation. Children’s had one of the lowest overall four-year surgical mortality rates among all high-volume programs with a mortality rate under 2 percent and was awarded a 3-Star rating by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (2012-2016), one of only eleven programs to receive this distinction. Nationally, the average mortality rate for all pediatric cardiovascular programs was 3.1 percent during the same reporting period.


Cardiothoracic Surgery Programs for Patients and Parents

Our nurse practitioners and physician assistants conduct an ongoing program to help patients and parents learn about cardiothoracic surgery.

Staff members also serve as caring liaisons between families and members of the health care team.

Referral Requirements for Cardiothoracic Surgery

The Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh requires referrals from primary care doctors or other Children’s Hospital specialists.

Patients enrolled in managed care insurance plans also may require authorization from their insurance provider and doctor.

We must receive all necessary referral and authorization forms before your child's visit.

For accurate provider numbers or to learn more, call the Heart Institute at Children's at 412-692-5540.

More About Heart and Vascular Surgery 2017 report

  • Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery Report (PDF), prepared by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) and covering the years 2012–2015, provides data that will help improve the quality and control the costs of health care in Pennsylvania.



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    Floor 3
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224