Patient Outcomes at the Heart Institute at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

UPMC Children's Hospital's heart and vascular surgery program has outcomes that are among the highest in the nation. Our outcomes show why we're a world-renowned leader in the advanced treatment of children's heart disease.

The Heart Institute at UPMC Children's:

  • Had 1 of the lowest 4-year surgical death rates among all high-volume heart programs at under 2%.
  • From 2016 to 2020, our program has received consecutive Three-Star ratings from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
  • Is a world-leading center for children's heart and lung transplants, with survival rates among the highest in the U.S. And we've had no operative lung transplant deaths since 2004.
  • Is a global leader in the advanced treatment of congenital heart disease.
  • Is 1 of a few children's hospitals in the U.S. that offers a certified extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support (ECMO) transport program.
  • Is a national leader in the design and use of artificial hearts for kids.
  • Leads the way in telehealth through remote monitoring of children's heart critical care units around the world.

Children's Heart Institute by the Numbers (FY 2020)

  • 13,000 patient visits.
  • 17,000 EKGs.
  • 74 electrophysiology (EP) tests.
  • 7 transplants.
  • 11 biopsies.
  • More than 550 cardiothoracic surgeries.
  • More than 250 interventional heart caths.
  • More than 120 diagnostic heart cath tests.

Learn More About Heart Surgery at UPMC Children's

Children's and Congenital Heart Surgery Report from the PHC4.