Cardiothoracic (CT) Surgery at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Welcome to the Cardiothoracic Surgery program at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, part of Children’s Hospital’s world-renowned Heart Institute.

Our Cardiothoracic Surgery team is here to provide advanced care to patients of all ages with congenital heart disease. We are proud to achieve outstanding outcomes, as recognized by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and other major national forums.

Contact the Experts at the CT Surgery Program

Our expert team members are always available to offer a consultation or second opinion for you or your child.

For CT surgery appointments, you will need a referral from your child's PCP or a Children's Hospital specialist.

For patients outside the United States, contact our International Services Department at +1-412-692-3000 or

For patients within the United States, contact the Heart Institute at 412-692-5218 or email us at

Why Choose the CT Surgery Program at UPMC Children’s

Our Cardiothoracic Surgery program provides advanced care to patients with congenital heart disease. Led by Victor Morell, MD, our multidisciplinary team offers:

  • Comprehensive evaluation and treatment for pediatric patients with heart problems, including hybrid interventions with minimally invasive approaches.
  • Complex surgical repairs for kids with congenital heart disease, including hypoplastic left heart syndrome and valve abnormalities.
  • Mechanical heart-lung support — such as ventricular assist devices and ECMO — for kids who have severe heart or breathing problems.
  • ICU management for infants and kids with heart diseases.
  • Surgery for heart rhythm problems.
  • Heart and lung transplants.
  • Ongoing programs to help kids and parents learn about CT surgery.