Children's Hospital Colorado
Heart institute
Heart institute

Pediatric Heart Surgery

We’re here for one thing: your child’s heart. The Cardiac Surgery Program at Children's Hospital Colorado is recognized for outstanding outcomes using state-of-the-art technology, making our Heart Institute one of the best centers in the nation for pediatric heart surgery. We provide world-class surgical care to patients with heart defects, such as congenital heart disease, from babies to adults.

Why choose Children’s Hospital Colorado for pediatric cardiac surgery?

Our board-certified cardiothoracic surgeons are some of the best, with national and international reputations as leaders in heart surgery for kids and even fetal cardiac defects. Our surgeons use various of techniques to correct heart problems, including minimally-invasive surgery, pediatric open-heart surgery and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery.

We specialize in surgery for congenital heart defects present at birth, with special expertise in complex surgical repair in infants during the neonatal period (the first month after birth). This includes the Norwood procedure, pulmonary atresia, atrioventricular septal defect, transposition of the great arteries and Ebstein anomaly. Our cardiac surgeons also co-lead one of the largest heart transplantation programs in the country.

See why our outcomes make us one of the top heart hospitals

A team of experts committed to your child’s heart

The Heart Institute prides itself on bringing together a team of experts who focus on individualized care for infants, kids and teens with heart defects. Our dedicated cardiac ICU nurses, cardiac anesthesiologists and cardiac surgeons specialize in caring for little hearts before, during and after surgery.

What to expect from your child's heart surgery




Support for the entire family

We know how stressful hospitalization or surgery can be – not just for a child, but for the entire family. That’s why we focus on family-centered care, which means supporting and involving parents in all aspects of your child’s care and allowing your family to be with your child as much as possible during a hospital stay.

We’re also committed to keeping your family informed throughout the entire process by educating you about your child’s heart surgery, providing updates during the procedure and staying in regular communication after discharge to help ensure a smooth recovery.

Improving care through research and experience

The Department of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery is dedicated to providing the highest quality care to your child. By performing more surgeries than any other center in the region, our heart surgeons have unmatched experience and patient survival statistics as good as – or better – than most of the large pediatric cardiovascular surgery centers in the country. 

Our surgeons are also committed to finding new and improved ways to treat heart defects and disease. With strong scientific backgrounds and expertise in clinical and basic science research, our surgeons are leading the way in scientific innovation.

Outstanding heart surgeons make outstanding teachers

Children's Colorado is one of a handful of hospitals in the nation offering fellowship training in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery. This means that your child is treated by experts who are not only outstanding surgeons, but also outstanding teachers committed to training the next generation of cardiac surgical specialists.

Common heart conditions that require pediatric heart surgery

Learn more about your visit to the Heart Institute.


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Three-year-old girl runs the Bolder Boulder

July 29, 2019

Cuy Kepler’s parents learned that her heart wasn't functioning properly when she was 3 months old. Experts at Children's Colorado's Heart Institute performed lifesaving surgery days later. Now, at just 3 years old, Cuy's training for her first 10K race.

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This boy climbed Mt. Sherman only a couple of months after a heart procedure

November 19, 2018

Beau was diagnosed with coarctation of the aorta, a congenital heart defect. About three months after his procedure at Children's Colorado, he climbed Mt. Sherman: his first 14er.

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Baby Makes History as the First Patient in the Region to Receive Stem-Cell Therapy for HLHS

September 9, 2018

Thanks to a special partnership between Children’s Colorado and Mayo Clinic, baby Calista became the first patient in Colorado to receive regenerative therapy for a rare congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). Children’s Colorado is the only hospital in the region offering access to this groundbreaking clinical trial.

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