Rady Children’s Cardiovascular/Cardiothoracic Division performs about 500 surgeries a year, exclusively for the treatment of congenital heart defects. Our outcomes are among the best in the nation.
For six years, U.S. News & World Report has ranked our Heart Surgery program among the nation’s best in its “Best Children’s Hospital” edition.
Complemented by leading programs in pediatric electrophysiology, interventional cardiology, prenatal/pediatric cardiac diagnostics and affiliated high-risk obstetrics, the Division provides an integrated approach to the treatment of the full spectrum of complex congenital heart problems in newborns to adults.
Our highly skilled surgeons use advanced surgical strategies and techniques – including hybrid procedures – to achieve optimal outcomes and to make the surgery as safe as possible. Areas of special concentration include:
- The surgical treatment of complex newborn heart defects, such as hypoplastic left heart syndrome.
- Complex reconstructive surgery in previously operated on children or adults.
- Integration of catheter-based therapies with surgery to reduce risk.
- Integration of advanced electrophysiologic testing, arrhythmia ablation and surgery.
- Minimally invasive and cosmetic approaches to open heart surgery, where appropriate.
- Heart transplant surgery
We also have a state-of-the-art Acute Cardiac Unit, which brings a new level of care for cardiac and cardiovascular surgery patients requiring specialized services.
Along with providing expert surgical care, we participte in evidence-based research through Rady Children’s Heart Institute. Through this research, we seek to advance the field of pediatric cardiovascular surgery.
- Has a three-star designation from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, placing our program in the highest quality tier for cardiac surgery performance. See our outcomes.
- First in San Diego to have a 3-D Heart Modeling Program.
- Successfully performed Rady Children’s first heart transplant on Jan. 14, 2015. Read more.
- Is the primary cardiovascular surgery referral program for the state of Hawaii.
- Participates in multiple clinical and basic research projects designed to evaluate and treat complex forms of congenital heart disease.
In the News
- Patients Share Heart Operation Stories at Rady Children’s Hospital, Times of San Diego, features John Lamberti, M.D.
- Rady Children’s Hospital First to Use 3D Heart Printing in San Diego, Fox 5 San Diego, features John Lamberti, M.D., and Sanjeet Hegde, M.D.
- Woman Travels Across Country to Meet Lifesaving Doctor, yourerie.com, features John Lamberti, M.D.
- American Heart Association Presents the Heart Ignite Award, San Diego Magazine, features John Lamberti, M.D.
- Baby Makes History With Heart Transplant, Fox 5 San Diego
- 2 Twins, 2 Hearts in Two Months, U-T San Diego
- Rady Site of Second Pediatric Heart Transplant, SD News
- Child Heart Transplant a San Diego First, U-T San Diego
- 11-Year-Old Heart Transplant Patient, 1st in San Diego, Goes Home, Times of San Diego
- Rady Children’s Doctors Perform Hospital’s First Pediatric Heart Transplant, Transplant Families
- 11-Year-Old Boy Undergoes First SD Pediatric Heart Transplant, SD News
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