Rady Children’s Cardiovascular/Cardiothoracic Division performs about 500 surgeries a year, exclusively for the treatment of congenital heart defects.

best-childrens-hospitals-cardiologyFor five years, U.S. News & World Report has ranked our Heart Surgery program among the nation’s best in its “Best Children’s Hospital” edition.

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Thanks to Rady Children’s renowned cardiac team, Kellan is healthy and full of life. Read his heartwarming story.

Complemented by leading programs in pediatric electrophysiologyinterventional cardiologyprenatal/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.

Division Achievements:

  • 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.
  • Is a high-volume program with surgical outcomes among the best in the nation.
  • Participates in multiple clinical and basic research projects designed to evaluate and treat complex forms of congenital heart disease.

In the News

  • Rady Site of Second Pediatric Heart Transplant, sdnews.com 
  • 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
  • 11-Year-Old Boy Undergoes First SD Pediatric Heart Transplant, sdnews.com

    11-year-old boy undergoes first SD pediatric heart transplant

    Read more: San Diego Community News Group – 11 year old boy undergoes first SD pediatric heart transplant

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