Rady Children’s Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, part of the Heart Institute, performs more than 500 surgeries a year, exclusively for the treatment of congenital heart defects. Our outcomes are among the best in the nation.

Carson is thriving with his new heart thanks to our expert Heart Transplant team. Read about his harrowing journey.

U.S. News BadgeComplemented by leading programs in pediatric electrophysiology, interventional 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:

  • Surgical treatment of complex newborn heart defects, such as hypoplastic left heart syndrome.
  • Heart transplant surgery for children with symptoms of heart failure.
  • 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, when appropriate.

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 participate in evidence-based research through Rady Children’s Heart Institute. Through this research, we seek to advance the field of pediatric cardiovascular surgery.

Video: Dr. John J. Nigro discusses our nationally recognized Cardiovascular Surgery program

Division Achievements:

  • 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.

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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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