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Rady Children's Specialists

Cardiovascular Surgery


Rady Children’s Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, part of the Heart Institute, performs surgeries exclusively for the treatment of congenital heart defects. Our outcomes are among the best in the nation, and we are unwavering in our dedication to improving the lives of children, adolescents and adults.

U.S. News Best Hospitals BadgeComplemented 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.

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

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 expertise 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 Cardiothoracic ICU (CTICU), 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.

Why Choose Rady Children’s?

  • 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.
  • Participates in multiple clinical and basic research projects designed to evaluate and treat complex forms of congenital heart disease.
  • Named a California Children’s Services (CCS)-designated Center of Excellence, based on meeting strict quality outcomes criteria.

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Phone: 858-966-8030

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