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Cardiac Surgery

Emile A. Bacha, MD
Chief, Congenital and Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
NewYork-Presbyterian Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children's Health

Each year, pediatric cardiac surgeons at the NewYork-Presbyterian Congenital Heart Center perform more than 700 heart operations, including some 25 heart transplants, 175 newborn heart repairs, and 100 adult congenital heart repairs. We are proud to tell you we have the highest survival rate in New York State for pediatric heart surgery, and one of the highest nationwide — even though our surgeons routinely treat some of the most complex cases, with many patients referred from other institutions.

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The Congenital Heart Center, a combined program of NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children's Health/Weill Cornell Medical Center, takes a fully integrated approach to the treatment of complex heart conditions in patients of all ages, from newborns to adults. It is one of the first and most preeminent pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery centers and one of the major pediatric transplant centers in the nation.

In 2013-14, the children's hospitals of NewYork-Presbyterian were ranked #1 in New York. Our heart transplant volume was also the highest in the nation. Our specialists are available for consultations and second opinions, evaluation, and treatment.

Our Surgical Goals

The most important measure of a center's experience and expertise in pediatric cardiovascular surgery is the quality of its outcomes. Our surgical goals are to:

  • Make family-centered care a priority, involving you in the treatment process
  • Minimize "surgical trauma" by reducing length of surgery, time on the ventilator, and recovery in the Intensive Care Unit
  • Make this the first and last surgery your child will ever need
  • Practice transfusion-free surgery whenever possible
  • Use small incisions, with minimal scarring and cosmetically pleasing results
  • Share data to help healthcare providers and families make informed decisions
Comprehensive and Seamless Care

We have a distinguished roster of highly skilled and experienced cardiovascular surgeons, including three national leaders specializing in complex surgery in newborns, hybrid minimally invasive surgery, and transplant/assist devices. We offer your child not only cardiovascular expertise, but all the subspecialties needed to treat a complex heart problem -- from fetal diagnosis to neonatal intensive care, non-invasive imaging, and specialized pediatric cardiac anesthesiology.

The seamless integration of our Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery Divisions ensures that patients who require surgery receive continuity of care throughout their treatment and recovery. As a major national and international referral center for children and adults with congenital heart disease, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital offers a 24/7 transfer program -- accessible by calling 1-800-NYP-STAT -- which physicians can use to coordinate patient transfers when tertiary and quaternary care are required.

Because we know patients and their families are increasingly well educated and use the Internet to research doctors and hospitals, we strongly believe in transparency, allowing both practitioners and parents to have convenient access to data that help them make their own informed decisions. We therefore provide a summary of outcomes for some of our most commonly performed pediatric and adult cardiac congenital surgical procedures. Data are presented in accordance with the Society of Thoracic Surgeons congenital cardiac surgery database guidelines.

For more information about our programs, please feel free to contact us at (212) 305-5975.

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