Heart Institute

Heart Surgery at Children's Hospital Colorado


Welcome to the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Children’s Hospital Colorado. We’re here for one thing: your child’s heart. Our cardiac care team is recognized for outstanding outcomes using state-of-the-art technology, making our Heart Institute one of the best centers in the nation for heart surgery. We provide world-class surgical care to patients with heart defects, from babies to adults.

Why choose Children’s Hospital Colorado for cardiac surgery?

Our board-certified cardiothoracic surgeons are some of the best, with national and international reputations as leaders in heart surgery for kids. Our surgeons use a variety of techniques to correct heart problems including minimally-invasive, open-heart and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery.

We specialize in surgical care for congenital heart defects present at birth, with special interest in complex surgical repair in infants during the neonatal period (the first month after birth). This includes the Norwood procedure, pulmonary atresia, atrioventricular septal defect, transposition of the great arteries and Ebstein anomaly. Our cardiac surgeons also co-lead one of the largest heart transplantation programs in the country.

Learn about our patient outcomes.  

A team of experts committed to your child’s heart

The Heart Institute prides itself on bringing together a team of experts who focus on individualized care for infants, kids and teens with heart defects. Our dedicated cardiac ICU nurses, cardiac anesthesiologists and cardiac surgeons specialize in caring for little hearts before, during and after surgery.

Support for the entire family

We know how stressful hospitalization or surgery can be – not just for a child, but for the entire family. That’s why we focus on family-centered care, which means supporting and involving parents in all aspects of your child’s care and allowing your family to be with your child as much as possible during a hospital stay.

We’re also committed to keeping your family informed throughout the entire process by educating you about your child’s surgery, providing updates during the actual procedure, and staying in regular communication after discharge to help ensure a smooth recovery.

Improving care through research and experience

The Department of Cardiovascular Surgery is dedicated to providing the highest quality care to your child. By performing more surgeries than any other center in the region, our heart surgeons have unmatched experience and patient survival statistics as good as – or better – than most of the large centers in the country. 

Our surgeons are also committed to finding new and improved ways to treat heart defects and disease. With strong scientific backgrounds and expertise in clinical and basic science research, our surgeons are leading the way in scientific innovation.

Outstanding surgeons make outstanding teachers

Children's Colorado is one of a handful of hospitals in the nation offering fellowship training in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery. This means that your child is treated by experts who are not only outstanding surgeons, but also outstanding teachers committed to training the next generation of cardiac surgical specialists.