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Children's Hospital Foundation Heart Center

Heart surgery for children

Our cardiac surgery specialists bring state-of-the-art training, knowledge and experience to operate on children with the rarest heart conditions, so you know that your child is in the best hands. 

Our acclaimed cardiac surgery team is led by Dr. Thomas Yeh, co-director of the Children's Hospital Foundation Heart Center and chief of cardiac surgery. Dr. Yeh is the most experienced pediatric cardiac surgeon in the state of Virginia, bringing 20 years of experience operating and caring for thousands of children with congenital heart disease.

Before, during and after surgery, your child is intensively evaluated, and compassionately and meticulously cared for by a team of pediatric super specialists in cardiology, anesthesia, perfusion, neonatal and pediatric intensive care, who know what makes a young heart unique, what it takes to get them through, and how important those hearts are to the families that love them.

Our top priority before, during and after heart surgery is your child

Neuromonitoring: The safest place for your child's brain to have heart surgery

Heart surgery can be a vulnerable time for a young child’s developing brain and many centers are interested in minimizing this vulnerability. CHoR is one of few centers in the world that employ advanced multimodality neuromonitoring. Trained neurophysiologists monitor your child’s brain, before, during and after the procedure. Using five different types of neuromonitoring (oxygen levels, EEG, blood flow, deep brain stem and spinal cord monitoring) arms our team with state of the art information that we aggressively use to not only protect your child’s brain, but their future, and in turn, their best life. Ask our team about this critical capability.

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery

In an era when survival after heart surgery is excellent, we turn our attention to enhancing a child’s rapid recovery after surgery. CHoR is leading the way. Because of these enhancements, many children safely return home only 2-3 days after open heart surgery. Carefully controlling the level of anesthesia, removing the breathing tube in the operating room, and getting your child up and out of bed as soon as possible make for a speedy recovery. Your doctor will talk with you about what is safe and appropriate for your child.


Caring for the whole family: Preparing families for what to expect when facing heart surgery

We know that your child – and you – can worry when facing heart surgery. Not only are we experts in the operating room, but we are committed to answering your questions, and helping you prepare by understanding what to expect.

Our heart center team provides surgical expertise on common and rare heart conditions 

As part of a comprehensive pediatric heart center, our physicians handle both common and rare surgeries, including:

  • Aortic coarctation
  • Aortic arch repair
  • Aortic root replacement
    • Valve sparing aortic root replacement
    • Ross procedure
    • Bentall procedure
  • Cardiac tumor removal
  • Cor triatriatum
  • Coronary artery abnormalities
  • Double outlet right ventricle
  • Nikaidoh procedure (for transposition, VSD, pulmonary stenosis)
  • Pacemaker placement
  • Partial anomalous pulmonary venous return
  • Patent ductus arteriosus ligation (PDA ligation)
  • Pectus excavatum (Nuss procedure)
  • Pectus carinatum (orthotic bracing)
  • Pulmonary embolectomy
  • Septal defects
    • Atrial septal defects (ASD)
      • Secundum atrial septal defect (ASD)
      • Ostium primum atrial septal defect (ASD)
      • Sinus venosus atrial septal defect (ASD)
      • Scimitar Syndrome
    • Ventricular septal defects (VSD)
    • Atrioventricular septal defects (AV canal defects)
  • Single ventricle repairs staged surgical repair (mitral atresia, tricuspid atresia, double inlet left ventricle, double inlet right ventricle)
    • Initial palliation (Stage 1)
      • Norwood operation for hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS, Stage 1)
      • Hybrid procedure for hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS, Hybrid Stage 1)
        • Placement of bilateral pulmonary artery bands
        • Atrial septostomy or stent implantation
        • Ductal stenting
      • Damus Kaye Stansel procedure
      • BT shunts, Blalock Taussig shunts
      • Pulmonary artery banding
    • Bidirectional cavopulmonary shunt (Glenn procedure) (Stage 2)
    • Fontan operation (Stage 3)
  • Subaortic stenosis
  • Supravalve aortic stenosis
  • Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)
  • Total anomalous pulmonary venous return (TAPVR)
  • Transposition of the great arteries (TGA) - arterial switch
  • Truncus arteriosus
  • Valve repairs (and replacements):
    • Aortic valve repair
    • Mitral valve repair
    • Pulmonary valve repair
    • Tricuspid valve repair (including Ebstein’s anomaly)
  • Vascular rings/Pulmonary artery slings
  • Yasui procedure

Aubrey's best interest

Aubrey's parents have full confidence in Dr. Yeh and the Heart Center team.

 "We really feel like he has Aubrey’s best interest at heart ALL the time." 

Thomas Yeh
Thomas Yeh MD, PhD, FACS Cardiothoracic surgery, Chest wall, Cardiology Read more
Sherly Jacob
Sherly Jacob MS, RN, NP-C Cardiology, Cardiothoracic surgery Read more
Sherri Maters
Sherri Maters MS, RN, CPN, NP-C Cardiology, Cardiothoracic surgery Read more
Christos Calaritis
Christos Calaritis CPC, CCC, FPP, B.Sc. Cardiothoracic surgery, Cardiology, Perfusion Read more
John Miller
John Miller CCP, CPC, PBMS, FPP Cardiology, Cardiothoracic surgery, Perfusion Read more


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