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Children's Hospital Foundation Heart Center

Cardiothoracic surgery

Our cardiac surgery specialists bring the training, knowledge and experience to operate on children with even 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 heart center and chief of cardiac surgery. With 20 years of experience and thousands of successful pediatric heart surgeries, Dr. Yeh is the most experienced pediatric cardiac surgeon in Virginia.

Before, during and after surgery, your child is cared for by pediatric specialists who have intensive training and expertise in everything from what makes a young heart unique to how even the tiniest patients respond to anesthesia.

Surgical expertise

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

  • Automatic implantable cardiac defibrillator (AICD)
  • Aortic coarctation and aortic arch repair
  • Coronary artery abnormalities
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS)
    • Staged surgical repair
    • Stage 1: Norwood operation
    • Stage 2: Bidirectional Glenn operation
    • Stage 3: Fontan operation
    • Hybrid palliation
  • Placement of bilateral pulmonary artery bands
  • Ductal stenting
  • Atrial septostomy or stent implantation
  • Pacemaker placement and management
  • Septal defects
    • Atrial septal defects (ASD)
    • Ventricular septal defects (VSD)
    • Atrioventricular septal defects (AV canal defects)
  • Single ventricle repairs
    • BT shunt or pulmonary artery banding (PA Band) 
    • Glenn procedure
    • Fontan procedure
  • Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)
  • Total anomalous pulmonary venous return (TAPVR)
  • Transposition of the great arteries (TGA) - arterial switch repair
  • Truncus arteriosus
  • Valve repairs and replacements
    • Aortic, pulmonary, tricuspid, mitral valves
    • Ebstein's anomaly


Getting Henry's heart back on track

Preparing for surgery

We know that your child – and you – might be worried when facing surgery. Not only are we experts in the operating room, but we know how to answer your questions and how to help your whole family understand what to expect.

Thomas Yeh
Thomas Yeh MD, PhD, FACS Cardiothoracic surgery, Chest wall Read more
Sherri Maters
Sherri Maters MS, RN, CPN, NP-C Cardiology, Cardiothoracic surgery Read more
Sherly Jacob
Sherly Jacob MS, RN, NP-C Cardiology, Cardiothoracic surgery Read more
Daniel Millan
Daniel Millan MD, FAAP Anesthesiology, Cardiology, Cardiothoracic surgery Read more

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