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Excellence in Pediatric Heart Surgery


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At Nemours, our cardiac surgeons have the experience, skills and advanced technology required to provide swift diagnosis and repair in children of all ages with heart disease. We specialize in complex congenital (present at birth) heart disease (often called “congenital heart defects”), offering first-class pediatric heart surgery as well as minimally invasive surgical approaches and hybrid techniques (that combine traditional surgery with interventional catheterization techniques). 

Conditions We Treat

Conditions We Treat


We see a full spectrum of conditions — far too many to list here. The conditions we treat vary depending upon the location and providers selected. Don’t see a condition listed? Call us.

  • anomalous coronary artery
  • anomalous origin of the pulmonary artery
  • aortic disease
  • aortic stenosis
  • aortopulmonary (AP) window
  • atrial septal defect (ASD)
  • atrioventricular canal defect
  • cardiomyopathy
  • coarctation of the aorta
  • congenital mitral valve disease
  • congenital sinus of Valsalva aneurysm
  • cor triatriatum
  • dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)
  • double outlet right ventricle (DORV)
  • Ebstein's anomaly
  • heart arrhythmias
  • heart failure
  • heart murmurs
  • heterotaxy syndrome
  • high blood pressure and cholesterol
  • hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)
  • hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • interrupted aortic arch
  • levo-transposition of the great arteries
  • myocarditis
  • partially anomalous pulmonary venous return (PAPVR)
  • patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)
  • pulmonary artery sling
  • pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum (PA/IVS)
  • pulmonary embolism
  • pulmonary hypertension
  • pulmonary stenosis
  • pulmonary valve regurgitation
  • restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM)
  • single ventricle physiology and palliation
  • tetralogy of Fallot
  • total anomalous pulmonary venous return
  • transposition of the great arteries
  • tricuspid atresia
  • truncus arteriosus
  • unroofed coronary sinus syndrome
  • vascular ring anomaly
  • ventricular septal defect (VSD)
Why Choose Us

Why Choose Us


World-class heart care requires an experienced team with the compassion to understand your family's journey, and the expertise to heal even the most complex conditions. At Nemours, we're here every step of the way — from diagnosis to treatment and beyond. Our cardiac surgeons treat a vast array of heart defects in infants, children and teens, using the most innovative, up-to-date approaches. Our specialty is the early detection and repair of heart problems, so your child will have the best possible chance for a healthy future. 

Regional Pediatric Heart Surgery Highlights

Services, programs and care teams differ at each location. Call for details.

We offer comprehensive pediatric heart surgery at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, Del.), as well as consults and follow-ups at select Nemours duPont Pediatrics satellite locations.

  • physicians named Best Doctors in America®, year after year
  • national leaders in pediatric heart care and cardiothoracic surgery, with the experience, skills and advanced technology required to provide swift diagnosis and repair
  • excellent outcomes that place us among the top pediatric heart centers in the country
  • high patient and family satisfaction (in surveys, 100 percent of our patients said they would recommend us)
  • Magnet status for nursing excellence, the nation’s highest nursing credential
  • pioneering pediatric cardiology research, collaborating with researchers locally and nationally
  • one of only a few children’s hospitals nationwide named a Pediatric Heart Failure Institute by the Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium
  • state-of-the-art surgical suite (used exclusively for children with heart problems)
  • excellence in pediatric heart surgery, especially in treating single-ventricle defects (when babies are born with one working ventricle instead of two; includes defects like hypoplastic left heart syndrome)
  • dedicated cardiac anesthesiologists, available to provide anesthesia or sedation for cardiac or noncardiac procedures and to deliver the special care children with heart conditions need
  • heart transplant expertise, with the experience and resources to support transplant recipients in the short- and long-term
  • mechanical circulatory support (including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation/ECMO to take the place of children’s heart and lung functions if their own hearts are failing)
  • Award for Excellence in Life Support from the international Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) in 2013
  • only hospital in the region with an ECMO transport program
  • complete electrophysiology care to diagnose and treat arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms)
  • fully equipped pediatric cardiac intensive care unit (CICU)
  • Ronald McDonald House of Delaware , located across the street from the hospital for long hospital stays

Featured Programs

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We offer comprehensive pediatric heart surgery at Nemours Children’s Hospital (Orlando), as well as consults and follow-ups at select Nemours Children’s Specialty Care satellite locations.

  • physicians named Best Doctors in America®, year after year
  • focus on achieving the best possible outcomes, with participation in the national congenital heart surgery database for the Society for Thoracic Surgery (STS)
  • skilled management of single-ventricle defects like hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS)
  • expertise in neonatal surgery (operations on newborns)
  • surgical treatment for heart failure and post-heart transplantation care (mechanical circulatory support and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO)
  • heart valve repair and replacement
  • aortic surgery (surgery of the largest blood vessel coming from the heart)
  • thoracic surgery (chest surgery) 
  • electrophysiology and arrhythmia expertise in diagnosing and treating heart rhythm problems
  • dedicated cardiac anesthesiologists
  • state-of-the-art cardiac intensive care unit (CICU)
  • Ronald McDonald House at Nemours Children’s Hospital for long hospital stays

Featured Programs

We offer specialized programs such as:

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Patient Stories

Patient Stories


Boy who had surgery for heart defects.

Sometimes the best support and peace of mind comes from families who’ve been there. Meet some of the inspiring kids we’ve been honored to treat.

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