Congenital Cardiac Program

Pediatric cardiac surgery is not just cardiac surgeons operating on small people. It requires training beyond that required of surgeons who treat adults, and many years of specialized experience to give surgeons the skills they need to operate on the hearts of infants and children. The delicate structure of their small hearts also demands expertise in special surgical instruments and medical equipment. 

Infants and children with congenital heart disease present with a variety of heart problems ranging from relatively simple issues to complex disorders that can require multiple operations over many years. As a result, every child is different, and so is every case. At Yale Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, we customize each patient's care based on a multidisciplinary approach that draws in experts from different specialties, each dedicated to finding precisely the right course of treatment for each child. 

Our partnership between Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center offers the most comprehensive cardiac treatment options available in Connecticut, with access to state-of-the-art facilities that offer the latest surgical and diagnostic technologies. Together, our renowned teams of pediatric surgeons and specialists are dedicated to helping infants, children, adolescents, and adults with congenital heart defects lead better lives.

Yale's Pediatric Cardiac Surgery program is recognized for excellence in clinical care, innovative treatment strategies, prenatal screening, neonatal heart surgery, and groundbreaking research.

Respecting Each Family's Choices

For some children, there can be more than one accepted approach to treat their heart disease, and our philosophy is to involve the family in the decision-making process every step of the way. Yale Pediatric Cardiac Surgery respects each family's right to guide their children's care, and our caring team will work with you to identify the course of treatment that is consistent with your values. 

Our skilled surgeons are experts in innovative “blood conservation” techniques, and our state-of-the-art facilities offer the surgical and monitoring equipment needed for this kind of specialized care. If avoidance of blood transfusions is a priority for the family, our team will discuss the options and make all efforts to satisfy parental preferences.