Heart Institute Pediatric Heart Surgery

Children with congenital heart defects need expert care from a team specially trained to understand a child’s unique needs. The board-certified pediatric heart surgeons at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, have experience in caring for children of all ages with heart defects, from newborns to young adults.

They work closely with a comprehensive care team that includes pediatric cardiologists, pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists, cardiac critical care physicians, nurses and others so that patients receive consistent care from the time of their diagnosis through follow-up after surgery. 

Among the procedures the team performs are:

  • Aortic valve repair/replacement
  • Arterial switch operation for transposition of the great arteries
  • Atrial septal defect repair
  • AV septal defect repair
  • Bi-directional Glenn procedure
  • Coarctation of aorta repair
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Fontan procedure
  • Heart transplant
  • Mitral valve repair/replacement
  • Patent ductus arteriosus repair
  • Pulmonary valve replacement
  • Surgical treatment for hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Tetralogy of Fallot repair
  • Total anomalous pulmonary venous connection
  • Truncus arteriosus repair
  • Tricuspid valve repair
  • Ventricular assist device (VAD)
  • Ventricular septal defect repair

What to Expect 

Before surgery, your child will have a preoperative appointment to make sure he or she is ready for surgery and so you can ask the medical team any questions you may have. Learn more about what to expect. 

After surgery, your child will be cared for in the hospital’s dedicated cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU) by our cardiac critical care physicians, and other specialists as needed. Learn more about the CVICU. 

  • Meet Our Team

    Learn more about the heart surgery team.

    Pediatric Heart Meet Our Team
  • Patient and Family Support

    We work to support your child and family during all stages of your child's treatment. Find out more about the resources available to you.

    Patient and Family Support

Get a Second Opinion

A second opinion from our experts can help you better understand your child's treatment options. 

Contact Us

For more information or to make an appointment, please give us a call at the phone number below. We serve families in the greater Tampa Bay area and beyond.

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Call 727-767-6666

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Read inspiring stories about our patients.

  • Heart Transplant: Maya’s Story

    With expert, compassionate care from the Heart Institute team at Johns Hopkins All Children’s, Maya was up and moving shortly after surgery for a heart transplant, never losing her big smile and spirited personality.

    Heart patient Maya with Dr. James Thompson at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
  • Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA): Emmanuel’s Story

    Born with critical heart defects, baby Emmanuel was just 7 months old when he was brought to Johns Hopkins All Children’s in need of advanced care. James Quintessenza, M.D., performed surgery that repaired his heart and prevented him from needing a transplant. Now Emmanuel can crawl and cruise on his own and loves playing with his big brother Miguel.

    Heart patient toddler Emmanuel playing outside on a slide at a park.
  • Left Atrial Isomerism: Annabelle’s Story

    Low oxygen levels caused by a complex heart condition led Annabelle’s doctors to initially recommend a heart transplant. But a rare surgery performed by James Quintessenza, M.D., to repair the way blood flows in her body has meant that Annabelle is able to avoid a heart transplant and can get back to embracing life as a teenager with a wide range of interests.

    Heart patient adolescent Annabelle with heart surgeon Dr. James Quintessenza at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital.