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Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

cardiac surgeon holds a baby with the parents standing next to himPediatric cardiac surgeon Luca Vricella, with a patient and family, is part of a team that performs more than 250 heart procedures each year.

Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Johns Hopkins, part of the Helen B. Taussig Congenital Heart Center, has a rich history, including the development in 1944 of the first open-heart surgery — known as the blue baby operation — to correct congenital heart defects in infants. Until then, most infants and children with congenital heart disease had no hope for a cure and died prematurely. After that first successful operation, hundreds of children traveled to Baltimore for surgery, and over the ensuing decades many more underwent ever more complex operations to correct anomalies.

Today that tradition of groundbreaking innovation continues with an experienced team of?pediatric cardiac surgeons performing more than 250 congenital cardiac procedures and pediatric heart transplant operations each year. Working with physicians and staff in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology, these surgeons provide the full spectrum of pediatric?heart surgery services for newborns, children and adolescents. These same highly skilled surgeons are committed to studying and evaluating new methods of surgical treatment and improving surgical outcomes through clinical and laboratory research.

Now equipped with the latest technology for both evaluating and treating pediatric heart disorders in the new Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center building,?the pediatric cardiac surgery team?is?providing services in an even more advanced environment.

Our Multidisciplinary Care Team

The Blalock-Taussig Pediatric Heart Team includes specialists from Pediatric Cardiac SurgeryPediatric Cardiology and Pediatric Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine.

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