One of the most successful cardiac surgical programs in the country is located at Children’s Hospital, where cardiac surgeons offer complete repair of complex congenital heart defects. Our strength stems from the expertise of our surgeons, who in addition to their skilled surgical approach, closely monitor patients long after they leave the operating room. Cardiac nurses and technicians provide around-the-clock care until patients are able to return home.
The Heart Center at Children’s Hospital is recognized nationally as a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of patients, from fetus to adult, with congenital cardiovascular disorders. Our accomplished and dedicated team of specialists includes physicians and surgeons, nurses and support staff who are trained to care for the unique needs of children whose levels of care range from basic to highly critical. Our staff is focused on ensuring the most sophisticated quality of care in a compassionate, comfortable and convenient environment. Our goal is to enhance the quality of life for every child. Each year, nearly 2,000 children and adults from throughout the world visit Children’s Hospital for cardiology services. Our cardiothoracic surgeons perform more than 450 surgical procedures a year. Approximately half of these are performed on children younger than age 1. A full range of congenital heart disease surgeries using the most advanced surgical techniques is performed at Children’s Hospital. These include: · Septal defects · Valvular and coronary artery anomalies · Coarctation of the aorta · Interrupted or hypoplastic aortic arch · Tetrology of Fallot · Transposition of the great arteries · Total anomalous pulmonary venous return · Ebstein’s anomaly · Truncus arteriosus · Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) or single ventricle variants (e.g. tricuspid atresia) require a staged surgical approach including the Norwood procedure during the newborn period, Glenn Shunt later in infancy and the Fontan procedure in early childhood. Our cardiac surgeons also specialize in the repair of chest wall deformities including pectus excavatum and carinatum, repair of diseases involving the lungs, pleura or diaphragm as well as implantation of pacemakers.
Joseph Caspi, MD Director of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, Children’s Hospital Director of Congenital Heart Transplant Program, Children's Hospital Professor of Surgery, Section of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans
Professional School: Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel
Timothy William Pettitt, MD Director of ECMO Services and Special Assistive Devices, Children's Hospital Associate Professor of Surgery, Section of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans
Professional School: UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ
Specialty Training: Washington University of Medicine, St. Louis
Special Interests: Congenital heart surgery
In Area Since: 1999 In Practice Since: 1990
Jaime Dorotan, MD Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Children's Hospital Assistant Professor of Surgery
Medical Training: University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Phillipines
Specialty Training: University of Maryland, Baltimore