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Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

Cardiothoracic surgeons at the MUSC Children's Heart Center excel in the full range of surgical procedures for congenital, pediatric and acquired cardiac disorders. More than 350 major operations are performed annually. Our specialists treat patients from birth, through the teenage years and, in the case of congenital heart disease, into adulthood.

Our comprehensive surgery program is the only one in South Carolina, and, with an overall 30-day survival rate of 99%, ranks among the best in the world. The combination of specialized advanced technology and an individualized approach to each patient in an intimate, attentive environment ensures this continued success. The number of surgical procedures has steadily increased over the last 15 years through growing regional, national and international referrals.

Division Highlights

  • A 99 percent 30-day survival rate for all surgical procedures from 1995-2011
  • A 95 percent 30-day survival rate for the Norwood procedure for hypoplastic left heart syndrome and related defects from 2003-2011
  • Hybrid procedures for high risk neonates with hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Expertise in reconstructive surgery for the correction and palliation of all forms of cardiac defects in infants, children and adolescents
  • Emphasis on early complete repair during infancy
  • Surgical management of patients with congenital heart disease from premature neonates to adults
  • Innovative improvements in surgical techniques and operative strategies such as heart-lung bypass, blood preservation, and minimally invasive surgery
  • One of the country’s only dedicated Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Units (PCICUs) The 12-bed PCICU is state-of-the-art, designed specifically for the critical care of all pediatric cardiac cases including postoperative monitoring and management.
  • Ross repair for aortic valve replacement
  • Valve-sparing aortic root replacement for Marfan Syndrome
  • 24 hour Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenator (ECMO) availability
  • Biventricular pacemaker therapy and pediatric Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (AICD)
  • The first implantation of the Berlin Heart Ventricular Assist Device in the Southeast

Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeons

Scott Bradley, M.D.

Minoo Kavarana, M.D.