Heart and Chest Surgery

Best Children's Hospitals Cardiology 2016-17

Children with congenital and acquired heart and lung diseases and their families benefit from a system of collaborative care by surgeons, cardiologists, critical care specialists, anesthesiologists, and nurses.

Pediatric surgeons at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital are fully trained adult surgeons who have specialized in children’s surgery. By devoting their efforts entirely to kids, they are able to treat the simplest and correctable diseases all the way to major congenital anomalies requiring a lifetime of care and support. UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital’s surgeons represent general and specialty surgical disciplines and have improved the quality of life for countless newborns, children and adolescents.

Pediatric cardiac disorders

  • Pediatric and congenital cardiothoracic surgery
  • Repair of congenital heart defects
  • Anomalous coronary artery repairs
  • Repair of arch anomalies (including coarctation and patent ductus arteriosus)
  • Atrial and ventricular septal defect repairs as well as AV canal procedures
  • Treatment of a cyanotic heart disease (including tetralogy of Fallot)
  • Heart assist device support, ECMO
  • Treatment of hypoplastic left heart syndrome and the Norwood procedure
  • Pediatric cardiac transplantation
  • Repairs of pediatric chest wall deformities (pectus excavatum and carinatum)
  • Treatment of pediatric hyperhidrosis
  • Treatment of pediatric thoracic and cardiac tumors
  • Ross procedure
  • Single ventricle repair (including Glenn and Fontan procedures)
  • Transposition of great arteries repair
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support


Health Information


Baby with Dextrocardia

Patient Stories

  • Wesley's Fight

    Wesley Jacobson

    “If he hadn’t gotten on ECMO, he probably wouldn’t have made it much longer.”Read more

  • Hailey Steimel's Life-Saving Heart Transplant

    Hailey Steimel

    Valentine's Day will mark one year since Hailey Steimel's life-saving heart transplant. Having just completed her first annual check-up, the Prairie High Senior's prognosis is good. But Hailey's journey back to health has taken her entire life.Read more

  • Charlotte Wagaman

    Charlotte Wagaman portrait

    Doctors discovered a mass on Charlotte’s heart when her mother was just 20 weeks pregnant with her. Her mother was referred to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for more extensive ultrasounds.Read more

  • Ellie Schmidt

    Ellie Schmidt

    Before birth, a routine ultrasound showed something was wrong with Ellie's heart. By age five, she had three major surgeries and nine catheterizations.Read more

  • Shelby Rogers

    Shelby Rogers thumbnail

    She was a very sick baby and her parents were terrified, but Shelby was a little girl with a big heart.Read more

Locations and Contact

  • Iowa City, Iowa

    Cardiothoracic Surgery

    2400 Colloton Pavilion
    In House Directions: Elevator F, Level 2
    UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, IA 52242
    Hours
    • Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Contact
    • Phone: 319-356-2229
    • Emergency: 319-356-1616
    • Toll free: 888-573-KIDS (5437)

Care Team

Other Team Members

Susan Crimmins, RN