Cardiothoracic Surgery

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Heart and Chest Surgery

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
  • 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

Patient Stories

  • Parent blog: Miranda Goodpaster and Bret Hilpipre

    This is a photo of Holden Hilpipre "After learning that our unborn child would need to undergo three open-heart surgeries, we were devastated." Read more
  • Jaylee Bartleson

    Jaylee Bartelson, photo At 9-months-old, Jaylee Bartleson was attached to a life support device—a left ventricle assist device (LVAD)—while awaiting her heart transplant. Find out how Jaylee's medical team helped her live a full baby life in the weeks before her transplant surgery. Read more
  • Parent Blog: Shalan and Kyle Knapke

    Adira Knapke, photo When Shalan and Kyle Knapke found out that their daughter Adira would be born without a fully developed right ventricle, they turned to UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. “We are so blessed to have such an amazing hospital nearby!” Read more
  • Parent Blog: Emily and Dustin Kleiss

    Kemper Kleiss, photo “When we first arrived we had no idea what was going to happen to our newborn baby. The doctors and nurses were very comforting and knowledgeable with a plan for her. We were some of the first ones to use the new facility, and we were very impressed.” Read more
  • Parent Blog: James Foix

    James Foix in his baby crib "To begin to explain everything this hospital has done and continues to do for us, I would end up writing a novel."Read more

Locations and Contact

  • UI Stead Family Children's Hospital
    2400 Colloton Pavilion
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, Iowa 52242
    In House Directions: Elevator F, Level 2
    • Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • 1-319-356-2229
    • 1-888-573-5437 (888 573 KIDS)
    • 1-319-356-1616 ( Emergency)