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
  • 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

Patient Stories

  • 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
  • Jayden Umthum’s story

    Jayden Umthum Jayden Umthum, the final patient to move into the new hospital on March 25, 2017.Read more
  • Will Kohn

    Will Kohn photo in PICU close up Will was diagnosed at 22 months in-utero with HLHS. (Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome) Since diagnosis Will has had 3 open heart surgeries at UI Stead Family Childrens Hospital and is currently on the heart transplant list.Read more
  • 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

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)

Care Team