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The Children's Heart Center Cardiothoracic Surgery Team

The complexity of heart defects in children, and the uniqueness of many cases, requires the professional attention of experts from a variety of disciplines. The Children’s Heart Center has developed a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to caring for your child who may need cardiothoracic surgery.

Cardiothoracic Surgeons at our Palo Alto Hospital

Cardiothoracic Surgeons throughout the greater Bay Area

Advanced Practice Providers

    Specialists Working Hand-in-Hand

    The Children’s Heart Center surgery team draws on the expert aid and assistance of:

    • Pediatric cardiologists: Physicians who specialize in medical, or nonsurgical, approaches to heart disease and defects in infants, children, and adolescents
    • Neonatologists: Physicians who specialize in the care of newborns, particularly those born prematurely or with very low birth weight
    • Specialists in related medical disciplines: For example heart imaging (echocardiography) and the electrical properties of the heart (electrophysiology)
    • Anesthesiologists: Physicians who specialize in the unique pain-control needs of children undergoing heart procedures
    • Infectious disease specialists: Physicians who are expert at preventing and controlling bacteria and other infectious agents that can invade children who have undergone major surgery
    • Clinical nurse specialists and nursing staff
    • Respiratory therapists: Clinical experts in supporting healthy breathing, particularly after surgery
    • Nutritionists: Specialists in meeting the precise nutritional needs of children undergoing heart surgery
    • Pharmacists: Specialists in managing the multiple medications required in treating children’s heart diseases
    • Social workers: Professionals who provide emotional support and community networking for patients and their families
    • Support staff: Specialists in handling the many administrative and personal details of care and treatment