Duke’s Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center, a team of highly skilled pediatric heart surgeons, cardiologists, anthesiologists, pediatric and neonatal intensivists, nurses, and adult congenital heart diseases specialists, has exceeded national outcome metrics and experienced unprecedented growth.
Offering a broad range of pediatric heart surgeries, Duke is dedicated to achieving the best outcomes for children of all ages. In 2018, our team performed 530 congenital cardiac surgeries — the highest volume in Duke Heart history.
Exceptional Results in the Most Challenging Surgical Cases
The center exceeded national mortality rates by nearly 2 percent in more than 300 index cases, according to data from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). In nearly 100 high complexity cases, Duke's mortality outcomes were four times below national rates.
Experience and Innovation Lead to Growth
Duke pediatric cardiac surgeons are experienced in the full range of pediatric heart surgeries. They perform – and in some cases have pioneered – the latest techniques including all-region perfusion for the Norwood procedure and aortic arch reconstruction.
- Performed the first aortic valve ring annuloplasty repair in pedatric patients, becoming a center of excellence for this procedure
- New minimally invasive approaches for adolescents and adult congenital cardiac surgery patients, including video-assisted lead placement, pulmonary valve replacement, partial anomalous venous return repair, and anomalous coronary procedures
- Mechanical circulatory support including VAD and ECMO
- Biventricular repair and conversion for select patients with single-ventricle heart disease
- Adult Congenital Heart Surgery Center of Excellence
- Ground-breaking translational research for pediatric heart and thymus co-transplantation for immune tolerance associated with heart transplantation