Cardiothoracic Surgery

The Heart Center for Children

The Section of Cardiothoracic Surgery works closely with the Section of Cardiology to provide comprehensive care for neonates, infants, children and adolescents with congenital and acquired heart disease. Evaluation of pediatric patients with heart problems is provided by St. Christopher's cardiologists at the Heart Center for Children and at a network of specialty care centers. Consultation with a cardiac surgeon, who is recognized throughout the region for providing excellent care to children with heart disease, is available 24 hours a day. Surgical correction of pediatric cardiovascular abnormalities and complex cardiovascular malformations of newborns and young infants is provided by an expert surgical team. 

A team of cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiologists, nurse practitioners, critical care physicians, anesthesiologists, nurses and social workers work together to meet the needs of patients and their families. Patients are treated for a broad spectrum of cardiac diseases including:

  • Complex heart malformations such as single ventricle anomalies 
  • Complex forms of tetralogy of Fallot and atrioventricular canal defects
  • Valvular heart disease needing either valve repair or replacement 
  • Heart rhythm disorders requiring pacemakers, implantable defibrillators or surgical treatment
  • Lung disorders related to congenital heart disease

Collaboration with interventional cardiologists in the Heart Center for Children allows many children with congenital heart anomalies to be treated without surgery, or with less surgery than would otherwise be necessary. Our team of cardiologists and surgeons perform a combination of traditional surgery and interventional techniques as “hybrid” approaches for the treatment of complex pulmonary artery reconstruction, closure of multiple ventricular septal defects and the palliation of hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Minimally invasive surgical techniques are performed, with the emphasis on patient safety first, and on cosmetics second. 

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Peri-operative care of cardiothoracic patients is provided in a dedicated Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) that is staffed by skilled nurses and critical care physicians 24 hours-a-day. A team of cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons is also available as needed 24 hours-a-day. The emphasis is is on patient- and family-centered care, so family participation is encouraged and families are welcome to visit at all hours. Parents and family members from a distance may be accommodated in the Ronald McDonald House, adjacent to the main hospital facility.

For more information, please call (215) 427-5109.

Our Team

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia has highly qualified experts who are specially trained to work with the individual and unique needs of infants and pediatric patients. Our team is led by Achintya Moulick MD, MS, MCh, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery. To view a list of our specialists, click here.