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The Heart Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital

Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery

The Heart Program brings together a select group of world-renowned cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons, dedicated nurses, intensivists and anesthesiologists whose teamwork has contributed to the development of many new treatments and techniques in pediatric cardiac surgery, including minimally invasive management of pediatric congenital heart disease. The team’s dedication, cooperation and innovation have led to the program achieving outstanding outcomes.

The program is recognized for caring for patients with some of the most complex heart defects, and developing innovative practices in cardiovascular surgery to address these needs. Some of the program’s greatest successes are children who could not be helped at other facilities.

Cardiovascular Pediatric Surgery Procedures

  • Complex neonatal congenital heart surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery 
  • Cardiopulmonary support/ventricular assist/ ECMO
  • Autologous or directed blood donation, offered upon request for surgical procedures requiring blood transfusion 

Highly specialized post-operative and follow-up care is uniquely enhanced through use of an integrated computer database management system. This system makes it possible for referring physicians anywhere in the world to retrieve complete, up-to-the-minute patient information and images.

Nurse practitioners, working in close association with physicians, are an integral part of the program. They provide therapeutic interventions and help evaluate each child’s plan of care and course of treatment or cardiovascular surgery. By providing the kind of personal care that puts every child at the center of a team medical effort, The Heart Program delivers clinical excellence in the care of critically ill children.

Latest Heart Program News

Cardiac Intensive Care and Pediatric Intensive Care Units at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Recognized with Gold Beacon Awards

National three-year awards recognize exceptional patient care and a healthy work environment.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Heart Program Hosts National Conference on 'Sudden Death in the Young'

Pediatric cardiologists from throughout North America will focus on identification and treatment of Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome and medical conditions that can lead to sudden cardiac death in children and teens.

Inoperable Baby from Minnesota Receives Heart-Saving Surgery at Nicklaus Children's Hospital

A four-month old baby is preparing to celebrate her first Christmas with her family after a life-saving heart surgery at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, made possible with the aid of virtual-reality imaging.

The Division of Spinal Surgery at Nickalaus Children's Hospital
A new procedure introduced by Dr. Redmond Burke, Director of Cardiovascular Surgery at Miami Children's Hospital is the greatest hope for parents whose children suffer from congenital heart defects.
For more information about The Heart Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital or to make an appointment, please call (305) 662-8301.
Optum Center of Excellence

U.S. News Best Children's Hospitals 

Recognition and Outcomes Tell the Story

The Heart Program provides care for more children with congenital heart disorders than any other hospital in Florida and has been ranked among the nation’s best for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery by U.S.News & World Report.

What’s more, The Heart Program has cardiovascular surgery outcomes that are among the very best in the nation, according to a U.S.News & World Report assessment conducted as part of the most recent ranking.

Nicklaus Children's Heart Program is a qualified participant in Aetna’s Institutes of Excellence™  network.

A Distinguished History of Saving Little Hearts

During the 1960s, Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, became the first facility in Florida to perform pediatric open-heart surgery. Over the years, the hospital has continued to build on this tradition of leadership and excellence in pediatric cardiology.

In 1995, Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, recruited top cardiac physicians and surgeons in pediatric cardiology to oversee new services that included Florida’s first dedicated Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, a state-of-the-art Interventional Cardiac Catheterization Program, and, later, a Clinical Research Program and Electrophysiology Program.

The Ultimate in High-Tech meets High-Touch

The Heart Program offers the most advanced diagnostic, surgical and interventional techniques and equipment for treatment and management of pediatric cardiovascular conditions. The pediatric cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology laboratories are the most technologically advanced in existence, allowing The Heart Program to offer children the latest innovations.

While in this high-tech arena, children and their families are at the center of a multidisciplinary medical effort. They are surrounded by a team of doctors, nurses and staff who know, through years of experience, just how to meet the special needs of the tiniest patients, as well as how to support families in managing the stress of having a child in a critical-care setting.

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