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Pediatric Heart Surgery

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The Heart Center's renowned cardiovascular-thoracic surgery team provides comprehensive surgical care for all congenital and acquired cardiac defects to patients from around the world.

Our surgery team leads the region’s only comprehensive pediatric heart transplant program and the state of Illinois’ only pediatric heart transplant program and ventricular assist device (VAD) program. Their breadth of expertise extends from neonatal repairs such as the Norwood procedure for hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) and the arterial switch operation for transposition of the great arteries up to and including operations for adults with congenital heart disease. In addition to providing specialized expertise, the surgical team’s leader, Sunjay Kaushal, MD, PhD, pioneers research that explores new effective treatments for the most severe pediatric heart defects.

With high volumes and strong outcomes, the surgical team leads the nation in congenital heart surgery and pushes the boundaries for surgical treatment options of heart failure rarely offered anywhere else in the world.

Lurie Children’s main hospital is physically connected to Northwestern Medicine and Prentice Women’s Hospital in downtown Chicago, helping ensure a seamless transition of care from childhood into adulthood for our patients.


Our Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgeons

Sunjay Kaushal

Sunjay Kaushal, MD, PhD

Division Head, Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery; A.C. Buehler Professorship in Surgery; Member, Lurie Children's Surgical Foundation

Osama M. Eltayeb

Osama M. Eltayeb, MD

Director, Vascular Rings Program; Attending Physician, Cardiovascular-thoracic Surgery; Member, Lurie Children's Surgical Foundation

Michael C. Mongé

Michael C. Mongé, MD

Surgical Director, Heart Failure/Heart Transplant Program; Attending Physician, Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery; Member, Lurie Children's Surgical Foundation

Specialized Expertise

Advanced care for infants, children and teens includes specialization in areas such as: 

Surgeons are supported by a Heart Center team of specially trained pediatric caregivers with experience treating congenital heart disease in children. These specialists include cardiac anesthesiologists, cardiac intensivistsadvanced practice providers, and perfusionists​.

Cardiac Conditions We Treat

Our Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery team treats a wide range of pediatric cardiac conditions, including: 

Cardiac Procedures We Perform

Our surgeons offer expertise in the following cardiac procedures: 

Contact Us

To contact the Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery team, please call 312.227.4240.

Traveling from Out-of-State?

Our Destination Services team is available to help make your experience at Lurie Children's go as smoothly as possible. Learn more.

Second Opinions

For families or providers seeking a second opinion, we offer a Priority Second Opinion Clinic.

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Heart Center Family Resource Guide

To help prepare families for their care with Lurie Children's Heart Center, we have compiled a list of resources about treatment and recovery. Learn how to get ready for an inpatient stay or outpatient visit, and read about our support services for patients and families.

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