The pediatric cardiothoracic surgery program at the Children’s Heart Center at Holtz Children’s Hospital focuses on the surgical correction of all congenital heart defects in newborns, children, and adults. Procedures include surgery for heart failure and implantation of mechanical circulatory support systems, as well as pediatric and adult heart transplantation.

Working as a team with pediatric cardiology, pediatric cardiac anesthesia, and pediatric cardiac intensive care specialists, and a large group of nurses, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, pediatric cardiac perfusionists and social workers, the surgical outcomes involving pediatric cardiac surgery procedures are among the best in the nation. The cardiothoracic surgeons at the Children’s Heart Center routinely operate on children with a wide array of cardiac malformations including:

  • Transposition of the great arteries
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Total and partial anomalous pulmonary venous connection
  • Truncus arteriosus
  • Pulmonary atresia with ventricular septal defect
  • Pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum
  • Tetralogy of fallot
  • Atrioventricular canal defect
  • Ventricular septal defect
  • Shone’s syndrome
  • Single ventricle cardiac malformations
  • Aortic and mitral valve disease processes
  • Tricuspid valve disease
  • Ebstein’s anomaly
  • Coarctation of the aorta
  • Aortic arch hypoplasia
  • Tracheal anomalies
  • Vascular rings and slings

The cardiothoracic surgeons at the Children’s Heart Center also have focused expertise in performing the following procedures:

  • Repair of pectus carinatum and excavatum
  • Minimally invasive aortic valve repair or replacement
  • Minimally invasive mitral valve repair or replacement
  • Ross procedure
  • Laser-assisted pacemaker and ICD lead extraction
  • Maze procedure
  • ICD and pacemaker implantation and replacement
  • Heart transplantation
  • Insertion of short and long-term ventricular assist devices

Cardiothoracic Surgery Team

Eliot Rosenkranz, M.D.
Professor of Surgery
Medical School: University of California, San Diego, CA
Residency: University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship: Great Ormond Street Hospital of Children, London, UK