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When a child needs a surgery, that child’s needs are very different than those of an adult patient. Our nationally recognized surgeons perform the latest procedures, using equipment that is customized to pediatric patients all the way from newborns to young adults.
Dr Starr is board certified in general and thoracic surgery with research interests in hybrid congenital heart surgery and myocardial protection.
Dr Gates is board certified in thoracic and cardiac surgery and congenital cardiac surgery. He serves as director at the CHOC Children’s Heart Institute.
The CHOC Children’s Heart Institute offers one of the few, dedicated pediatric cardiac catheterization programs in Southern California.
Dr Van Arsdell is board certified in thoracic and cardiac surgery and congenital cardiac surgery.
CHOC offers cardiac neurodevelopmental assessments for children with congenital heart conditions, who may be at a higher risk for developmental delays.
CHOC is the only hospital in Orange County to provide advanced heart surgery for children, and newborn and pediatric open-heart surgery on infants weighing as little at 1.4 kilograms (3 pounds 1 ounce).
In the newborn population, there are many heart conditions that may need surgery. Many of these heart surgeries are new at least in the past 10 to 20 years.
The Noah Connally joined his parents and four older sisters after the risky surgery at Children’s Hospital of Orange County.
If your child needs heart surgery, don't forget to ask these top questions from CHOC's heart experts
CHOC Children's pediatric surgeon Dr. Mustafa Kabeer explains in this video what pectus excavatum is and how it is treated.
How to refer to cardiothoracic surgery, CHOC Children's, Orange County
Noah remained in the neonatal intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital of Orange County and had his first post-birth surgery on day seven.
Specialists from CHOC Children’s were brought in to examine Max, and it was eventually determined he had a rare and serious heart defect. Family members rallied around the Maldonados, several of them began referring to their miracle baby as “Mighty Max.”
Dr Darbinian is board certified in thoracic surgery and is on staff at CHOC Children's.
Dr Nigro is board certified in thoracic surgery and in congenital cardiac surgery.
Dr Lamberti is board certified in general surgery and thoracic surgery and is on staff at CHOC Children's.
Dr Powell is board certified in thoracic and cardiac surgery and is on staff at CHOC Children's.
The CHOC Surgical NICU is the only one of its kind on the West Coast and is using the newest standards and procedures for babies who need surgery.
An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is one of the simplest and fastest procedures used to assess the heart.
Frequently asked questions about heart valve repair or replacement surgery, because families are bound to have many questions about heart valve repair or heart valve replacement
Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF or "TET") is a heart condition that occur due to abnormal development of the fetal heart. Learn more about what TOF is, its symptoms, and causes.
Pulmonary atresia (PA) is a heart defect that occurs due to abnormal development of the fetal heart during the first eight weeks of pregnancy.
The CHOC Children's Heart Institute cares for patients with a variety of pediatric cardiology needs and offers the latest diagnosis and treatment services.
Truncus arteriosus is a congenital (present at birth) defect that occurs due to abnormal development of the fetal heart during the first eight weeks of pregnancy.