Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Children’s Hospital Colorado
cardiothoracic surgery is based out of Children’s Hospital Colorado which is an
affiliate hospital of the University of Colorado Health System. The faculty in
the congenital program are members of the Division of Thoracic Surgery, in the
Department of Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Congenital cardiac surgery is primarily performed at Children’s Colorado, while
some surgery on adult patients is performed at University Hospital. The congenital cardiac surgery program is an
integral part of the Heart Institute and the center for surgical services at
Children’s Hospital Colorado. The surgery program is led by Dr. James Jaggers
who holds the Barton-Elliman Chair for Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Dr. David
Campbell, the Congenital Cardiac Surgery training program director, and Dr. Max
Mitchell who is the Director of the Mechanical Assist program. The surgery
program is also supported by Faith Fisher, AC-PNP and Esther Carpenter, nursing
coordinator. More information about our
faculty can be found by visiting our faculty page at the Children's Hospital Colorado Heart Institute.
All of our surgeons are very active in education
and professional societies and have active research interests. The surgery program has superior clinical
experience in surgical management of children with complex neonatal cardiac
defects including HLHS, TGA, pulmonary atresia and AVSD. The group also has a special clinical
interest in children with connective tissue disorders including Marfan, Loews
Dietz and Ehlers Danlos syndromes. The surgical outcomes for the congenital
cardiac surgery program are excellent and among the best in the country. The
Heart Institute and the congenital cardiac surgery program serve a wide
geographic area including the entire Denver metro area, as well as the state of
Colorado and the entire Rocky Mountain region. In addition to caring for the
local regional population, the program has a keen interest in humanitarian work
for children throughout the developing world with congenital heart disease. More information about the involvement in
humanitarian efforts can be found by visiting Surgeons of Hope.
congenital cardiac surgery program promotes an interdisciplinary care approach
with pediatric cardiology and cardiac anesthesia at Children’s Colorado. This
includes very active programs for Pediatric cardiac transplantation, mechanical
assist devices, and adult congenital heart disease. The transplant program has continually been
one of the busiest and most successful programs in the country. The surgery program utilizes two dedicated
state of the art operating rooms and one hybrid operating suite. The Heart Institute has a dedicated group of
four certified pediatric perfusionists who also administer the pediatric ECMO
and VAD programs. The operating rooms are staffed by dedicated pediatric
cardiovascular nurses and five full time pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists.
Following surgery, patients are cared for in a state of the art, 16 bed cardiac
intensive care unit with 24/7 coverage by cardiac intensivist physicians and a
16 bed step-down unit. All facilities are housed in the brand new east wing of
Children’s Hospital Colorado. There are nationally recognized training programs
in pediatric cardiology and congenital cardiac surgery that consistently produce
future leaders in their prospective fields.
The Heart Institute also
utilizes the state of the art Colorado Institute for Maternal and Fetal Health
in which mothers of children with known congenital heart defects can deliver
their child right here at Children’s Colorado, where the child can receive
state of the art care immediately after birth. The center also has world
renowned experts in the field of fetal surgery. Please visit the Maternal-Fetal medicine program website for more information.