When you choose Duke Children’s for your child’s heart surgery, we’ll be with you every step of the way -- before, during, and after the procedure.
Level I Children's Surgery Center
We are one of the few hospitals in the U.S. verified as a Level I children's surgery center by the American College of Surgeons. This Level I designation recognizes our commitment to providing the highest-quality surgical care to our young patients. To achieve Level I certification, centers must offer multiple medical and surgical specialties, with procedures for major congenital anomalies and complex diseases, including those that are uncommon or require significant coordination among multiple specialties.
A Comprehensive Care Team
Your child’s team will include cardiologists, heart surgeons, anesthesiologists, and physician assistants -- all of whom have advanced training and expertise in caring for children’s hearts. They are supported during surgery by skilled perfusionists, who operate and monitor the cardiopulmonary bypass (heart-lung) machine. To help your child recover, grow, and meet developmental milestones, their care team will also include nutritionists and speech therapists to help with feeding, as well as physical therapists and occupational therapists.