Each year, approximately 1% of babies in the U.S. are born with a congenital heart defect (CHD). If your child has a CHD, he may need surgery within the first few years—or even days—of his life. Other children may not require surgery until years later.
At the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Heart Center, our team of surgeons are leaders in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, using the latest proven operative techniques and extensive research. In 2020, our center performed 910 heart surgeries, including some of the most complex, with excellent outcomes.
Our comprehensive team of cardiac surgeons, pediatric cardiologists, cardiac anesthesiologists, cardiac nurses, respiratory therapists and pediatric advanced practice providers understand children—not just their hearts—from infancy through young adulthood, and make it a priority to help them get well.
At the Heart Center, we are here to care for our patients during their heart surgeries and procedures, while also providing support to their families.
Advancements and Innovation in Pediatric Heart Care
Volumes and Outcomes
We monitor and report our overall cardiac surgical outcomes and volumes to provide the most accurate information to patient families.
At the Heart Center, our cardiothoracic surgery team is dedicated to the well-being and care of children of all ages—birth to age 21—who have been diagnosed with a congenital heart defect. Each of our heart surgeons is certified by the American Board of Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery with a subspecialty in congenital cardiothoracic surgery.
- Paul Chai, MD, Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery; Co-Chief, Heart Center
- Kirk Kanter, MD
- Joshua Rosenblum, MD, PhD
- Subhadra Shashidharan, MD
- Fawwaz Shaw, MD
- Kimberly Woodall, CPNP
- Melanie McBrayer, CPNP
Meet Our Heart Surgeons
Heart surgeon spotlight: Paul Chai, MD
As a parent and our Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Paul Chai, MD, knows that where you take your child for heart care matters. Learn about Dr. Chai and what makes our Heart Center unique.