Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

The Division of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery is the leading provider of comprehensive pediatric cardiovascular services in Western Pennsylvania. An internationally recognized center of excellence in pediatric heart failure, cardiomyopathy, heart and lung transplantation, and mechanical circulatory support, it is an integral part of the Heart Center service line at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

Headed by Dr. Victor Morell, the division encompasses heart, lung and heart-lung transplantation, including bridges to transplant such as left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), which provides support for infants and neonates with respiratory distress.

In addition to its expertise in cardiac arrhythmia surgery, the focus is on surgical intervention for infants, children and young adults with congenital cardiac and vascular diseases, congenital abnormalities of the tracheobronchial tree, and abnormalities of the chest wall.

An ongoing program of parent and patient education about cardiothoracic surgery is directied by pediatric nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Staff members also serve as compassionate liaisons among families, physicians and other hospital personnel.

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Our Faculty


Jose Da Silva, MD

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Ergin Kocyildirim, MD

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Victor O. Morell, MD

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Mahesh Sharma, MD

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Melita Viegas, MD

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