Cardiac Center

Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology

The Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has one of the few programs in the United States dedicated exclusively to the care of pediatric patients with heart conditions.

We provide comprehensive anesthesia services for patients in the cardiac operating rooms, catheterization laboratories and in other settings. The team also provides pain management for children with heart disease.

The cardiothoracic anesthesiology team includes:

Cardiac care and beyond

Children with heart defects may react differently to anesthesia, because they can have lower levels of oxygen in their blood and for other reasons. This is why the Cardiac Center has a special anesthesia team dedicated to the care of cardiac patients. The cardiothoracic anesthesiology team:

Each year, the cardiothoracic anesthesiology team provides anesthesia and pain management during more than 3,000 surgeries and other procedures for infants, children and adolescents.

Training and education

The Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology also manages the largest training program in the world for pediatric anesthesiologists and critical care specialists and has trained more than 200 physicians.

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For questions or referral information, please call 267-426-9600 or send an email to

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