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Heart and Chest Surgery

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Children with congenital and acquired heart and lung diseases and their families benefit from a system of collaborative care by surgeons, cardiologists, critical care specialists, anesthesiologists and nurses.

Pediatric surgeons at University of Iowa Children’s Hospital are fully trained adult surgeons who have specialized in children’s surgery. By devoting their efforts entirely to kids, they are able to treat the simplest and correctable diseases all the way to major congenital anomalies requiring a lifetime of care and support. UI Children’s Hospital’s surgeons represent general and specialty surgical disciplines and have improved the quality of life for countless newborns, children and adolescents.

Pediatric cardiac disorders

  • Pediatric and congenital cardiothoracic surgery
  • Repair of congenital heart defects
  • Anomalous coronary artery repairs
  • Repair of arch anomalies (including coarctation and patent ductus arteriosus)
  • Atrial and ventricular septal defect repairs as well as AV canal procedures
  • Treatment of a cyanotic heart disease (including tetralogy of Fallot)
  • Heart assist device support, ECMO
  • Treatment of hypoplastic left heart syndrome and the Norwood procedure
  • Pediatric cardiac transplantation
  • Repairs of pediatric chest wall deformities (pectus excavatum and carinatum)
  • Treatment of pediatric hyperhidrosis
  • Treatment of pediatric thoracic and cardiac tumors
  • Ross procedure
  • Single ventricle repair (including Glenn and Fontan procedures)
  • Transposition of great arteries repair
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support

Why Choose Us

In Iowa, only one hospital is nationally ranked for pediatric heart care. And this is why.

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We believe parents and family members know their children best, so at UI Children’s Hospital, you’re an equal partner on the pediatric health care team. We listen to you and your child so that we can work together to improve your child’s health and well-being.

Patient Stories

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Wesley's Fight

“If he hadn’t gotten on ECMO, he probably wouldn’t have made it much longer.” Watch the video about Wesley's story.

Hailey Steimel Patient Story

Hailey's New Heart: One Year Later

Valentine's Day will mark one year since Hailey Steimel's life-saving heart transplant. Having just completed her first annual check-up, the Prairie High Senior's prognosis is good. But Hailey's journey back to health has taken her entire life. Read more about Hailey's life-saving heart transplant.

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Ellie and her Boyfriends, the Hawkeye Football Team

Ellie had major surgery at one week old and three more by the age of five. Now, she is happy and healthy. Read more about Ellie’s story.

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“They saved her life.”

After a series of surgeries from when she was just a few months old to teenage years, Shelby is now able to live a healthy life. Read more about Shelby’s story.

Health Information

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Locations and Contact

Iowa City, Iowa

UI Children's Hospital
Pediatric Specialty Clinic
200 Hawkins Drive, 2400 Colloton Pavilion
Iowa City, Iowa 52242

Parking: Parking and Wayfinding. Valet Services Available
In House Directions: Elevator F, Level 2.


Monday through Friday
8 am-5 pm


  • Appointment: 319-356-2229
  • Emergency: 319-356-1616
  • Toll Free: 888-573-KIDS (5437)

Care Team

Other Team Members

  • Susan Crimmins, RN