Cardiac Surgery

Cardiac Surgery

(757) 668-8850
The pediatric cardiac surgery team at CHKD's Heart Center provides expert, patient-centered care in collaboration our cardiologists, neonatologists and pediatric intensivists.  Family members and referring physicians are also essential members of our care teams.

Board-certified in Thoracic Surgery

CHKD's chief of cardiac surgery, Dr. Felix W. Tsai, is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.  He performs the gamut of operations with a dedicated cardiac surgery team in his new state-of-the-art operating suite.

His team includes three board-certified pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists who also assist in the care of patients who require any diagnostic or interventional catheterization procedure. In addition, they provide anesthesia for all complex cardiac surgery patients who require other procedures, including general surgery, dental procedures, endoscopy, as well as CT or MRI imaging studies.

CHKD is Virginia's only freestanding full-service children's hospital. Every inch of our facility and all members of our medical team are devoted exclusively to the needs of young people. Our patients benefit from the full range of pediatric specialists and support services available only at freestanding children's hospitals.

Volumes and Outcomes

CHKD is dedicated to growing the cardiac surgery program to benefit all patients in the Hampton Roads area. Our chief pediatric cardiac surgeon, Dr. Felix W. Tsai, performed over 100 cases last year and is on track to complete 160 cases this year.

 For benchmarking purposes, Dr. Tsai reports his volumes and outcomes data with the Society for Thoracic Surgeons. His mortality rate is lower than the national STS average. He is available by consultation to discuss volumes and outcomes for specific procedures with parents and referring providers.

Conditions we treat include the following:

Insurance and Referral Information  

If you have an HMO, you must:  

  • Get a referral from your child's primary care physician before you call to make an appointment. 
  • Make sure your referral has not expired. Many are good for only 30 days, so check yours before you come to your appointment. If your referral has expired, call your primary care physician and explain your situation. In most cases, your primary care physician will provide a new or extended referral. 
  • Bring the referral with you to the appointment. If you do not have a referral, or if the referral you have is expired, your HMO will not pay for your appointment. 

If you have fee-for-service insurance or a PPO, you do not need a physician's referral to make an appointment. 

We offer in-depth information about insurance in our billing and insurance section.

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Lifesaving ECMO

Abigail Queen was diagnosed with persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn -- a life-threatening condition in which the lungs and heart don't properly oxygenate the baby's blood. She was quickly transferred to CHKD as a candidate for the hospital's newly established extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, program.

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