Cardiac Surgery

Cardiac Surgery

(757) 668-8850

The pediatric cardiac surgery team at CHKD's Heart Center collaborates with specialists in cardiology, neonatal intensive care and pediatric intensive care to offer expert, family-centered care for patients with congenital and acquired heart problems that require surgery. Family members and referring physicians are also essential members of our care teams.

CHKD's cardiac surgery team includes three board-certified cardiac anesthesiologists, who also provide services to patients requiring diagnostic and interventional procedures in CHKD's cardiac cath lab. Our cardiac anesthesiologists also care for all complex cardiac patients who require sedation for general surgery, dental procedures, endoscopy, as well as sedation for 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, and our patients benefit from the full range of pediatric specialists and support services available only at freestanding children's hospitals.  

Volumes and Outcomes

CHKD board-certified pediatric heart surgeon, Dr. Felix Tsai, performed 106 cases last year  and is on track to complete 160 cases this year. He works in a specially equipped cardiac operating room with a dedicated cardiac surgery team.  

For benchmarking purposes, Dr. Tsai shares 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.

Cardiac Surgery Location

(757) 668-8850