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
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.