The pediatric cardiac surgery team at CHKD's Heart Center
provides expert, patient-centered care in collaboration with our cardiologists,
neonatologists and pediatric intensivists.
Family members and referring physicians are also essential members of
our care teams.
Board-certified in Thoracic Surgery
Dr. James Gangemi serves as the surgical director of the University of Virginia/CHKD regional collaborative for cardiac care. Dr. Gangemi is board-certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and performs the gamut of operations with a dedicated cardiac surgery team in CHKD's new state-of-the-art operating suite. Dr. Gangemi performs pediatric heart surgeries at CHKD at least four days each month.
CHKD and UVA combine the efforts of pediatric cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, cardiac anesthesiologists, intensive care physicians and cardiac support professionals from both institutions with the goal of improving outcomes for children with complex congenital heart defects.
The CHKD 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. For benchmarking purposes, CHKD reports its volumes and
outcomes data with the Society for Thoracic Surgeons.
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.