Children's Cardiac Surgery
Benjamin B Peeler, MD
Felix Tsai, MD
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Children's Cardiac Surgery

The pediatric heart surgery program at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters provides a full spectrum of care to children born with complex cardiac defects. You can learn more about our program and the services we offer by clicking on the links below.

What conditions do you treat?

We treat children with complex cardiac defects that require surgical intervention. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

Who will care for my child?

At CHKD, you’ll find a team of dedicated professionals committed to the physical and emotional wellbeing of your child. Our doctors work hand-in-hand with CHKD’s cardiology department and pediatric intensive care team to provide comprehensive care before, during and after surgery. CHKD's experienced medical and surgical staff also includes a certified pediatric nurse practitioner, a social worker and a talented cardiac surgery team whose members have special training and experience in pediatrics.

What services do you provide?

CHKD offers a variety of services to diagnose and treat children’s heart problems, including consultations for expectant parents regarding conditions diagnosed in an unborn child. All of our care, from the simplest lab test to the most intricate surgery, is designed to meet the unique medical and developmental needs of children. Children with heart abnormalities may require any combination of the following services:


When and where do you see patients?

We see patients and perform surgeries at Children’s Hospital’s main campus in Norfolk. Appointment days and hours generally are 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, please call (757) 668-8850.

Do I need a referral to make an appointment?

This depends on what kind of insurance you have. 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.