NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children's Health have built a national reputation for outstanding care devoted to children. Our integrated Congenital Heart Center is one of the largest and most preeminent pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery centers in the nation.
Approximately 30,000 children — or about one percent of all live births — are born with congenital heart defects each year in the United States. Of these, about .2 to .3 percent need surgery. We provide pediatric and adult patients with congenital heart defects with treatment options that were never thought possible just a short time ago. Our patients come to us from around the country and around the world to seek the most advanced, safest, and proven treatments for congenital heart conditions, and for the revision of previous surgery when prior treatment fails. Our outcomes are among the best in the nation.
U.S.News & World Report ranked our two pediatric hospitals — NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children's Health/Weill Cornell Medical Center — as one of the top pediatric heart and heart surgery programs, reflecting our reputation and surgical outcomes, the expertise of our surgical teams, our volume of cases, and other patient-care related data. In addition, the U.S.News & World Report survey has named the children's hospitals of NewYork-Presbyterian among the nation's top ten children's hospitals.
We provide all of the therapies that your child may need — from evaluating heart function and anatomy before birth to pediatric heart transplant and extended heart/lung support via extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO, a mechanical way to provide heart and lung support). In addition, our surgeons are renowned for implantation of pacemakers and defibrillators in infants and children. We are also widely recognized for our expertise in newborn heart surgery; many of the procedures we perform are in low-birthweight newborns and in infants under the age of one month.
Bringing together our pediatric surgical, medical, anesthesiology, perfusion, critical care and cardiovascular support specialists into one coordinated team helps us to provide the most effective care for your child. You can be assured that your family will be in the expert hands of a medical team renowned for excellence in pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery and committed to a shared goal of providing your child with the safest, most advanced surgical techniques available.
The Congenital Heart Center has the only pediatric catheterization laboratories in the metropolitan New York area dedicated to pediatric pulmonary hypertension and arrhythmia studies, as well as diagnostic and therapeutic interventions such as radiofrequency ablation for cardiac arrhythmias and balloon valvuloplasty of the aortic and pulmonary valves. Many of the pediatric interventional procedures that have become standard of care worldwide have been developed by interventional cardiologists at NewYork-Presbyterian. A great number of congenital heart defects can now be treated in the catheterization lab, requiring only a single day of hospitalization and eliminating the need for open heart surgery.