Congenital Heart Outcomes Report

2017 Outcomes Report for Congenital Heart Center

Center Overview 2013-2016

Experience & Expertise Translate to Better Outcomes

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked NewYork-Presbyterian as one of the top pediatric heart and heart surgery programs nationally, reflecting our reputation and surgical outcomes, the expertise of our surgical teams, our volume of cases, and other patient-care related data.

Under the direction of pediatric cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Emile Bacha and pediatric cardiologists, Dr. Julie A. Vincent and Dr. Ralf J. Holzer, NewYork-Presbyterian provides all therapies a newborn, young child or adolescent with congenital heart disease may need – from evaluating heart function and anatomy in utero to pediatric heart transplant and extended heart/lung support via Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) and other devices. We are widely recognized for neonatal heart surgery and many of the procedures we perform are in low birthweight premature newborns and in infants under the age of one month.

Our pediatric heart and heart surgery program has consistently been recognized as one of the top ten in the country

Dr. Bacha is known for developing novel techniques to perform hybrid surgical-interventional catheter-based procedures for many complex congenital heart defects, including hypoplastic left heart syndrome. He specializes in minimally invasive approaches to pediatric cardiac surgery and cardiac surgery in low birthweight infants and has pioneered methods of improving surgical safety. He has developed a method of pediatric cardiac surgical performance metrics that is now an accepted method of surgical monitoring for pediatric cardiac surgeons.

Dr. Vincent’s clinical expertise includes transcatheter therapies for congenital heart disease (CHD) including all types of device closure techniques for atrial and ventricular septal defects, the patent ductus arteriosus, and abnormal vascular connections or collaterals. She is internationally recognized as an expert in transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement techniques.

Dr. Holzer is an internationally recognized expert in all types of transcatheter interventions, including device closure of ventricular septal defects, pulmonary artery stenting, and transcatheter pulmonary valve implantation. His academic interest is focused on improving outcomes and quality of care, as well as risk adjustment for transcatheter intervention.

Collaborative, Multi-Disciplinary Care

Bringing our pediatric surgical, medical, anesthesiology, perfusionist, critical care and cardiovascular support specialists together into an integrated care team helps us to optimize patient outcomes. This integrated care model enables us to provide seamless interaction with all sub-specialties, resulting in the best and safest treatment for our youngest patients. A family referred to the Center can be assured that they 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 our patients with the safest, most advanced surgical techniques available.