• Parent holding baby's handParent holding baby's hand
  • Liam holding Stanford Medicine Children's Health heart pillowLiam holding Stanford Medicine Children's Health heart pillow
  • Santana receives groundbreaking heart-lung procedureSantana receives groundbreaking heart-lung procedure
  • Emmett with parents holding "NICU Graduate" signEmmett with parents holding "NICU Graduate" sign
  • Small but MightySmall but Mighty

Pediatric Heart Surgery

Dedicated to tiny hearts

Our world-renowned team of pediatric heart surgeons is dedicated to repairing your child’s heart defect, whether he or she is a newborn, infant, child, or adolescent. It is what we do best, and we do a lot of it. From 2017 through 2021, the Heart Center team at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford performed more than 3,000 pediatric heart surgeries. At other hospitals across the country, that number was an average of 1,230. Our dedicated pediatric heart surgeons also perform more heart transplants and ventricular assist device (VAD) implantations than most of the other peer hospitals. Our high volume of pediatric heart surgeries, heart transplants, and VAD implantations means better outcomes for your child.

Practice makes perfect

Our pediatric heart surgeons reliably succeed at procedures considered radical and daunting elsewhere, including heart surgeries for premature or low-birth-weight babies, heart transplants, VAD implants, biventricular reconstruction or intricate surgeries for people of all ages with complex structural heart defects such as CCTGA, and highly specialized pulmonary artery reconstruction for individuals with Williams syndrome, Tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia, or major aortopulmonary collaterals.

At our Betty Irene Moore Children’s Heart Center weekly all-hands-on patient conferences, new and evolving cases are examined from every angle by our interdisciplinary team of world authorities. Our 11 pediatric heart surgeons, 101 pediatric cardiologists, 14 pediatric anesthesiologists, and 5 radiologists who specialize in heart-imaging combine their expertise into one focused, dedicated effort to navigate the very best treatment course for your child. It is a testament to our worldwide reputation that more than a quarter of all our young patients are referred to us from other regions. We welcome you to get to know us.

Meet the Executive Director of the Betty Irene Moore Children's Heart Center


Frank Hanley, MD

My approach is to make children feel as comfortable as possible by explaining to them that this is routine work for us. This is what we do best, so know that you will get through this and your child will be fine.

Meet the pediatric heart surgery team

Pediatric Heart Surgery Care Team