Cardiovascular Surgery

At the Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Heart Center, we are dedicated to providing the best possible heart care for your child. We are here to meet the specific needs of your child and family.

Our specialists are trained to diagnose and treat pediatric heart conditions. Our team includes surgeons, cardiologists, cardiac anesthesiologists, cardiovascular nurses, physician assistants, and intensive care doctors. We work with other experts at Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital to develop a comprehensive plan for your child, to give you the best possible outcome.

If you need a second opinion, we are happy to help. Just call our surgical coordinator at 212-241-8213 to set up an appointment.

Surgeries We Perform

Our team provides state-of-the-art care for children with all forms of congenital and acquired heart disease. The procedures we perform include:

Our Collaborative Approach

We use advanced cardiac imaging to examine your child’s heart. This gives us the detailed information we need to design the best treatment plan for your child. Often, we can diagnose a heart defect through our Fetal Heart Program before your baby is born, so we can start planning even before delivery.

You will meet with your child’s surgeon and surgical team to go over the planned procedure and learn what to expect before and after surgery. Communication with family members is one of our highest priorities. From our first meeting through hospitalization, and after your child goes home, we answer all your questions in a caring and respectful manner.

Emotional Support

We not only provide for your child’s physical needs, but we also offer help for the emotional side of the experience, for your child and your family. Our team of social workers, music and art therapists, and child life professionals are here to help. We strive to provide the holistic care you deserve.

Meet Our Team

The Children’s Heart Center team of professionals has the specific training to treat pediatric heart conditions. Caring for your child are world-class surgeons, cardiologists, cardiac anesthesiologists, cardiovascular nurses, physician assistants, and intensive care doctors. Together with other expert professionals at Kravis Children’s Hospital, we provide a comprehensive plan to provide the best possible care for your child.

Peter Pastuszko, MD is the Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Director of Pediatric Cardiovascular Services and Co-Director of the Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Heart Center. “Dr. P,” as he is affectionately known, has extensive surgical experience and excellent results in treating patients from newborns to adults with a cardiac diagnosis.

Raghav A. Murthy, MBBS is the Surgical Director of the Pediatric Heart Transplantation, and Surgical Director of Pediatric ECMO at Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Heart Center and Assistant Professor of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He has extensive experience treating congenital heart disease in all age groups. He has special expertise in pediatric airway surgery and complex lung surgery.

Why Choose Children’s Heart Center?

At Mount Sinai’s Children’s Heart Center, our team is here to provide the best comprehensive care for your child. From surgeon to nurse, our specialists are dedicated to you and your family. In addition, we take most insurance plans, including Medicaid, and our staff will help navigate the process of ensuring coverage.

We understand the effect heart surgery can have on your child and your family. We offer ongoing information and compassionate support.

The Children’s Heart Center has developed innovative approaches to pediatric cardiac surgery, including:

  • Fast-tracking recovery from heart surgery to enable your child to return home sooner
  • Post-operative care in a dedicated pediatric cardiac intensive care unit

CHOP Meet the Team