Our board-certified surgeons treat and manage the entire spectrum of heart defects—from common to rare and complex. They are responsible for developing many novel techniques that improve survival rates and quality of life for children with heart defects that were once untreatable.
Why Choose Riley for Pediatric Heart Surgery
Why Choose Riley for Pediatric Heart Surgery
Whether we meet through the diagnosis of your child’s heart condition at birth or through a pediatrician, cardiologist or primary care referral, we are ready to serve your family’s healthcare needs for as long as you need us.
Heart defects come in so many shapes and sizes. No two patients are exactly the same. Your loved one’s condition may be very simple or it may require complex care performed in stages. Either way, we help parents and caregivers understand each step in a customized care plan, and we embrace each family as a valued part of the healthcare team.
Families affected by congenital heart disease linked to their genetic traits can also seek guidance from our Cardiovascular Genetic Counseling Program to determine whether future children or other family members may be at risk for the same disorder.
Riley at IU Health offers a fully-integrated program to care for children and adults with congenital heart disease. Our people and resources are organized and ready to provide a rare level of coordinated care at one of the nation’s top destinations for acute care.
Your child’s cardiac healthcare team has world-class specialists trained in cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgery, cardiac anesthesiologists, imaging technicians, congenital cardiologists, cardiovascular intensive care specialists and many other who specialize in working with heart defects and thoracic conditions.
This includes a team of dedicated cardiovascular nurses that place Riley at IU Health among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the United States for nursing quality, safety and patient satisfaction as conferred by Magnet status.
As part of a comprehensive pediatric healthcare system for advanced care, our team collaborates with other highly skilled specialists to deliver the right care at the right time for your child or loved one. Riley at IU Health offers a wide range of support services designed to help families cope with the emotional, physical and financial strains of a healthcare challenge.
Riley at IU Health is a place where innovative treatments often begin. We are nationally known as a high-volume center for the Ross procedure, a surgery that uses a patient’s pulmonary valve to replace the aortic valve. Our specialists are recognized nationally and internationally as respected resources for procedures that repair undersized pulmonary arteries, remove cardiac tumors and rebuild complex heart anatomies. Ours was also one of the first pediatric heart programs in the nation to give a child a Berlin heart, now used worldwide to save children affected by heart conditions.
We provide every kind of life support, transport and assist device that could be needed for acute pediatric care. This includes ECMO technology (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation), which oxygenates the blood after surgery. We also have a full complement of ventricular assist devices to support the function of a failing heart, including the total artificial heart. With our record of outstanding survival rates, the Riley Heart Center is one of 30+ heart programs in the United States certified to perform a pediatric heart transplant.
Recognized Leaders Who Are Committed to Excellence
Learning to repair a faulty heart requires a level of education that surpasses what is required of most surgeons. Our heart surgeons have an extra tier of training and practice in congenital heart defects and thoracic disease. These credentials set them apart as a rare breed of surgeons who can offer a degree of expertise found only in the most advanced pediatric hospitals.
Their pursuit of excellence also keeps them invested in research to find new ways of resolving complex congenital heart defects and diseases of the lung, blood vessels and heart. They share their knowledge globally through lectures and humanitarian work that promotes children’s heart health. In parts of the world where there is little access to advanced healthcare, our surgeons are there to give hands-on training for physicians who treat heart defects.
Lifelong Care for Heart Defects
A growing number of children are living productive lives long after their congenital heart defects are repaired. Our Adults With Congenital Heart Disease Progam can manage your child’s condition into adulthood to promote optimal health through every stage of life.
Nationally Ranked Heart Care for Kids
The Riley Children's Health pediatric cardiovascular program is ranked 6th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. We are also one of the highest-volume pediatric cardiovascular centers in the country, and research shows higher volumes translate to better outcomes. Our overall survival rate for cardiovascular surgery is significantly better than the national average. Our team is the only group performing pediatric heart transplantation in Indiana and the pediatric cardiac critical care team is the only one of its kind in the state.
Conditions & Services
Our pediatric specialists provide patient- and family-centered care for most related conditions. The links below provide more specific information about some, but not all, of the conditions that we treat.
We offer a number of different Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery services. Below are some, but not all, of the services that we provide. If you have a question about a specific service that is not listed here, please contact our department.
Transplant Surgery, Pediatric Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery317.944.7150
Transplant Surgery, Pediatric Cardio-Thoracic Surgery317.944.7150
Thoracic Surgery, Pediatric Cardio-Thoracic Surgery317.944.7150
Transplant Surgery, Pediatric Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery317.944.1121
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Riley Physicians Cardiothoracic Surgery
575 Riley Hospital Dr
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Department Forms & Resources
Department Forms & Resources
The Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at Riley at IU Health provides the following forms for parents, healthcare providers and personnel. We have also curated relevant resources from other websites and provided links with brief descriptions of the information that is available.
Guide to Surgery (Riley at IU Health)
View our Guide to Surgery to ease anxiety and prepare you and your child before surgery.
Guía para la cirugía (Riley at IU Health)
Creamos esta guía como un recurso para ayudarlo a comprender mejor nuestro proceso y para aliviar un poco la ansiedad que pueda estar experimentando.
Riley Heart Surgery Family Guidebook
Access our guide to your child’s heart surgery at Riley Hospital for Children.
Related Programs & Departments
Related Programs & Departments
We provide multispecialty care for a number of conditions. Below are links to our related programs & departments.
Riley team goes overseas to mend broken hearts
Dr. Mark Turrentine leads his 35th trip to Amman, Jordan to care for seriously ill children.Continue reading
“We are just over the moon”
Her son received a heart transplant, and this Riley team member couldn’t be more grateful.Continue reading
“Bryce is like a new kid since his heart surgery”
When Dr. Mark Turrentine finished the baby’s complicated heart repair, he delivered good news to the anxious parents: “He said it couldn’t have gone any better, and I just fell to the floor and cried.”Continue reading
Young adults navigate life after heart transplant
A Riley support group provides a space for patients to be part of something special: “It’s nice to talk to people who get what I feel.”Continue reading
16-year-old heart patient is living his best life
Parents want to thank Riley heart surgeon Dr. Mark Rodefeld and show him how far their son has come in the years since his operation.Continue reading
“This is the season of miracles”
After 400 days in the hospital, “Brother O” has a new heart and a renewed passion for life.Continue reading
“His love was once in a lifetime”
Heart transplant recipient became a tissue donor after his death. Now he will be honored in the Tournament of Roses Parade.Continue reading
Junior waits for a second hero heart
The 2-year-old transplant patient is back at Riley as his parents pray for another lifesaving gift.Continue reading
Riley earns national distinction from U.S. News & World Report
#1 pediatric hospital in IndianaContinue reading
Amazing Ava waits for a new heart
The girl with her own hashtag is making herself at home in the hospital for as long as it takes.Continue reading
“The people of Riley are the reason my son survived”
Baby Finn was born with multiple heart defects, but he is thriving now, thanks to early intervention and specialized care.Continue reading
Retro Riley: One young girl, one courageous heart
In honor of Women’s History Month, we spotlight Bailey Hunsberger, one of the early Riley patients to receive the Berlin Heart.Continue reading
A heartwarming reunion in the OR
Keleigh Sims underwent heart surgery as a baby. Now she is an operating room nurse on the CV team and recently worked alongside the surgeon who saved her, Dr. John Brown.Continue reading
Hugs and kisses from Ky
Pint-sized candy man delivers chocolate to his care team after open-heart surgery.Continue reading
“Her eyes were open, but she’s just not there”
These Carmel parents are counting their blessings today after their previously healthy 4-year-old daughter suffered sudden cardiac arrest at home. Her dad kept her alive long enough for paramedics to shock her heart back into a normal rhythm.Continue reading
She has a heart baby at home and the Riley team “in her back pocket”
As part of Riley’s cardiology home-monitoring program, 5-month-old Adriel Hernandez is able to be home with his family while a care team follows his progress virtually.Continue reading
A hero to many, Dr. John Brown is hanging up his scrubs
After a 43-year career at Riley Hospital, this renowned heart surgeon is passing the scalpel.Continue reading
Two heart surgeries, four decades apart, bring together surgeon and patient
Dr. John Brown first operated on Richard Aurs when Aurs was a little boy. Forty years later, they met again in an operating room.Continue reading
For Health Professionals
Specialists at the Riley Heart Center work with primary care physicians to provide advanced care for children and adults with congenital heart disease.
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Riley at IU Health works with referring physicians in Indiana and beyond.
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Riley Heart Center specialists are active researchers who improve care for congenital and acquired heart disease through innovation. Current research focuses on designing a new heart support system to help children with only one ventricle and babies with severely undersized pulmonary arteries. A team of physicians, researchers and coordinators at the Riley Heart Center collect outcome data for research purposes, working with multiple research partners, including the Indiana University School of Medicine. They also conduct research to support continuous process improvement at the Riley Heart Center. Bench researchers at the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research collaborate with our physicians on studies related to heart failure in children.
The Riley Heart Center offers formal fellowship training for physicians who want to advance their experience in pediatric cardiology, critical care and cardiac surgery. Visit the Indiana University School of Medicine website for details about our fellowship program.