Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery

Akron Children's Heart Center performs open heart surgery and other procedures to correct or treat heart problems in infants, children, teens and adults with congenital heart defects. Read More...

Smith Philip
Philip Smith, MD, PhD
Clinical Director, Heart Center; Division Director, Cardiovascular Surgery

Spector Michael
Michael Spector, MD
Associate Division Director, Cardiovascular Surgery

Padrutt Greg
Greg Padrutt, PA-C, MPAS
Physician Assistant

Breedlove Kristen
Kristen Breedlove, PA-C, MPAS
Physician Assistant, Cardiac Procedures Manager

Did You Know?

Did You Know?
  • Akron Children's cardiovascular surgical team ranks among the top 10% of children's heart programs in the U.S. by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Congenital Heart Surgery Database.
  • Akron Children's heart surgery team has extensive experience repairing aortic valves using a procedure called pericardial leaflet extension.
  • Akron Children's cardiovascular surgery program has a 2.3% overall mortality rate over a 4-year period, which is better than the national average of 3%.


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Meet Our Patients



The pediatric cardiovascular surgery team at Akron Children's Hospital Heart Center works closely with our cardiologists to use hybrid procedures whenever appropriate — a combination of surgical and catheterization approaches that eliminate the need to stop the heart during surgery.

We are also Ohio’s most experienced surgical team in performing pericardial leaflet extension, a procedure that eliminates the quality of life issues faced by patients who receive artificial valves.

The most common heart defects include:

  • Holes in the wall between the 2 upper (atria) or lower (ventricles) chambers
  • Reversal of the aorta and pulmonary artery
  • An abnormality in the pulmonary valve
  • The failure of the blood vessel connecting the aorta to the pulmonary artery to close at birth
  • An abnormality in the mitral valve between the left atrium and left ventricle

Cardiovascular Surgery Success Rates

Akron Children's heart surgery program ranks in the top 10 percent of programs in the U.S. in terms of outcomes, according to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Congenital Heart Surgery Database. (Its overall surgical mortality rate is 2.3 percent over a 4-year period.)

Through advances in surgical procedures, the survival rate and quality of life for children with heart problems has improved significantly during the last 10 to 15 years.

Diagnostic evaluations have also progressed substantially. Many congenital heart defects, which occur in 8 out of 1,000 live births, are now identified before birth, which enables the surgical team to develop a surgical management plan before the child is born. This also has led to improved surgical outcomes.


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Akron Children's Hospital
Heart Center
Considine Professional Building
215 W. Bowery St., Suite 5200
Akron , OH 44308
Phone: 330-543-8521
Alt. Phone: 1-866-230-3463 (toll free)
Fax: 330-543-3850
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