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Congenital Heart Surgery

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Heart surgery at Akron Children’s Hospital is provided in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic Congenital Heart Surgery team. We determine the best treatment option for your child based on his or her heart problem.

World class care.

Children and young adults born with heart disease receive state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatment close to home through the Pediatric and Adult Congenital Heart Center, a collaboration between Akron Children's and Cleveland Clinic.

Before surgery is considered, our specialists review all of the treatment options available for your child. For some kids, the best treatment may be minimally invasive surgery – an approach that results in less discomfort and risk and a faster return to normal activities. For others, traditional open heart surgery is the best option for successful treatment.

Heart surgeries are performed at both the Akron Children's Hospital Akron campus and Cleveland Clinic's main campus in downtown Cleveland.

Children born with complex heart defects are at an increased risk for developmental, learning and behavioral disorders. Akron Children’s Hospital offers the only neurodevelopmental follow-up program for congenital heart patients in northeast Ohio.

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Cardiovascular Surgery
Akron Children's Hospital
Considine Professional Building
215 West Bowery Street
Suite 5200
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-3850
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Robert Stewart
Robert Stewart, MD

Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery; Cardiovascular Surgeon


Gosta Pettersson, MD

Cardiovascular Surgeon

Alistair Phillips, MD

Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Michael Spector, MD

Associate Division Director, Cardiovascular Surgery; Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgeon

Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Greg Padrutt, PA-C

Physician Assistant