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Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery Section


Bradley PhotoMUSC’s pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons are dedicated to providing state-of-the-art surgical care for the full range of pediatric acquired and congenital cardiac disorders. We treat patients from birth through adolescence and, in the case of congenital heart disease, into adulthood. Since the institution of our pediatric cardiac program in the mid-1970’s, we have served as the only pediatric cardiac surgery center in the state of South Carolina. With an overall 30-day survival rate of 99%, our surgical program achieves outcomes among the best in the world (see results). Due to an increasing number of referrals from inside and outside the state, the number of cardiac surgical procedures has steadily increased over the last 15 years. Our surgeons now perform between 300 and 400 pediatric congenital operations annually. Despite our increasing volume, we remain dedicated to an individualized and customized approach to the care of each patient in an intimate, attentive environment. Our pediatric cardiac surgeons work in close collaboration with the Division of Pediatric Cardiology, pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists, and pediatric perfusionists. Our cardiologists have specialized expertise in all areas of pediatric cardiac care, including intensive care, cardiac catheterization, echocardiography, advanced noninvasive imaging (CT and MRI), electrophysiology and ablation, heart transplantation, fetal imaging, and adult congenital heart disease. Our program takes an integrated, team approach to all facets of pre-, intra- and postoperative care. In 2013, our pediatric cardiac program was ranked 21st nationally by U.S. News & World Report.

Personnel in the Section of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery include 2 attending surgeons, a nurse practitioner, a physician’s assistant, a database manager, and 2 administrative assistants. The Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Fellowship is a non-ACGME position available for a period of one year, to candidates who have completed some or all of cardiothoracic surgical training. Candidates from abroad must be ECFMG certified, and have completed at least parts I and II of the USMLE.

Scott M. Bradley, MD
Professor of Surgery
Head, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Section

Dr. Minoo KavaranaMinoo N.  Kavarana, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics



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