The Heart Institute at Children's Hospital Los Angeles houses the largest congenital heart program on the west coast, including Congenital Cardiac Surgery, Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Transplantation, Cardiac Intensive Care, and Cardiac Anesthesia.
The Cardiothoracic Surgery Program has two dedicated Operating Rooms, which are available 24 hours day / 7 days per week. The 24-bed Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU) and 21-bed CV Acute cares for all post-operative surgical patients as well as critically ill patients with heart disease.
The ACGME accredited program in congenital cardiothoracic surgery (CCS) at Children's Hospital Los Angeles is 1 year in duration. The purpose of the training program is to train thoracic surgical residents, who have completed an ACGME accredited program, further training in congenital cardiothoracic surgery, providing a basis to understand normal and abnormal pediatric cardiovascular conditions, and their pathophysiology.