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Cardiothoracic Surgery

Offering incomparable care and state-of-the-art surgical options for infants and children with cardiac defects and congenital heart conditions.

This division provides comprehensive care for patients with congenital heart defects in all age groups. For newborns, we emphasize neonatal correction of complex congenital heart defects, with results that rival those of the country's largest centers. The division sees outstanding results in surgery for single-ventricle anatomy, including hypoplastic leftheart syndrome and tricuspid atresia.

Other areas of excellence include surgery for transposition of the great arteries, pulmonary atresia, truncus arteriosius, interrupted aortic arch, and total anomalous pulmonary venous connection. At the other end of the age spectrum, our surgeons provide exclusive surgical support for adults with congenital heart disease and work closely with members of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic.

Our surgeons use minimally invasive techniques whenever possible for primary repair of congenital heart defects. Examples include mini-incisions for less complex openheart operations and thoracoscopic approaches for non-openheart procedures. While cosmetic results are not the primary goal of heart surgery, surgical team members understand that leaving the smallest incision possible is an important consideration for children and their families.

For our patients with severely impaired cardiac function, Duke boasts the Southeast's largest and most successful ECMO program, which is supported by Duke's nationally respected perfusion services and dedicated pediatric perfusionists. The division also has experience in cardiac transplantation for children, including experience with ventricular assist devices (VADs) to support children awaiting transplant.  

The division is also nationally recognized for its research contributions, with areas of interest that include modulation of the adverse effects of the heart-lung machine and genetic therapy for myocardial hypertrophy and heart failure. We are also committed to training the next generation of practitioners who will lead the advancement and development of our field.


We offer treatment and expertise in the areas of heart transplantation and cardiac assist devices, as well as providing services for adults with congenital heart disease.

Commonly Treated Conditions and Procedures

We employ minimally invasive approaches, whenever possible. Our most commonly treated conditions and procedures include:


  • Congenital heart defects
  • Hypoplastic left-heart syndrome
  • Tricuspid atresia
  • Transposition of great arteries
  • Interrupted aortic arch
  • Anomalous pulmonary venous connection
  • Aortic stenosis
  • Aortic coarctation


  • Neonatal repairs
  • Arterial switch procedure
  • Norwood procedure
  • Ross procedure
  • Cardiac transplantation
  • Ventricular assist device (VAD)
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)

Physicians and Staff


Name Areas of Special Interest
Robert D.B. "Jake" Jaquiss, MD Surgical treatment of congenital and acquired heart disease in children, surgical treatment of congenital heart disease in adults, neonatal heart surgery, mechanical circulatory support, pediatric cardiac transplantation
Andrew J. Lodge, MD Pediatric cardiac surgery, adult congenital heart disease, heart transplantation, ventricular assist devices


Christine Hiller, CPNP, MSN Advanced Practice Provider
Laura Nastassja Sullivan, MHS, PA-C Advanced Practice Provider

Clinic Hours and Location

Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center
2301 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27710
Tel: 919-681-2343
Fax: 919-681-8357
Hours: Monday, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon