This program is a collaboration at every level, from planning to medical care and research. The care teams at both institutions will collaborate on interventional and surgical cases. Procedures will be performed at the location most appropriate for the patient and their family.
The first surgery at UK HealthCare in Lexington is expected to take place in spring 2017. Many patients from Kentucky with complex heart conditions have already received their surgical, heart catheterization and electrophysiology care at Cincinnati Children’s while receiving follow-up care with their physician closer to home.
Additional collaborations include:
- Multidisciplinary training and education for program faculty and staff at both institutions
- Joint teaching conferences
- Clinical research projects
James Quintessenza, MD, is chief of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at Kentucky Children’s Hospital. He also performs cardiothoracic surgeries at Cincinnati Children’s. Dr. Quintessenza has extensive experience and expertise as a cardiac surgeon, and a long track record of leadership in the field.