Pediatric Heart Care: Quality and Outcomes

Dr. Irving Shen (left) and Dr. Ashok Muralidaran
Our two pediatric heart surgeons, Dr. Irving Shen (left) and Dr. Ashok Muralidaran, care for patients and take part in research to improve outcomes.

Doernbecher Children’s Hospital is dedicated to giving your child and family the highest-quality care. As part of our commitment to excellence and transparency, we’re pleased to share information on our heart surgery outcomes.

Dedicated to improving care

We are proud members of national organizations working to improve care and outcomes:

  • The National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative is a network of about 70 leading pediatric cardiology care centers in the U.S. and Canada. The collaborative is dedicated to improving outcomes for children with congenital heart disease. NPC-QIC is particularly focused on improving interstage outcomes (between a first and second surgery) for infants with single ventricle heart disease.
  • The Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Consortium, a group of about 80 elite children’s hospitals devoted to improving care for patients with critical pediatric and congenital heart disease. Members share data, best practices and other information to improve performance everywhere.
  • The American College of Cardiology’s IMPACT Registry, which shares data and offers educational opportunities to improve care for children and adults who have catheterization procedures for congenital heart disease.

Culture of excellence

As part of our culture of excellence, team members from across our program meet weekly to identify and make changes that improve patient outcomes.

Heart surgery outcomes

Doernbecher voluntarily and publicly reports congenital heart surgery statistics to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. The STS is the recognized leader in efforts to improve outcomes for surgeries for congenital heart disease.

Survival rates reflect patients who survived at least 30 days after surgery and who were discharged from the hospital. Please note that every case is different and that statistics cannot predict the outcome for any particular child. Some categories have only a few cases per hospital, which can significantly skew the survival rate.

If you have questions or concerns about your child’s unique condition, the heart care team at Doernbecher would be happy to talk with you. Families can call us at 503-346-0640. Referring providers can reach us at 503-346-0644.

For families

Call 503-346-0640 to:

  • Request an appointment.
  • Seek a second opinion.
  • Ask questions.

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Doernbecher Children’s Hospital
700 S.W. Campus Drive
Portland, OR 97239
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Overall survival, July 1, 2016-June 30, 2020

Number of surgeries Survival rate
Doernbecher 703 97.0%
STS 94,478 97.3%

Survival rates by type of surgery, July 1, 2016-June 30, 2020

Number of surgeries Survival rate
Doernbecher 26 100%
STS 3,460 99.0%
Number of surgeries Survival rate
Doernbecher 49 100%
STS 7,161 99.6%
Number of surgeries Survival rate
Doernbecher 30 93.3%
STS 4,569 98.8%
Number of surgeries Survival rate
Doernbecher 26 96.2%
STS 3,170 98.1%
Number of surgeries Survival rate
Doernbecher 20 100%
STS 1,876 98.1%
Number of surgeries Survival rate
Doernbecher 8 75.0%
STS 849 94.7%
Number of surgeries Survival rate
Doernbecher 25 88.0%
STS 4,027 98.0%
Number of surgeries Survival rate
Doernbecher 30 100%
STS 3,791 98.9%
Number of surgeries Survival rate
Doernbecher 3 100%
STS 553 90.8%
Number of surgeries Survival rate
Doernbecher 17 64.7%
STS 2,610 87.6%

Days in the hospital

Doernbecher STS
Off-bypass coarctation 5.0 14.4
VSD 5.0 10.1
TOF 7.0 12.6
Complete AVC 9.0 18.2
ASO 10.5 17.7
ASO + VSD 17.0 22.1
Glenn 7.0 17.8
Fontan 10.0 14.1
Truncus 20.0 32.0
Norwood 27.0 56.9

Survival by surgery category, July 1, 2016-June 30, 2020

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons and European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery use STAT categories to group surgeries by risk of mortality. Categories are on a five-tier scale: STAT Category 1 is associated with surgeries that have the least risk, STAT Category 5 with surgeries that have the most. The categories are based on data from tens of thousands of surgeries. 

Doernbecher survival rate STS survival rate
STAT 1 99.5% 99.6%
STAT 2 98.2% 98.6%
STAT 3 98.0% 98.0%
STAT 4 94.6% 93.9%
STAT 5 70.8% 87.8%