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 60 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, January 2015-December 2018

Number of surgeries Survival rate
Doernbecher 751 97.3%
STS 98,049 97.2%

Survival rates by type of surgery, January 2015-December 2018

Number of surgeries Survival rate
Doernbecher 35 97.1%
STS 3,863 98.8%
Number of surgeries Survival rate
Doernbecher 48 100%
STS 7,474 99.5%
Number of surgeries Survival rate
Doernbecher 41 97.6%
STS 4,904 98.9%
Number of surgeries Survival rate
Doernbecher 27 96.3%
STS 3,275 97.9%
Number of surgeries Survival rate
Doernbecher 20 100%
STS 1,882 97.9%
Number of surgeries Survival rate
Doernbecher 7 100%
STS 853 94.9%
Number of surgeries Survival rate
Doernbecher 24 100%
STS 4,288 98.0%
Number of surgeries Survival rate
Doernbecher 32 100%
STS 4,057 99.0%
Number of surgeries Survival rate
Doernbecher 2 100%
STS 584 91.0%
Number of surgeries Survival rate
Doernbecher 21 76.2%
STS 2,711 85.5%

Days in the hospital

Doernbecher STS
Off-bypass coarctation 5.0 12.1
VSD 4.0 9.2
TOF 6.0 11.7
Complete AVC 8.0 17.9
ASO 9.0 17.4
ASO + VSD 13.0 22.0
Glenn 6.0 14.2
Fontan 8.5 13.3
Truncus 17.5 29.7
Norwood 21.0 48.4

Survival by surgery category, January 2015-December 2018

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 1 100% 99.6%
STAT 2 98.7% 98.5%
STAT 3 98.9% 97.9%
STAT 4 92.4% 93.7%
STAT 5 80.0% 86.0%