Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

pediatric cardiac surgery

Massimo Griselli, MD, MS, FRCS, Professor & Chief, Division of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery  

The Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Department of Surgery located at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital provide the best expertise in congenital heart disease treatment and care which includes all ranges of conventional procedures in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery and the most advanced types of mechanical circulatory assistance and heart transplantation.  Within the last year, the first adolescent with single ventricle physiology in the United States has been bridged to successful heart transplantation with a Heart Mate III at Masonic Children's Hospital.

Our Mission

  1. Provide outstanding care for individuals with congenital heart disease throughout all age groups
  2. Provide most advanced mechanical circulatory support for heart failure in congenital heart disease
  3. Engage in education, research and leadership to advance pediatric cardiothoracic care globally


Professor & Chief: 
Massimo Griselli, MD, MS, FRCS

Associate Professor:
Sameh M. Said, MD

Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship Program

This Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship program focuses on a greater educational opportunity around inpatient post-operative care management.  The Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship contains a robust transplant and VAD training program and it is highly focused on research efforts in those areas. Achieving the program’s goals and objectives will serve as evidence of personal and professional growth. Achieving these goals and objectives will represent satisfactory levels of progress. While faculty is supervising patient care, they will continuously provide feedback and mentorship. Our goal for this fellowship is to have our fellows feel supported, encouraged, and confident in their skills.

Bakken Symposium: Advances in Heart & Lung Transplantation

This course highlights the past, present, and future of heart and lung transplantation with a focus on optimizing outcomes through patient selection, procedural enhancements, and organ preservation. It discusses the role of technology in maximizing donor utilization and providing alternatives to transplantation. The breath of the course covers changes in therapies, shifts in practice, and emerging options for patients with organ failure.