At Driscoll Children’s Hospital, our care for children with heart conditions begins even before birth with a diagnosis in utero. This care extends throughout childhood to adulthood and beyond. Driscoll Children’s Hospital established Cardiothoracic Surgery Services soon after it opened its doors in 1953. In 1984, Driscoll’s Dr. James Duff performed the first successful neonatal arterial switch in Texas.

The Heart Center at Driscoll Children’s Hospital began a renewed pursuit of excellence in late 2019 under the new leadership of Dr. Stephen Langley, Medical Director and Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery. We believe that low mortality and complication rates, and a short length of stay, are cornerstones of program quality.

Conditions We Treat

Our Heart Center manages all types of complex congenital cardiac defects including:

  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS)
  • Aortic, mitral and tricuspid valve dysfunction
  • Single ventricle heart disease
  • Transposition of the great arteries
  • Atrioventricular septal defect
  • Tetralogy of Fallot

Driscoll Children's Outcome Data

Outcomes for patients with congenital heart disease across the country are collected by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). Data is subdivided into five different groups depending on the level of risk. STAT 1 includes lower risk conditions and STAT 5 the highest. This allows us to benchmark our outcomes with national data.

Mortality/Survival Rates: 2019 - 2023

The overall survival rate at The Driscoll Heart Center is over 98.1%.

Category Number of Driscoll Patients STS/National Mortality Driscoll Mortality Driscoll Survival Rate
STAT 1 (low risk) 0/216 0.6% 0.0% 100%
STAT 2 2/125 1.9% 1.6% 98.4%
STAT 3 1/72 3.5% 1.4% 98.6%
STAT 4 6/81 7.8% 7.4% 92.6%
STAT 5 (high risk) 1/31 14.7% 3.23% 96.8%
All Patients 10/525 2.7% 1.9% 98.1%

Our team has been very busy caring for the smallest, youngest, and highest-risk patients. Of our 525 patients, 65% were either neonates or infants - compared to 50% nationally. Fifty percent more of our patients were in the risk category STAT 4 or 5 compared to patients nationally.

Length of Stay

Post-surgical length of stay (LOS) in hospital is expressed as a median in days. The Heart Center at Driscoll Children's Hospital has a notably shorter length of stay than the national average. This is the result of highly specialized diagnosis, collaborative presurgical planning, quality technical repair and exceptional post-op care. We believe the length of time it takes a child to recover after cardiac surgery is a surrogate marker for the quality of the entire Heart Center.

Category Number of Driscoll Patients National LOS Driscoll LOS Driscoll LOS vs National Average
STAT 1 (low risk) 216 11 4 7 days less
STAT 2 125 23 6 17 days less
STAT 3 72 27 8 19 days less
STAT 4 81 38 12 26 days less
STAT 5 (high risk) 31 58 19.5 25.5 days less
All Patients 525 N/A 6 Median Driscoll LOS: 6

Cumulatively these 525 patients stayed in the hospital after their surgery a total of 7111 days (19.5 years) less than an equivalent average of 525 patients in the national database.

Selected Procedures National LOS Driscoll LOS Driscoll LOS vs National Average
Atrioventricular Septal Defect 17 9 8 days less
Coarctation 14 6 8 days less
Fontan 12 8 4 days less
Glenn 19 5 14 days less
Norwood 58 21 37 days less
Tetralogy of Fallot 13 5 8 days less
VSD 11 4 7 days less

Driscoll Children's Surgery Center

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In the Hands of Experts

The cardiothoracic program is comprised of some of the nation’s most sophisticated surgeons, cardiologists, intensivists and anesthesiologists that are dedicated exclusively to the care of children with congenital heart disease. The team has performed more than 500 procedures over the last two years, including newborns with complex heart lesions, single ventricle abnormalities, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, truncus arteriosus, interrupted aortic arch and transposition of the great arteries.
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Seamless Specialist Care

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Contact any of our specialty clinics to schedule a convenient one-day visit to all your child’s specialists.

Call 361-694-5000 or your 
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Meet the Cardiothoracic Surgery Team

Mohamed F. Algahim MD
Mohamed F. Algahim
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Stephen M. Langley MD, FRCS (CTh), FETCS
Stephen M. Langley
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Inder Mehta MD
Inder Mehta
Cardiothoracic Surgery
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Cardiothoracic Surgery Locations

Driscoll Children's Hospital, Corpus Christi

3533 S. Alameda St.
Corpus Christi
(361) 694-5000
Cardiothoracic Surgery
(361) 694-4161
(361) 808-2772

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