Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery

Cardiology Nurses

  • Jeanine Rousse, RN
  • Lori Miknaitis, RN


The Section of Pediatric Cardiology provides comprehensive invasive and non-invasive cardiac care to neonates, children and adults with congenital heart disease in New Orleans and the State of Louisiana.  A full spectrum of interventional procedures including closure of septal defects, stent implantation, coil/device closure of PDA and anomalous blood vessels, balloon valvuloplasty procedures and hybrid procedures together with hybrid palliation for hypoplastic left heart syndrome is available. Non-invasive services consisting of electrocardiography, holter monitoring, pacemaker/defibrillator interrogation, exercise stress testing (including metabolic stress testing), tilt table testing, transtelephonic event monitor recording, transthoracic/transesophageal and fetal echocardiography are also available.
In cooperation with Tulane University Hospital for Children, the Section is spearheading the development of a state of the art Congenital Heart Center with completion slated for the summer of 2009.  The centerpiece of the project will be a "hybrid suite" (combined cardiac catheterization and operating suite) and a new cardiac operating suite. A pediatric cardiac intensive care unit is planned for later in the year.  The Center will also house a new Pediatric Cardiology Outpatient Clinic and non-invasive department.  The Center will serve as a focal point of the Section's echocardiographic and transtelephonic echo services.  Once established, the Section will be able to link outlying clinics within the State to pediatric cardiologists at Tulane University.  
Song Gui Yang, M.D., PhD
Dr. Yang joined the faculty of Tulane University in January of 2009 as an Associate Professor.  Dr. Yang completed his Pediatric Residency at the University of Saskatchewan and Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at both Dalhousie University College of Medicine and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  His area of expertise is Echocardiography and he spent an additional year of training at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia under Dr. Jack Rychik.  Prior to coming to Tulane, Dr. Yang was at the University of Louisville where he helped develop their fetal echo and outreach program. Dr. Yang's interests include fetal echocardiography and tele-echo (transmissional echocardiography).

Vitor Guerra, M.D.
Dr. Guerra is our newest pediatric cardiologist.  He was the Chief of the Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory at the Heart Institute of the University of Sao Paulo In Brazil. Their pediatric cardiac program is the largest in Latin America, performing approximately 800 pediatric cardiac surgeries a year. Dr. Guerra oversaw five full-time staff pediatric cardiologists and simultaneously trained eight echo fellows in clinical training and research. He has special expertise in transthoracic, transesophageal, and intraoperative and fetal echocardiography. His research interests include the novel technique of three-dimensional echocardiography with particular attention to three-dimensional software quantification of cardiac function.  He has had exceptional training and experience in clinical and investigative cardiology.

Dr. Guerra will spearhead the development of our fetal cardiology, transesophageal echo, and three-dimensional echo programs. He will be actively involved in the teaching of our medical students and residents and in the development of new clinical research protocols.

Thomas Yeh, M.D.
Dr. Yeh is the Elias Hanna Professor and Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Chief of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at Tulane University Hospital and Clinic. He is also Co-Director of the Congenital Heart Center at Tulane University.  Dr. Yeh obtained his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University and completed his cardiothoracic surgery training at the Medical College of Virginia.  Dr. Yeh did an additional year of training in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto under Dr. Bill Williams.  Dr. Yeh is also a highly skilled surgeon who specializes in the repair of chest wall deformities.  

Department of Pediatrics, 1430 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70112 504-988-5456