Programs and Services

Cardiac Surgery Clinic

The cardiovascular surgeons at Dell Children’s Regional Heart Center, a partnership with UT Southwestern Medical Center, use the latest technology to treat and repair the entire spectrum of congenital and acquired defects in infants, children and adolescents. In consultation with other physicians and the child’s family, the surgeons create a surgical plan according to each individual’s unique heart defect and history.

All surgical procedures are performed under the care of specially trained pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists. Procedures that require cardiopulmonary bypass are performed with pediatric perfusionists. Perfusionists operate the heart-lung machine which provides oxygenation and circulation to the body during open-heart surgery. Pediatric cardiologists perform transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) during surgery to assess heart function.

Our surgical team includes:

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Dell Children’s Regional Heart Center, a partnership with UT Southwestern Medical Center, has a long history of providing excellent pediatric cardiac care in Central Texas. We performed our first open-heart surgery in 1988 when our program was located at Brackenridge Hospital. In 2007, we moved into the Dell Children’s Medical Center with state-of-the-art cardiac operating rooms and catheterization labs to service the 46-county area. In 2010, we formed a partnership with UT Southwestern Medical Center and Children’s Medical Center Dallas to further expand cardiac surgery services at Dell Children’s.

How to Prepare Your Child for a Cardiac Surgery

Finding out that your child needs a heart surgery is often an overwhelming experience for you and your family. A Parent’s Guide to Cardiac Surgery provides helpful information on how best to prepare your child for the surgery, the pre-operative visit and the hospital stay, and local support services.

Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgeon

Dr. Camille Hancock Friesen is a full-time pediatric cardiovascular surgeon at Dell Children’s Regional Heart Center, a partnership with UT Southwestern Medical Center. This is the only heart care program in Central Texas that offers a full continuum of cardiac diagnostic and treatment services including congenital heart surgery, interventional cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology and echocardiography.

With over 13 years of experience in adult congenital and pediatric cardiac surgery, Dr. Hancock Friesen has both academic and administrative leadership roles as well as an active research portfolio that has culminated in her promotion to Professor. She is married to Jeff, and they are parents to two wonderful sons. Dell Children’s Medical Center welcomes Dr. Hancock Friesen and her family to Central Texas.

Medical Director of the Pediatric Division of Cardiovascular Surgery


  • Medical: Medical degree (with distinction), University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada, 1992
  • Residency: General Surgery University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada, 1998
  • Residency: Cardiac Surgery Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada, 2000
  • Fellowship: Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Harvard University, Boston, MA, 2002


Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Cardiac Surgery

For patient referrals, please call 1-855-324-0091.