Pigula Joins Team at Children’s Hospital New Orleans

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NEW ORLEANS – Children’s Hospital New Orleans announced that it has hired congenital heart surgeon Frank Pigula to be its chief of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery. Pigula’s background includes 12 years as clinical director of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital, the top-ranked children’s hospital in the country by US News & World Report. Pigula has also held leadership positions in cardiac surgery at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Norton Children’s (formerly Kosair Children’s), and most recently at AdventHealth Children’s Hospital in Orlando, FL.

Pigula will serve as co-director of the Heart Center at Children’s Hospital, alongside Dr. Thomas Kimball, chief of pediatric cardiology. Kimball joined Children’s Hospital in 2019 from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where he was medical director of cardiology.

“The growth of our Heart Center team has positioned Children’s Hospital New Orleans to expand specialized pediatric cardiology services for children and families across the State of Louisiana and the Gulf South” says John R. Nickens IV, president and CEO at Children’s Hospital New Orleans. “Dr. Pigula will bring a level of experience and expertise in congenital heart surgery that is unmatched in our region.”

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