Children's Heart Surgery
Dr. David Hockmuth with the Iowa Heart Center and Mercy is the only pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon in central Iowa.
Our philosophy is that pediatric care must embrace the extended family to lessen the anxiety on both the child and their support system. Patients and their families benefit from Mercy's collaborative relationships with pediatric cardiologists and pediatric intensivists.
Board-certified pediatric cardiologists provide expert diagnostic and interventional care using the Variety Pediatric Catheterization Suite. This suite is equipped with leading-edge technology that provides precise views of a child’s heart.
The Variety Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is staffed by two pediatric intensivists who further enhance our pediatric surgery program. Their 24-hour coverage for post-operative pediatric heart patients and skill in pediatric cardiac critical care medicine assure that the patient receives quality care.
David R. Hockmuth M.D.
Dr. Hockmuth has unique expertise in pediatric heart surgery and valve replacement procedures. He joined Iowa Heart Center in 1992, and practices at Mercy Medical Center Des Moines.
He is the only pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon in central Iowa, and has been certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, and Congenital Cardiac Surgery subspecialty.
The American Board of Thoracic Surgery created the certification to acknowledge advanced clinical competence in the treatment of children and young adults with congenital and acquired heart disease. Congenital cardiac surgery refers to the procedures that are performed to repair the many types of heart defects that may be present at birth and can occasionally go undiagnosed into adulthood.
Dr. Hockmuth has completed more than 2,000 surgical procedures on pediatric patients at Mercy Medical Center Des Moines.
He is part of a team of Mercy-based health care providers who travel to the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. The group selects 30 children who otherwise would not receive the livesaving cardiothoracic surgeries they need. Dr. Hockmuth has performed these surgical procedures since 1992. The program has helped nearly 1,000 children–many of whom suffered from congenital heart defects.