The history of the clinic

The main building of the hospital. Facial and side facades

In 1992, the Department of Cardiac Surgery and Neonatal Resuscitation was opened at the Institute of Cardiovascular Surgery (ICS) of the Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine. In the same year, the first successful surgical correction of a congenital malformation in a newborn baby was performed.

In 1996, the Institute of Cardiac Surgery and Neonatal Resuscitation was established under the ICS of the Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, headed by Ilya Emets. After receiving experience in cardio surgery in foreign schools in Sydney and Melbourne (Australia), Toronto (Canada), Paris (France), Dr. Emets headed the first and the main specialized institution in our country that provides consultative and therapeutic help to newborns with congenital heart defects not only to residents Ukraine, but also to the inhabitants of the CIS countries.

A group of clinic doctors

In 2003, the State Institution “Scientific and Practical Center of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine” was established in accordance with the order of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine from 02 February 2003 №150 in pursuance of the resolution of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of 06 March 2003 №631-IV “On the creation and equipping in Ukraine of the Center for Cardiac Surgery of Newborns”. In 2006, the Center for the ICS of the AMS of Ukraine named after. N.N. Amosov moved to a new building on the 28/1 Chornovil Street. The Corps of the Center is located in the historical building of the “Free Hospital of the Tsarevich Nicholas for Unskilled Workers”, built in 1894 with the funds of the famous Kyiv patron Nikola Tereshchenko. In December 2010, the second building of the Center was opened on the 24 Melnikova Street.

I teach from a teacher. Illya Yemets and Volodymyr Zhovnir


In 2012, it was exactly 20 years since Dr. Emets took the first operative correction of congenital heart disease in a newborn in Ukraine and in the all post-Soviet space.

Thus, Ilya Yemts has laid the foundation of the medical discipline of cardiac surgery of newborns in Ukraine. Despite the fact that domestic and foreign medicine has accumulated a great experience in the surgical treatment of heart defects, especially congenital ones, in recent decades, every newborn with complex heart defects presents a special and difficult diagnostic task. And now the problem of diagnosis of congenital heart defects in the early stages of neonatal development has become one of the leading scientific and practical directions of the Center and has revealed the prospects for the development of early prenatal diagnostics and surgical treatment of critical heart defects in our country.


Governor Jack Olson of the Rotary Club, thanks to which Ukrainian cardiac surgeons learned to operate the youngest children, together with Ilya Yamets and a small patient on “Run under Chestnuts – 2012”


Since 2006, the Center has for the first time begun to present to the medical community a whole range of new revolutionary methods of treating cardiovascular diseases of newborns and young children.

Thanks to the productive scientific program, the transition to innovative surgical technologies and the selected direction of surgical treatment of heart and vascular diseases of newborns and children, the basic cardio surgical technologies were created and introduced under the guidance of the Director of the Center, Ilya Yemts. This contributed to the fact that the Center stood near the world’s leading surgical clinics.


Ilya Yemets and the prominent cardiac surgeon Timothy Carthill (Australia) at the “Run under Chestnuts – 2011”, surrounded by children who have been treated in the past at the Center for Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiology.


The Center is a unique medical institution in terms of the age structure of patients and the level of complexity of the operations that are performed here. By their number, the Center ranks first in Europe. Since the establishment of the Center (2003), the number of complex operations has increased and, at the same time, the postoperative mortality has declined.

Over the past 10 years, the Center has consulted 281,559 patients with congenital and acquired heart defects. 16,505 cardio surgical operations were performed, including 7419 children under the age of one year. 144300 specialized echocardiographic examinations and 157501 highly informative X-ray diagnostic studies were also conducted.



Illya Yemets and his first patient, who was rescued by a radical correction of congenital malformation at an early age – Mikhail Kikot. It was from this boy in 1992 that the history of Ukrainian cardiosurgery of infants began. Now boys and girls of life and health have been saved in our Center for thousands.

Identification of congenital heart defects in the womb

In 2014, the Center consulted 25,133 patients, hospitalized 4253 patients and performed 2,898 operations. The level of postoperative mortality is 0.89% compared with 3-4% in the best Western European and American clinics.

Therefore, for today one of the urgent problems of pediatric cardiology is the early diagnosis of CHD, especially complex, with a critical course in the first days and weeks of life of the newborn. The center has become one of the leading in the organization and management of pregnancy and childbirth in women with prenatally diagnosed heart defects.

Specialized care for the detection of congenital heart disease begins with ultrasound screening at the first level of medical care and in accordance with the government program for the creation of prenatal centers in Ukraine. The center is the initiator of training of cardiologists from the regions.


The number of examinations of pregnant women has increased, for the last three years 50% of which have been diagnosed congenital heart disease of the fetus, which means that every second examination of the fetal heart reveals the pathology of the cardiovascular system.

A memorable gift to the director of the Center Ilya Yemtsu from the great cardiac surgeon, Mykola Amosov

Of which, more than a third are critical, requiring a special prenatal algorithm for the birth and transportation of a child in the first hours of life in the cardiac surgery center.


Currently, the Center for Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, under the leadership and with the direct participation of Ilya Yemets, provides a wide range of cardio surgical interventions, ranging from congenital heart defects of newborns and to acquired defects of an adult patient. Every year, the practice of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine introduces new technologies for surgical intervention of newborns, for example, the first in Ukraine Ross procedure of newborn, oncological operations of children with artificial circulation, the first plastic trachea in Ukraine with artificial circulation, the first in Ukraine Ross procedure II, the Damus-Kaye-Stansel procedure and others.