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Diagnostic/Screening Services: 

See our echocardiography services page.

Therapeudic Services: 

Cardiac Surgical Services, under the leadership of Chief of Surgery Dr. Russ White, MD, MPH, FACS, FCS(ECSA), will be expanding beginning January 2015 to offer year round treatment for valvular heart disease (for children and adults weighing over 35kg).  Children weighing under 35kg can receive treatment at one of our “Cardiac Camps”, which occur 2-3 times per year.  At “Cardiac Camp”, which last for 1-2 weeks, teams from various US institutions including Vanderbilt University and Maine Medical, come to Tenwek and treat children with the full range of congenital and valvular heart conditions.  Additionally, intermittent pediatric cardiac consultation is available at Tenwek.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with specific inquiries regarding dates and availability of pediatric cardiac consultation or “Cardiac Camps” at Tenwek.

Mechanical valveFor all cardiac services at Tenwek, please bring all of your past patient records with you to the hospital (patient records, radiology films, echo reports etc.)

Tenwek Cardiac Surgery Statistics:

  • 250+ open heart cases to date.  Expanding service availability beginning January, 2015 
  • 3% perioperative mortality rate
  • Typical length of post-operative stay: 7 days total (2-3 days in ICU) 



  • single valve replacement:  250,000  Ksh*  
  • double valve replacement: 350,000 Ksh*
  • most congenital cases: 200,000 Ksh*

*This includes the entire hospital cost for most surgeries.  Unexpected complications requiring addition trips to the OR, extended ICU/hospital stays etc. may incur more costs.