Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery


Cardiovascular and Thoracic surgery is the surgical treatment of disorders of the heart, lungs, esophagus, and major blood vessels of the chest.

This technology-driven specialty is constantly evolving, with research and emerging technologies leading toward less invasive procedures that result in patients recovering faster and with better outcomes.

Cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons receive advanced training. After graduating from medical school and completing their general residencies, they complete either a 5-year general surgery residency followed by a two- or three-year cardiothoracic surgery residency program, or enter into a six-year integrated cardiothoracic surgery residency. Many cardiothoracic surgeons participate in teaching and research, leading efforts concerning prevention, diagnosis, and new techniques for treating cardiothoracic disorders.

Cardiovascular and Thoracic surgeons at CHI Health treat many disorders, including:

Aortic Aneurysm
Aortic Stenosis
Congenital Anomalies of the Heart
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)
Lung Cancer
Mitral Valve Regurgitation / Insufficiency
Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm

Cardiovascular surgeons at CHI Health perform many types of procedures, including:

Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Repair
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery - CABG
LVAD or VAD/Impella
Mitral Valve Repair
Patent Foramen Ovale Repair
Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery