The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery treats diseases of the organs contained within the chest including diseases of the heart and great blood vessels and diseases of the lungs, chest wall, glandular tissues, and esophagus.
We use state-of-the-art techniques to treat birth defects of the heart and its large arteries that are identified in adults. Most commonly the surgeons treat problems acquired through adult life. Procedures include bypass grafting to relieve obstructed blood flow to the heart caused by coronary artery disease, surgeries to repair or replace malfunctioning heart valves and surgery on swollen or ripped large major blood vessels.
Our team has surgeons who specialize in all other diseases of the chest, including surgeries to remove tumors and cancers of the lungs, esophagus, and other chest organs, and reconstruction of the remaining tissues to establish the best possible quality of life. These surgeons are also very experienced in helping make patients more comfortable when their cancers have spread too far for cure. Our team can often perform their work through minimally invasive incisions, using special operating telescopes and cameras.