Adult Cardiac Surgery In the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Patient Care

Stanford's Adult Cardiac Surgery Department enjoys an international reputation for excellence in all aspects of surgical treatment of heart disease. Stanford University Hospital was one of the first facilities on the West Coast to perform open-heart surgery in the 1950s. The center later completed the first heart transplant under the direction of Dr. Norman Shumway, in January 1968. Today, Stanford surgeons carry out advanced procedures and pioneer new ones, with an emphasis on minimally invasive techniques whenever possible.

For example, Stanford heart surgeons may elect to do port-access coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) using small incisions in the chest rather than opening the chest in the traditional manner. In another case, Dr. Bruce Reitz has performed more than 90 advanced valvular surgeries known as the Ross procedure, in which the pulmonary valve is used to replace the malfunctioning aortic valve, and is in turn replaced by an artificial valve. In younger patients, this procedure helps the artificial valve last longer. There are many other examples of such innovative approaches.

In addition to heart and lung transplantation, cardiac surgery services include:

In addition to five attending cardiac surgeons, the team is composed of clinical instructors in an approved residency program leading to certification by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, clinical nurse specialists, dedicated cardiac anesthesiologists, and nurses specialized in the care of postsurgical patients. There are facilities for telemetry for cardiac arrhythmias and an excellent postsurgical rehabilitation and physical therapy program to enhance recovery.

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