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 in the United States 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.

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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