Specialties: Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiovascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Board Certifications: Cardiothoracic Surgery
Special Interests: Adult cardiac surgery including: Aortic valve replacement, mitral valve repair and replacement, coronary artery bypass, atrial fibrillation ablation, aortic surgery, high risk cardiac surgery, closure of ASD/PFO's, re-operative cardiac surgery, critical care of the surgical patient, tricuspid valve surgery, treatment of pericardial disorders.
General thoracic surgery including: treatment of neoplasms involving the lungs, esophagus, mediastinum and chest wall, treatment of pleural diseases, drainage of abscesses of the lungs, mediastinum and pleural spaces, thorascopic lung and pleural surgery, and cervical mediastinoscopy.
Professional School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Internship: Naval Hospital Oakland; Naval Aerospace Medical Institute
Residency: Naval Hospital Oakland
Fellowship: University of Wisconsin
Society of Thoracic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, American College of Chest Physicians
Harrison HealthPartners Cardiac Anesthesiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery
Practice Philosophy: Having performed over 2,000 open heart and thoracic surgeries, I understand that surgery should be a treatment of last resort. All of the patients that walk into my office have an illness that can no longer be managed with medicines or with stents. The patients who are facing open heart or thoracic surgery are almost always frightened. Mostly they are frightened by the unknown and by imagined pain, the fear of adverse outcomes and potential complications. In each case, I attempt to provide them with understandable information, outline a treatment plan and discuss the risks associated with each procedure. (In most cases, their imagined expectations far exceed the actual discomfort or risks.) I perform each procedure in its entirety and am literally there from skin incision until skin closure.
I also coordinate the care they receive in the hospital from admission to discharge and am available by phone or visit until I am able to turn them back over to their primary provider. I treat each patient with the dignity and respect that I would wish for if I were ill. We place an emphasis on controlling pain and early mobilization after surgery. I truly believe that bad things happen to those patients who just lie in bed. I am blessed to work with a team of caring, motivated professionals who constantly strive to provide excellent care to our patients. I am proud to say that at Harrison we have achieved exceptional results and outcomes in the treatment of cardiac and thoracic disease and we have accomplished this with exceptional effort and teamwork.