Cardiothoracic surgery at Sentara Heart is a highly regarded program with nationally recognized surgeons, superior quality and complex cases. Much like that of an academic center, this is a deep and diverse program that continues to treat increasingly acute cases.
It is also a program that can serve the many needs of patients in one place, sometimes in a single visit with multidisciplinary approaches offered in many programs for structural heart, thoracic oncology and aortic patients.
In 2016, the cardiothoracic surgery program reached an important milestone with 50,000 open heart cases being performed by the Sentara Mid-Atlantic Cardiothoracic Surgeons and the Sentara Heart surgery team. Each year the surgeons from Sentara Mid-Atlantic Cardiothoracic Surgeons manage more than 1,800 cases at Sentara Heart Hospital and Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. The cardiothoracic program brought innovative procedures new to Sentara Heart such as open Cox-Maze IV, WATCHMAN device for atrial fibrillation, intuity aortic valve and mitra-clip.
Sentara Mid-Atlantic Cardiothoracic Surgeons work closely with pulmonary medicine, oncology and radiology to provide a multidisciplinary approach to thoracic surgery. Our surgeons lead the regional effort to launch lung cancer screenings, participate in national Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) quality metrics, and perform sleeve thoracic surgeries (a highly complex procedure involving the lung).
This surgical group is highly regarded for its efforts to advance cardiovascular and thoracic practices. Individually, its members serve on a multitude of national committees.