We are dedicated to providing quality care in the specialties of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery for patients in the Triad. Our surgeons specialize in both adult cardiac surgery and thoracic oncology, and all members of our group are certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Our highly skilled cardiac surgical team is committed to the treatment of patients with cardiovascular disease. This includes coronary artery disease, heart valve disease and heart rhythm disturbances and disease of the lung and chest.  We provide highly specialized, expert surgical care and support for patients at Congdon Heart and Vascular Center and Hayworth Cancer Center at High Point Medical Center.

Our philosophy of care is a patient-focused, personal approach combined with communication and individualized surgical expertise. As a patient, you are part of our team and it is important you know what to expect before, during and after surgery. Our patients continue to be a part of our community of care and help us further our mission of providing the best care for those suffering from cardiovascular disease. Together, our cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons have more than 50 years of experience.

Cardiac Surgery

Comprehensive surgical care is provided by fellowship-trained, board certified specialists in adult cardiac surgery who collectively average nearly 1,000 open heart surgical procedures annually. All outcomes have been shared with the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Adult Cardiac Surgery National Database for more than 10 years. The excellent results we consistently obtain stem from a combination of excellent training, years of experience, and dedication to comprehensive patient care with a coordinated team approach and careful follow-up.

Commonly performed cardiac procedures include:

  • Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)
  • Off-pump Coronary Artery Bypass (OPCAB)
  • Endoscopic Saphenous Vein Procurement for CABG
  • Minimally-invasive heart valve surgery (port-access mini-thoracotomy)
  • Aortic Valve Replacement (including minimally-invasive techniques)
  • Mitral Valve Repair or Replacement (including minimally-invasive techniques)
  • Tricuspid Valve Repair or Replacement (including minimally-invasive techniques)
  • Surgical Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation or Maze Procedure (including minimally-invasive techniques)
  • Aortic Root Replacement (prosthetic valve conduit, bioprosthetic tissue valve conduit, and cryopreserved human allograft valve conduit)
  • Pulmonary Autograft Aortic Root Replacement (Ross Procedure)
  • Repair of Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms or Aortic Dissection
  • Stent-grafting of Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms
  • Repair of Adult Congenital Heart Lesions
  • ABIOMED Mechanical Ventricular Assist Support
  • Management of Major Thoracic Trauma
  • Pacemaker and Defibrillator Placement

Thoracic Surgery

Advanced surgical treatment of a wide variety of diseases of the chest is provided by fellowship-trained, board certified specialists in thoracic surgery. Our comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of lung cancer, esophageal cancer and other thoracic malignancies is coordinated through collaboration with specialists in medical oncology, radiation oncology and pulmonary medicine at Hayworth Cancer Center at High Point Medical Center.

Commonly performed thoracic procedures include:

  • Video-assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS) for Pulmonary Resection
  • Lobectomy, Pneumonectomy, Sleeve Lobectomy, Segmentectomy
  • Combined Pulmonary and Chestwall Resection and Reconstruction
  • VATS Wedge Resection or Lung Biopsy
  • VATS Pleurodesis for Spontaneous Pneumothorax or Pleural Effusions
  • VATS or Subxyphoid Pericardial Window, Pericardiectomy
  • VATS Drainage and Decortication for Empyema
  • Mediastinoscopy
  • Comprehensive Cancer Staging
  • Multimodality Therapy for Thoracic Malignancies
  • Wedge Resection with I-125 Vicryl Mesh Radioactive Seed Implantation
  • Laser Bronchoscopy
  • Endobronchial Stent Placement
  • Endobronchial Ultrasound and Transbronchial Biopsy
  • Esophagogastrectomy (transhiatal or transthoracic)
  • VATS Heller Myotomy for Achalasia
  • Resection of Mediastinal Tumors and Thymectomy
  • Dorsal Sympathectomy for Hyperhydrosis