Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery Department of Surgery
UF thoracic and cardiovascular surgeons provide the latest in surgical care, including advanced, leading-edge and minimally invasive procedures at UF Health in Gainesville. They are at the forefront of research initiatives to further improve patient care and quality of life.
In the 2010-2011 edition of America’s Best Hospitals, published by U.S. News & World Report, heart care and heart surgery at UF Health ranked the highest among Florida hospitals and 32nd nationwide. UF surgeons offer the full spectrum of care from routine cardiac surgical procedures to surgical care for complex patient cases.
Faculty members engage in outstanding basic science and clinical research, education of medical students and residents, local and national administrative leadership and thoughtful care of patients before, during and after surgery.
The University of Florida has had an approved residency in Thoracic Surgery for over thirty years. Ours is a 3-year program, primarily based in our university hospital, Shands at UF, with rotations at an affiliated Veterans Administration Medical Center.
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UF Health thoracic and cardiovascular surgeons offer a wide range of surgical procedures for congenital, traumatic, infectious, and other diseases of the chest. The focus of the division is generally on the heart, the great vessels of the chest and the lungs.
UF Health surgeons and cardiologists collaborate to offer the full spectrum of care for patients with atrial fibrillation. UF Health cardiovascular surgeons and cardiologists are collaborating to provide complete care for patients. Treatments range from medicine to surgery, and each patient’s treatment plan is tailored specifically to what is the best for them.
UF Health cardiothoracic surgeons work together with UF Health vascular surgeons at the UF Health Aorta Center to treat all types of aortic diseases. The multidisciplinary team provides rapid, cutting-edge, quality medical and surgical care to all patients with known or suspected aortic disease.
All aspects of congenital cardiac care function as an interactive team at the University of Florida. The interventional catheterization lab, the cardiologists, the surgeons, the intensive care units, and nursing staff, must function as a single unit to provide the best care available for these complex patients.
UF thoracic surgeons treat malignancies of the chest, with a primary focus on the lungs. Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, and our surgeons may be involved in many aspects of the diagnosis and treatment of this prevalent problem.
University of Florida Health surgeons and researchers maintain a keen interest in the evolving field of mechanical circulatory support. As the population continues to age and the prevalence of heart failure continues to increase, this becomes a ubiquitous problem in society.
Because UF Health is an academic medical center, the multidisciplinary UF Health cardiac team is better equipped than most other centers to deal with mitral valve repair, with easier access to advanced technologies, techniques and training.
We have a large number of short- and long-term clinical trials underway involving the use of new pharmacotherapeutic agents or new therapeutic strategies for the treatment of heart and vascular related issues.