Treatments & Procedures

Stanford's Cardiac Surgery program enjoys an international reputation for excellence in all aspects of surgical treatment of heart disease.

Stanford Hospital & Clinics 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 U.S. under the direction of Dr. Norman Shumway, in January 1968.

Today, Stanford cardiac surgeons carry out advanced procedures and pioneer new ones, with an emphasis on minimally invasive techniques whenever possible. For example, our talented heart surgeons may elect to do a port-access coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) using small incisions in the chest, rather than opening the chest in the traditional manner.

In addition to heart transplant, the cardiac surgery program at Stanford offers the following treatments and procedures:

In addition to the attending cardiac surgeons, the team is composed of fellows 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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