Welcome to the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Utah Medical Center. Our specialty treats diseases within the chest and includes the treatment of heart disease, thoracic aneurysms, lung disease and disorders of the esophagus. Our mission is to provide all of our patients and their families with the best possible care-through outstanding surgical results as well as comprehensive and compassionate care, to educate future cardiothoracic surgeons, and to advance the understanding and treatment of cardiac and thoracic disorders through research-basic and clinical.
We are a full service Cardiothoracic Surgery program and perform the entire spectrum of heart, lung and esophageal surgery. We use a multidisciplinary approach to provide each patient with an individualized plan of care that is based on the most current medical literature, technology and available research. Patient care services are offered at the University of Utah Hospital, Huntsman Cancer Hospital, Salt Lake VA Medical Center and Primary Children's Medical Center.
Our faculty are nationally recognized and are committed to quality outcomes, excellence in patient care, and to the unique and individual needs of our patients and their families. Many of the patients referred to the University of Utah are thought to be inoperable, very complicated, or high-risk. We serve as a resource to patients from all over the intermountain region, including: Utah, Nevada, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.
Our surgeons are helping to shape the future of heart and lung surgery, spearheading innovative research and advancing new and less invasive surgical techniques. Our faculty receive numerous research and grant awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), industry sponsors, and various research foundations. Through our research programs, we are actively pursuing the next generation of therapies including clinical research efforts in the areas mechanical assist device implantation and stem cell therapy. Basic science research opportunities in these areas are also being pursued.
The University of Utah Affiliated Hospitals Thoracic Surgery Residency Program provides integrated training in all areas of cardiac and thoracic surgery through an intensive two-year clinical and didactic program. This program is ACGME accredited and dedicated to the education and training of individuals who will become qualified, competent, and knowledgeable cardiothoracic surgeons.