Adult Cardiac Surgery Services

The Stanford Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, a pioneer in cardiac surgery and heart transplantation, continues to set the pace as a leader in patient care, research innovation, and hands-on education of tomorrow's surgeons.

A History of Innovation

In 1968, Dr. Norman Shumway performed the first adult heart transplant in the United States, and established Stanford as a global leader in cardiac surgery. In 1981, Dr. Bruce Reitz completed the first combined heart and lung transplant in the world. A few years later, Dr. Philip Oyer was part of a team that first successfully used a mechanical device as a "bridge" to transplant, supporting a patient in end-stage heart failure until a heart transplant was possible. In the mid to late 1990s, Stanford cardiac surgeons were among the first to perform minimally invasive coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgeries.

Drs. Michael Dake, Craig Miller, and R. Scott Mitchell designed and implanted stent grafts to repair thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections (TEVAR). In the late 1990's pediatric cardiac surgeon Dr. Frank L. Hanley developed the technique of single-stage unifocalization to correct deficient pulmonary vasculature in a congenital heart defect with a single surgery rather than multiple procedures.

Today's cardiac surgeons at Stanford continue to extend this tradition of excellence with pioneering innovations in complex valve repair, minimally invasive and robotic operations, beating-heart surgery, hybrid aortic reconstruction, arrhythmia operations, triple-organ transplantation, novel artificial heart and lung devices, and stem cell therapy to repair and regenerate the heart.

Dr. Norman Shumway performing the first successful heart transplant in the United States

Services We Provide

Our Doctors

Joseph Woo, MD
Chairman &
Norman E. Shumway Professor

Jack Boyd, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

D. Craig Miller, MD
Thelma and Henry Doelger Professor
 

Ngan Huang, PhD
Assistant Professor
 

Philip Oyer, MD
Roy B. Cohn-Theodore A. Falasco Professor
 

William Hiesinger, MD
Assistant Professor
 

Michael Dake, MD
Thelma and Henry Doelger Professor
 

Yasuhiro Shudo, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Michael Fischbein, MD, PhD
Associate Professor

Ioannis Karakikes, PhD
Assistant Professor
 

Anson Lee, MD
Assistant Professor


A. Claire Watkins, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Your Care Team

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.

To assist you and your family, our physicians and clinical coordinators are available to provide you with the most advanced care. Our physicians, nurses, and support staff value the trust you place in us.

Cardiac Surgery Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Educational Programs

Megan Atashroo, MSN, RN, FNP-BC

Lead APP for Cardiac Surgery Educational Programs & Float Coverage

CT Surgery Outpatient, Operating Room, MCS & Transplant Teams

Mary Sheridan Bilbao, MPAS, PA-C

Lead APP for OR & Outpatient teams

Shari Miller, PA-C

APP for Dr. Jack Boyd

Michelle Lozada, NP

APP for Thoracic/Aortic Clinic

Casey Miller, NP

APP for MCS/Heart Transplant (Relief Coverage Only)

Amanda Edmonson, MPAS, PA-C

APP for Joseph Woo, MD

Shavawn Ryan, MPAS, PA-C

APP for Dr. William Hiesinger

Flora Kim, NP

APP for Lung Transplant & Cardiac

Hilary C. Hammond, MMS, PA-C

APP for Dr. Joseph Woo

Randy Maestretti, PA-C

OR Relief Coverage

Anna Hayes, PA-C

APP for MCS/Heart Transplant

Aleya Hyderi, MHS, PA-C

APP for Dr. Anson Lee

Irina Axelrod, PA-C

APP for Dr. Craig Miller/Aortic Clinic

Lisa Pizzolla, PA-C

APP for MCS/Heart Transplant

Cardiothoracic Surgery Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Team

Corinne Pogemiller, PA-C

Lead APP for ICU

Heather Clark, NP

APP for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Dina Wahbe, NP

APP for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Aaron Lamale, NP

APP for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Kristie Duoss, NP

APP for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Yu "Kevin" Zeng, NP

APP for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Jillian (Jill) Baker, NP

APP for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Courtney Nelson, PA-C

APP for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Amy Salgado Cucina, NP

APP for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Michelle Edwards, NP

APP for Cardiothoracic Surgery

CJ Haamankuli, NP

APP for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Iwan Sutana, NP

APP for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Sarah Booth, NP

APP for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Lesha McPeak, NP

APP for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Garrett Nintzel, PA-C

APP for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Kimberly Trinh, NP

APP for Cardiothoracic Surgery

CT Surgery Intermediate Intensive Care Unit (IICU) & Inpatient Team

Emily Tognozzi, MMS, PA-C

Lead APP for IICU

Joe Simmons, MS, ACNP-BC

APP for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Erica Mikhli, PA-C

APP for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Jehan Shaukat, PA-C

APP for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Xin "Cindy" Ma, PA-C

APP for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Hardeep Reddick, PA-C, MBA

APP for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Clara George, NP

APP for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Christina Kalemkeris, NP

APP for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Yukfung Lee, PA-C

APP for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Tim Shieh, PA-C

APP for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Zoe Chan, PA-C

APP for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Richard Quitevis, MS, RN, AGACNP-BC

APP for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Scarlette Aliga, NP

APP for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Suzanne Sewell, MSN, FNP-BC

APP for Cardiothoracic Surgery

Nurse Coordinators

Sophia Loo, RN, BSN, MSHA

Director of Cardiovascular Health Programs

Judi Lachenmyer, BSN, MS

Nurse Coordinator to Drs. Craig Miller and Michael Fischbein, Cardiovascular Surgery

Sally F. Eastman, RN, BSN, CCRN

Nurse Coordinator to Dr. Jack Boyd, Cardiovascular Surgery

Ashley Liang, RN, BSN

Nurse Coordinator to Dr. Joseph Woo, Cardiovascular Surgery

John Niesen, RN

Nurse Coordinator, Cardiovascular Surgery

Catherine Joseph, RN

Program Manager, Cardiovascular Surgery

Christina Wing, RN

Nurse Coordinator for Dr. Woo

Stacey Tullis, RN

Nurse Coordinator for Dr. Hiesinger

Surgery Coordinators

Roberto Vargas

Cardiovascular Health Assistant Clinic Manager

Veronica Cendejas

Thoracic Database Coordinator

Cindy Jeon

Cardiovascular Surgery Coordinator

Kay Alexander

Thoracic Database Coordinator

Judith Sang

Cardiovascular Surgery Coordinator

Pardis Babzani

Cardiovascular Surgery Coordinator

Charlene Seegmiller

Cardiovascular Surgery Coordinator

Maria "Ria" Caimol

Cardiovascular Surgery Coordinator

Juan Ayala

Cardiovascular Surgery Coordinator

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