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.

Cardiothoracic surgery advanced practice providers (APPs)

Outpatient and operating room advanced practice providers

Mary Sheridan Bilbao, MPAS, PA-C

APP for Joseph Woo, MD and Lead APP for OR & Outpatient teams

Irina Axelrod, PA-C

APP for Craig Miller, MD

Shari Miller, PA-C

APP for Jack Boyd, MD

Hilary C. Hammond, MMS, PA-C

APP for Richard-Tien Ha, MD

Aleya Hyderi, MHS, PA-C

APP for Anson Lee, MD

Amanda Edmonson, MPAS, PA-C

APP for Joseph Woo, MD

Shavawn Ryan, MPAS, PA-C

APP Float for Cardiac Surgery

Flora Y. Kim, AGACNP-BC

APP Float for Cardiac Surgery

Michelle Lozada, NP

APP for Thoracic/Aortic Clinic

Anna Hayes, PA-C

APP for VAD/Transplant

Intensive care unit (ICU)

Corinne Pogemiller, PA-C

Lead APP for ICU

Sarah Booth, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Yu "Kevin" Zeng, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Dina Wahbe, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Michelle Edwards, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Amy Salgado, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Kristie Duoss, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Heather Clark, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Lesha McPeak, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Inpatient and telemetry advanced practice providers

Emily Tognozzi, MMS, PA-C

Lead APP for Inpatient team

Yukfung Lee, PA-C

Cardiothoracic surgery

Hardeep Reddick, MBA, PA-C

Cardiothoracic surgery

Scarlette Aliga, NP

Cardiothoracic surgery

Xin "Cindy" Ma, PA-C

Cardiothoracic surgery

Richard Quitevis, MS, RN, AGACNP-BC

Cardiothoracic surgery

Joe Simmons, MS, ACNP-BC

Cardiothoracic surgery

Megan E. Atashroo, MSN, RN, FNP-BC

Cardiothoracic surgery

Tim Shieh, PA-C

Cardiothoracic surgery

Erica Mikhli, PA-C

Cardiothoracic surgery

Clara George, NP

Cardiothoracic surgery

Zoe Chan, PA-C

Cardiothoracic surgery

Jehan Shaukat, PA-C

Cardiothoracic surgery

Suzanne Sewell, MSN, FNP-BC

Cardiothoracic surgery

Nurse coordinators

Sophia Loo, RN, BSN, MSHA

Director of Cardiovascular Health Programs

Judi Lachenmyer, BSN, MS

Nurse coordinator to Craig Miller, MD & Michael Fischbein, MD, Cardiovascular Surgery

Sally F. Eastman, RN, BSN, CCRN

Nurse Coordinator to Jack Boyd, MD and Richard-Tien Ha, MD, Cardiovascular surgery

Ashley Liang, RN, BSN

Nurse Coordinator to Joseph Woo, MD, Cardiovascular surgery

John Niesen

Nurse Coordinator, Cardiovascular surgery

Surgery coordinators

Roberto Vargas

CVH Assistant Clinic Manager

Kay Alexander

Thoracic database coordinator

Pardis Babzani

Cardiovascular surgery coordinator

Maria "Ria" Caimol

Cardiovascular surgery coordinator

Ebony Harper

Cardiovascular surgery coordinator

Judith Sang

Cardiovascular surgery coordinator

Charlene Seegmiller

Cardiovascular surgery coordinator

Juan Ayala

Cardiovascular surgery coordinator

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