Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anesthesia

Welcome to the website for Stanford’s Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anesthesia Division. The primary goal is to provide first-rate perioperative care to a high-acuity and complex patient population. Cardiovascular Medicine at Stanford has a remarkable history, pioneering heart and lung transplantation, thoracic aortic reconstruction, endovascular aortic repair, trans-catheter aortic valve replacement, and mechanical circulatory support.

Featured News

Our Chief of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Louise Sun, discusses how she's using big data sets to shape the future of cardiac anesthesiology.

Read about her work to improve patient outcomes and the role gender equity plays in that mission:


Our faculty participate in local and national organizations that educate the public in cardiovascular health. Prevention of cardiovascular disease is critically important for every individual. Simple steps such as cessation of smoking, weight control, control of high blood pressure, and control of cholesterol and lipids can lead to a marked reduction in cardiovascular disease.

We recommend the following web sites for further information and education.