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. 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

Complex thoracic aortic aneurysm surgery

- Dissection

- Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR)

Transplant Surgery

        - Heart transplant

        - Lung transplant

        - Advanced Lung Support Program

        - Heart-lung transplant

        Transplant Support Services

        - Transplant patient and family support

Stem cell therapy

Tumor removal

Our Doctors

Joseph Woo, MD

Ngan Huang, PhD

Pierre Theodore, MD

D. Craig Miller, MD

William Hiesinger, MD

Daniel Bethencourt, MD

Philip Oyer, MD

JW MacArthur, MD

Alan Malki, MD

Michael Fischbein, MD, PhD

Ioannis Karakikes, PhD

Noot Ruaengsri, MD

Anson Lee, MD

A. Claire Watkins, MD

Yihan Lin, MD

Jack Boyd, MD

Yasuhiro Shudo, MD

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.

Advanced Practice Providers (APPs)

Surgery Coordinators

Roberto Vargas

Clinical Operations Manager - CVH

Monica Guardiola

Cardiothoracic Surgery Liaison

Norma Castaneda-Garza

Cardiothoracic Surgery Liaison

Michelle Ho

Cardiothoracic Patient Admin Specialist

Maria Caimol

Cardiothoracic Surgery Liaison Supervisor -CVH

Veronica Cendejas

Cardiothoracic Surgery Liaison

Jenny Chen

Cardiothoracic Surgery Liaison

Seanne Lopez

Cardiothoracic Patient Admin Specialist


Cardiothoracic Surgery Liaison

Margarita Martinez

Cardiothoracic Surgery Liaison

Elda Shahbazi

Cardiothoracic Surgery Liaison

Charlene Seegmiller

Cardiothoracic Surgery Liaison

Melinda Espinoza

Cardiothoracic Surgery Liaison

Frances Ventura

Cardiothoracic Patient Admin Specialist

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