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


Myocardial bridge unroofing

Transmyocardial revascularization (TMR)

Valvular surgery

- Aortic valve surgery

- Mitral valve repair

- Tricuspid valve surgery

- Pulmonary valve surgery

- Natural heart valve repair

Transcatheter Valve Replacement

- Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)

- Transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR)

Our Doctors

Joseph Woo, MD

Ngan Huang, PhD

Pierre Theodore, MD

D. Craig Miller, MD

William Hiesinger, MD

Daniel Neto, MD

Philip Oyer, MD

JW MacArthur, MD

Daniel Bethencourt, MD

Michael Fischbein, MD, PhD

Ioannis Karakikes, PhD

Alan Malki, MD

Anson Lee, MD

A. Claire Watkins, MD

Noot Ruaengsri, MD

Jack Boyd, MD

Yasuhiro Shudo, MD

Yihan Lin, 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

Charlene Seegmiller

Cardiothoracic Surgery Liaison

Tomara Fingers

Cardiothoracic Surgery Liaison

Maria Caimol

Cardiothoracic Surgery Liaison Supervisor -CVH

Melinda Espinoza

Cardiothoracic Surgery Liaison

Seanne Lopez

Cardiothoracic Patient Admin Specialist

Veronica Cendejas

Cardiothoracic Surgery Liaison

Monica Guardiola

Cardiothoracic Surgery Liaison

Michelle Ho

Cardiothoracic Patient Admin Specialist

Juan Ayala

Cardiothoracic Surgery Liaison

Margarita Martinez

Cardiothoracic Surgery Liaison

Frances Ventura

Cardiothoracic Patient Admin Specialist

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