Heart (cardiac) and chest (thoracic) surgeons at Mayo Clinic diagnose and surgically treat conditions of the heart, lungs and chest. They perform more than 4,000 cardiac surgeries each year at the clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota.

Mayo Clinic surgeons are on the leading edge of treating cardiovascular and cardiothoracic conditions, including those that are rare and complex. They use the latest innovations in heart surgery, such as minimally invasive heart surgery with robot-assisted techniques.

A team focused on you

Cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgeons at Mayo Clinic are part of an integrated, multidisciplinary team of doctors and health care professionals who provide individualized care. They ensure you receive exactly the care you need by working with experts in cardiovascular medicine, gastroenterology and hepatology, hematology, oncology, pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine, vascular medicine, endovascular surgery, anesthesiology, pathology, radiology, pediatrics, and physical therapy. Your care team may also include nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dietitians and geneticists.

Mayo Clinic's team approach to care means your test results are available quickly and appointments are scheduled in coordination. What might take months elsewhere can often be done in days here.

Experience

Mayo Clinic cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgeons perform more than 4,000 cardiac surgeries each year. They treat many conditions and perform many complex procedures, including heart failure surgery, heart transplantation, heart valve surgery, surgery to treat congenital heart defects in children and congenital heart disease in adults, transcatheter aortic valve replacement and implantation of ventricular assist devices, and total artificial hearts.

Cardiovascular surgery is also provided to children at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Cardiovascular surgeons trained in treating children work closely with doctors trained in treating child and adolescent cardiovascular conditions (pediatric cardiologists) as well as other pediatric specialists to provide comprehensive care.

Mayo Clinic Health System clinics, hospitals and health care facilities serve more than 60 communities in Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Cardiovascular surgeons also perform surgery at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Research to improve surgical care

Mayo Clinic's cardiovascular surgeons are leaders in researching and adopting improvements in surgery. For example, they have used a new strategy for treating hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) called ex-utero intrapartum treatment, which allows them in certain situations to treat HLHS without cardiopulmonary bypass for an open-heart operation.

Mayo Clinic's physician-scientists collaborate with researchers worldwide, contributing to advances in cardiovascular surgery that improve heart care for people everywhere.

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people. In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona

Central Appointment Office

  1. 800-446-2279 (toll-free)
  2. 480-301-7683 (TDD service for hearing impaired)
  3. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  4. Mountain time
  5. Monday through Friday
Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida

Central Appointment Office

  1. 904-953-0853
  2. 904-953-2300 (TDD service for hearing impaired)
  3. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  4. Eastern time
  5. Monday through Friday
Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota

Cardiovascular Surgery

  1. 507-255-2000
  2. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  3. Central time
  4. Monday through Friday
Mayo Clinic Children's Center

Central Appointment Office
(Minnesota)

  1. 855-MAYO-KID (855-629-6543, toll-free)
  2. 507-281-9786 (TDD service for hearing impaired)
  3. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  4. Central time
  5. Monday through Friday

Mayo Clinic cardiologists and cardiac surgeons have experience treating people with conditions of the heart, arteries and veins (cardiovascular diseases).

Cardiologists and cardiac surgeons work with a team of doctors trained in many areas to determine the most appropriate treatment for your individual needs.

Mayo Clinic offers several surgical services and procedures, including but not limited to those listed below. Not all services may be available at all locations. Please confirm when you call to request an appointment.

Mayo Clinic cardiologists and cardiac surgeons have experience treating people with conditions of the heart, arteries and veins (cardiovascular diseases).

Cardiologists and cardiac surgeons work with a team of doctors trained in many areas to determine the most appropriate treatment for your individual needs.

Mayo Clinic provides management and services for several conditions, including but not limited to those listed below. Availability of the services may vary among Mayo locations. Please confirm when you call to request an appointment.

Mayo Clinic has one of the largest and most experienced practices in the United States, with campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. Staff skilled in dozens of specialties work together to ensure quality care and successful recovery.

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Mayo Clinic's cardiac surgery practice is consistently recognized by external organizations for providing outstanding patient care. These endorsements reinforce our commitment to providing expert, whole-person care to everyone who needs healing.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for heart and heart surgery.

Mayo Clinic is also recognized for high-quality cardiology and heart surgery subspecialty care, research and education by a variety of national organizations:

  • Healthcare Colloquium. The Mayo Clinic Children's Center at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota has been certified by the Healthcare Colloquium as an Accredited Pediatric Heart Failure Institute.
  • Extracorporeal Life Support Organization. Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona and Minnesota have received awards as Centers of Excellence in life support from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization.
  • Top-ranked education program. The Internal Medicine Residency program at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota is ranked among the top performing programs by U.S. News & World Report and Doximity. Heart specialists train in an internal medicine residency program before completing cardiology subspecialty training.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's quality rankings.

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Mayo Clinic cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgeons study how to improve diagnosis and treatment of people with diseases of the heart, aorta and other blood vessels (cardiovascular diseases).

Mayo Clinic's research program includes laboratory and clinical research in cardiovascular disease and clinical trials of treatments and devices. In clinical research, Mayo Clinic doctors study experiences of people who have had heart treatments to identify how to improve the treatments. You may have an opportunity to enroll in one of the clinic's many heart-related clinical trials.

Publications

See a list of publications by Mayo Clinic authors on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Learn more about appointments at Mayo Clinic.

Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

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  4. Mayo Clinic Children's Center becomes first accredited pediatric heart failure institute in Minnesota and fourth in the nation. PressReleaseHeadlines.com. http://pressreleaseheadlines.com/mayo-clinic-childrens-center-accredited-pediatric-heart-failure-institute-minnesota-fourth-nation-174647. Accessed July 31, 2018.
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