Heart (cardiac) and chest (thoracic) surgeons at Mayo Clinic diagnose and surgically treat conditions of the heart, lungs and chest. Mayo Clinic surgeons perform more than 4,000 cardiac surgeries each year, including numerous complex surgical procedures at campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota.

Mayo Clinic surgeons are on the leading edge of treating cardiovascular and cardiothoracic conditions using the latest innovations and techniques in heart surgery, including minimally invasive heart surgery such as robot-assisted heart surgery.

Our surgeons treat many conditions and perform many complex procedures, including:

Our focused experts collaborate closely with a multidisciplinary team of surgeons and doctors in several areas to provide integrated care for people, including:

  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Gastroenterology and hepatology
  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Pulmonary and critical care medicine
  • Vascular and endovascular surgery
  • Vascular medicine

Care at Mayo Clinic

  • Research. Mayo Clinic's long history of pioneering medical research means patients have access to state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment facilities and numerous groundbreaking clinical trials, including more than 100 heart-related clinical trials. Mayo Clinic surgeons are constantly seeking new knowledge to improve diagnosis and therapies for patients. Our surgeons' close collaboration with physicians and scientists at other medical centers contributes to the advancement of cardiovascular surgery research and care for people.
  • Collaborative care. Cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgeons at Mayo Clinic are part of an integrated, multidisciplinary team of doctors and health care professionals who provide individualized care for each patient. These experts include anesthetists, pathologists, radiologists, pediatricians, physical therapists and doctors in many other specialties as well as nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dietitians and geneticists.
  • Focused on you. Having all this expertise in a single place, focused on you, means that you're not just getting one opinion — your care is discussed among the team, your test results are available quickly and appointments are scheduled in coordination. Specialists work together to evaluate and treat you. Evaluation and treatment can typically be done in a matter of days at Mayo Clinic.

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.

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

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.

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.

U.S. patients

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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.

Find doctors and medical staff:

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.

For more information on visiting Mayo Clinic, choose your location below:

Cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgeons at Mayo Clinic have a long history and tradition of laboratory and clinical research in 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 with previous patients to identify the most appropriate treatments for present and future patients.

Researchers apply research discoveries to the treatment of people with cardiovascular disease. Their efforts ensure that Mayo Clinic remains on the leading edge of patient care.

Read more about research in the Cardiovascular Research Center.

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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References
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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 Jan. 27, 2015.
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