Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery

Highly Skilled Surgeons

There is no need to travel a long distance to get the quality care you need. As cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons, we are experienced in surgery of the heart, lungs, chest, esophagus, chest wall, other organs and tissues in the chest cavity, and major blood vessels of the body. We utilize sophisticated diagnostic techniques and state-of-the-art treatment options to treat adults with congenital conditions as well as those caused by disease and injury. We work closely with referring physicians to provide comprehensive care and help our patients return as quickly as possible to good health.


  • Adult Cardiac Surgery (coronary and vascular heart disease)
  • Adult Thoracic Surgery (pulmonary, esophageal, mediastinal disease, lobectomy and minimally invasive lobectomy)
  • Peripheral Vascular Surgery
  • Carotid Disease
  • Abdominal Aortic Disease including Endovascular Stenting
  • Dialysis Access Procedures
  • Venous Insufficiency
  • Minimally Invasive Approach to Valvular Heart Disease
  • Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Repair
  • Beating Heart Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

Specialties & Practices Areas

Cardiac Surgery

Cardiac Surgery

Surgeries on heart valves or arteries can treat blockages, leaks or infections. Implants of mechanical devices or stents also require heart surgery. While traditional heart surgeries involve incisions along the length of the sternum, other options for patients meeting certain criteria include a partial incision along the sternum, small-incision surgeries and surgeries performed through endoscopy.

Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)
This is the most Common type of heart surgery. Healthy arteries and veins, taken from other parts of the body, are used to bypass blocked arteries. It is performed on people with severe Coronary Heart Diseases (CAD).

Valve Repair or Replacement
Valve Repair or Replacement Surgery is used to repair the leaflets in the heat if they do not open-up wide enough or if they do not close tightly.

Arrhythmia Treatment
An arrhythmia is a situation where the heart either beats too fast, too slow or with an irregular rhythm. They are not always dangerous and can be treated with medicines. If medicine is ineffective, surgery is used to place a pacemaker or a defibrillator. Another type of surgery is Maze Surgery in which new paths are created for the heart’s signal to travel through.

Thoracic Surgery

Thoracic Surgery

Most general thoracic surgeries address problems with the lungs or esophagus, such as cancer removal, reflux disorders, tumors, hernias and emphysema. Other areas treated with thoracic surgery include the chest wall and the mediastinum – the area containing the heart, which is located between the lungs. Minimally invasive, small-incision procedures often allow for the diagnosis of problems in the chest cavity's organs, tissues and bones before proceeding to more complicated surgeries.

Mediastinoscopy is most commonly used to detect or stage cancer. It is also ordered to detect infection, and to confirm diagnosis of certain conditions and diseases of the respiratory organs

VATS (video assisted thoracic surgery)
During a video-assisted thoracic surgery procedure, a tiny camera (thoracoscope) and surgical instruments are inserted into your chest through several small incisions. The thoracoscope transmits images of the inside of your chest onto a video monitor. Compared with a traditional open operation (thoracotomy), video-assisted thoracic surgery may result in less pain and shorten recovery time.

Thoracotomy is the process of making of an incision into the chest wall (thorax). It allows examination of the condition of the lungs; removal of a lung or part of a lung; removal of a rib; and examination, treatment, or removal of any organs in the chest cavity. Thoracotomy also provides access to the heart, esophagus, diaphragm, and the portion of the aorta that passes through the chest cavity.

Vascular Surgery

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Surgery
Abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery is used to fix a widened part (aneurysm) in the aorta. Repair of an AAA may be performed through an open incision or in a minimally-invasive procedure called endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR).

Carotid Artery Surgery
Carotid artery surgery is a procedure to remove plaque in the artery to restore proper blood flow to the brain. The surgery is called an endarterectomy.

Renal Access Surgery
Patients requiring dialysis need vascular access to allow for the removal and replacement of blood. The three basic kinds of vascular access for hemodialysis are an arteriovenous (AV) fistula, an AV graft and a venous catheter.



Porter Regional Hospital - Medical Plaza

85 East US Hwy. 6
Valparaiso, IN 46383

Phone 219-983-6380
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Hours 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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