Providing Cardiothoracic & Pulmonary Surgery Services

Providing Cardiothoracic & Pulmonary Surgery Services

Cardiothoracic surgery at University of Utah Health is committed to superior patient care, clinical care, and research into diseases confronting our patients. We have a nationally recognized program, which uses the latest in medical technology in all of our cardiothoracic procedures.

Due to our wide range of specialists, we are able to diagnose and treat the entire spectrum of cardiac disease. We work together with all of our other specialists in the hospital to ensure the total patient is cared for.

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Why We Are Unique

The surgical cardiothoracic team conducts and practices innovative research. Patients who were once thought untreatable have found new hope. 

We also perform fewer invasive procedures shortening recovery time for our patients. Having more options for cardiothoracic surgery procedures allows the patient to truly make an informed decision regarding his/her treatment.

Patient Stories

Heart procedure returns Nevada man to his "get up and go" lifestyle

In March 2012, Bill Deist came down with a simple, run-of-the-mill cold. Or so he thought. When his symptoms persisted for months, he decided it was time to see a doctor. What he discovered was a rare case in which a cold virus had begun to attack his heart.

Exceptional Patient - Allen Elmore

Allen Elmore worried about the possibility of having a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implanted into his heart, but when the 62-year-old New Mexico man suffered a heart attack, he was left with few options. In May 2013, Elmore underwent an LVAD procedure. What does an accomplished blues musician, do to recovery from heart surgery?

High-Risk Liver & Valve Transplant Surgery a Success Thanks to U Doctors

Joe Yanez was a high school junior in 1966 when he suffered an appendicitis attack. He was taken to the hospital unconscious and when he awakened, Yanez learned his attack was so serious he needed a blood transfusion. Thirty years after that transfusion, Yanez learned that the it caused him to develop hepatitis C and damaged his liver but his doctors in Colorado were unable to help him.

Quick Diagnosis of Aortic Dissection Gives Wyoming Man a New Lease on Life

Just hours earlier, Matthew York had been a happy groom vowing to honor his new wife Evelyn. By 5 a.m. of the following morning, he was reaching out to her as she slept by his side, pleading that she save his life.

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