BMC has provided outstanding cardiac surgical care for more than 70 years. As one of the first cardiac surgery departments in the United States, we continue to build on that history of excellence every day. Our multidisciplinary team works with your cardiologist, cardiac nurses, other BMC specialists, and – most importantly – you and your family to provide the highest quality care and ensure the best possible outcome.

Our surgeons are experts at treating coronary artery blockages and abnormal heart rhythms, repairing or replacing faulty heart valves, and repairing aortic aneurysms, among a wide range of other life-saving procedures.

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Conditions We Treat

Treatments & Services

Our cardiac surgeons are specialized in using advanced technologies to perform a wide range of state-of-the-art heart operations. Below you will find information about a few of the most common procedures.

Maze Procedure

The Maze procedure is a surgical treatment for atrial fibrillation, which can often be done using minimally invasive techniques. To perform the surgery, the surgeons use radiofrequency energy, or freezing, to create an intricate "maze" pattern of scar on the upper chamber of the heart muscle.

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Heart Valve Surgery

Some malfunctioning heart valves can be repaired while others must be replaced. For select patients, repair and/or replacement of a heart valve is feasible through a minimally invasive approach. 

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Treatment of the Infected Heart (Endocarditis)

The valves of the heart can become infected for many reasons. Infected valves can often be treated with antibiotics alone, but repair or replacement is sometimes necessary.

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Ventricular Aneurysm Repair

The heart is made up of four chambers, the two upper chambers are called the atria and the two lower chambers are the ventricles. A ventricular aneurysm occurs when one of the ventricles has a weakening and is expanded and bulged like a balloon.

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Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Repair

A thoracic aortic aneurysm occurs when the aorta, the main artery that brings blood to the body, has an outpouching, or aneurysm, because the artery wall has become weakened. Left untreated, the aneurysm can tear or burst, causing death.

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Ventricular Septal Defect Repair

Following a heart attack, a small number of patients will develop a ventricular septal defect, a hole in the wall (septum) that separates the ventricles. Repair involves opening the chest and placing a patch that is sutured in place to cover the hole between the two ventricles.

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Our Team

Cardiac Surgeons and Nurse Practitioners

Niloo M Edwards, MD

Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Special Interests

Aortic surgery, mitral valve repair, Endocarditis - infections of the heart

Nikola Dobrilovic, MD, MBA

Cardiac Surgeon

Special Interests

Aortic Surgery; Complex Mitral Repair; Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting; Aortic Endovascular Repair; Thoracic Surgery

Inpatient Physician Assistants

Sudeshna Chaudhuri, PA-C
Julianne Plausse, PA-C
Ian Roberts, PA-C
Todd Steinwagner, PA-C
Bella Vogt, PA-C

Patient Resources

Before Your Surgery

In advance of your surgery there are a few steps you can take to prepare. Learn more about what you can expect.

Day Before Surgery

Following all of your provider’s instructions before your surgery will help set you up for a successful recovery. Learn more.

Day of Surgery

There can be a lot to remember the day of your surgery. We’ll help guide you through it, from the time you get up through the end of the day. Learn more.

After Your Surgery

Your road to recovery begins as soon as your surgery is over. Learn more about what to expect.

Planning for Discharge

Our expert care team will make sure you can leave the hospital as safely as possible. Learn what this means.

Home Care Instructions

Caring for yourself at home is a crucial part of your recovery. Read more about what this might look like and what’s expected of you.

Exercise After Cardiac Surgery

Whether you want to get back to exercising immediately or would rather way, we’ll help you stay safe with these precautions and tips.

Follow-up Care

Our care doesn’t end when you leave the hospital. Here’s what comes next for you and your care team.

Provider Resources

Research Overview

In addition to providing high-quality patient care, our cardiac and thoracic surgeons are engaged in a range of research activities designed to improve care and quality of life for their patients. Research on endocarditis, aortic dissection during pregnancy, ventricular septal defects, robotics for lung surgery, and earlier screening tools for lung cancer, are among the projects currently under way. Our faculty are also actively involved in improving care for older patients, recently writing a chapter for physicians on the treatment of heart valve disease in the elderly.