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In the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, our cardiac and thoracic surgeons use the latest technology to deliver exceptional, personalized care to patients with diseases of the heart, lungs, chest, and esophagus. Working in multidisciplinary teams, we use both traditional and minimally invasive approaches to achieve the best possible outcome for every patient. Together with our outstanding staff, we provide the highest quality patient care.
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Conditions We Treat
An aortic aneurysm is weakening and/or bulging in aorta, the major blood vessel that branches off from the heart and carries blood to the body. Caused by high blood pressure (hypertension), connective tissue disorders or genetics, the aneurysm can rupture (dissection), causing a life-threatening emergency.
Aortic valve disease is when the valve between the aorta (main artery to the body) and the left ventricle (pumping chamber in the heart) doesn’t work properly. Sometimes, the valve doesn’t close all the way, causing blood to flow backward into the heart (regurgitation), or the valve is narrow and doesn’t allow enough blood to leave the heart and flow to the body (stenosis). The disease is either present at birth or develops over time.
Coronary artery disease is the most common form of heart disease. It occurs when one or more of the arteries that bring blood to the heart become narrowed or blocked by plaque, a sticky substance that can build up over time due to diet, age, or genetics.
Barrett’s esophagus is a condition that is often connected to GERD—gastroesophageal reflux disease or acid reflux. The lining of the esophagus, the tube between the mouth and stomach, is replaced by tissue similar to the intestinal lining. There may be no symptoms, but once discovered frequent testing for dysplasia (pre-cancerous cells) is recommended, as sometimes the condition progresses to esophageal cancer.
Esophageal cancer occurs the esophagus, which is the tube that connects the throat to the stomach. This type of cancer is more common in men than women and is not very common in the United States.
Endocarditis occurs when the inner lining of the heart (endocardium) becomes infected by bacteria that damages the heart valves, which can cause strokes and affect other organs in the body.
An arrhythmia is an abnormal heart rhythm. Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of irregular heart rhythm in the United States. It originates in the atria, the heart's two upper chambers, and increases the risk of a stroke.
Lung cancer is cancer that begins in the lungs, two sponge-like organs in the chest that take in oxygen when breathing. It is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, and smokers have the greatest risk. Some lung cancers are not related to smoking but to exposure to things like asbestos, while others occur for unknown reasons.
Myasthenia gravis is a chronic autoimmune, neuromuscular disease that causes weakness in the skeletal muscles that worsens after periods of activity and improves after periods of rest. These muscles are responsible for functions involving breathing and moving parts of the body, including the arms and legs.
Cardiothoracic Surgery Team
Aortic surgery, mitral valve repair, Endocarditis - infections of the heart
Aortic Surgery; Complex Mitral Repair; Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting; Aortic Endovascular Repair; Thoracic Surgery
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine
Lung Cancer, Esophageal Cancer/Disease, Mediastinal Disease
Outpatient Nurse Practitioners
Inpatient Physician Assistants
Laura Barton, PA-C
Adrieene Berkowitz, PA-C
Sudeshna Chaudhuri, PA-C
Charlene Dearden, PA-C
Julianne Plausse, PA-C
Ian Roberts, PA-C
Todd Steinwagner, PA-C
Bella Vogt, PA-C