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We found 4 cardiothoracic surgeons who accept Health Net HMO near Covina, CA.

Dr. Nandkumar V Dandekar MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery
305 North 3rd Avenue; Suite #306
Covina, CA
(626) 915-6406; (626) 215-7319

Dr. Nandkumar Dandekar specializes in general surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. His clinical interests include lung surgery, vascular surgery procedures, and open heart surgery. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Dandekar is a graduate of Seth G.S. Medical College. He completed his residency training at Sound Shore Medical Center. Dr. Dandekar (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, French, and Italian. Dr. Dandekar's hospital/clinic affiliations include Huntington Hospital and Adventist Health System.

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Clinical interests: Vascular Surgery, Lung Surgery, Open Heart Surgery

Ali Gheissari MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery
315 N Third Avenue; Suite 304
Covina, CA
(626) 261-4051

Dr. Ali Gheissari's areas of specialization are cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery; he sees patients in Los Angeles, CA and Covina, CA. Dr. Gheissari has indicated that his clinical interests include organ transplant surgery. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant. He is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Gheissari completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, and Hahnemann University Hospital. He has received the distinction of Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Gheissari (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Filipino, Spanish, and French. He is affiliated with Huntington Hospital, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and Adventist Health System. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Organ Transplantation

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Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
530 W Badillo Street; Suite B
Covina, CA
(626) 331-8202

Dr. Kuruganti Reddy's area of specialization is cardiothoracic surgery. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is a graduate of Guntur Medical College and Andhra Medical College.

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Chelvapilla Venkata Gunupati MD
Specializes in Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
1433 W. Merced Avenue; B-1 #206
West Covina, CA
(626) 359-8111; (626) 856-5433

Dr. Chelvapilla Gunupati works as a vascular surgeon and thoracic surgeon. He takes Health Net and Health Net HMO insurance. He is conversant in Spanish.

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What is Cardiothoracic Surgery?

Cardiothoracic surgery is the medical specialty that provides surgical care for the chest. Most often this means heart or lung surgery, but it can also include surgery on the esophagus, breastbone, or chest wall. Some cardiothoracic surgeons may specialize in the surgical treatment of children, or focus on a specific organ or surgical procedure.

Some of the diseases and procedures that a cardiothoracic surgeon might handle include:
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart valve surgery
  • Lung cancer
  • Cancer of the esophagus
  • GERD, or severe acid reflux
  • Heart or lung transplants

Cardiothoracic surgeons may use various types of imaging, such as an electrocardiogram or CT scan, to diagnose problems and plan the operation. They may also offer minimally invasive surgery or robotic surgery, if appropriate, to lower the risk of scarring and infection.

Cardiothoracic surgery is an older medical specialty, but it is still one of the most amazing. Often patients who need a cardiothoracic surgeon are extremely sick, suffering from an illness that will kill them without intervention. With surgery, however, they often make a complete recovery.