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We found 3 cardiothoracic surgeons who accept Anthem near Santa Cruz, CA.

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Dr. Conrad Massimo Vial, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
1575 Soquel Drive; Suite C
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Conrad Vial's specialty is cardiothoracic surgery. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Vial takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine and residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Vial (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Italian. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He has an open panel.

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Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
1575 Soquel Avenue; Suite C
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Bilal Shafi is a cardiothoracic surgery specialist in Santa Cruz, CA. He is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Shafi takes. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Shafi's office for an appointment. He studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College.

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Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
1575 Soquel Drive; Suite C
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Surindra Mitruka practices cardiothoracic surgery in Santa Cruz, CA. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Mitruka takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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.