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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, who practices in Santa Cruz, CA, Palo Alto, CA, and Burlingame, CA, is a medical specialist in cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Vial (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Italian. Dr. Vial is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He attended Stanford University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vial honors. Dr. Vial welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Bilal Shafi works as a cardiothoracic surgeon in Santa Cruz, CA. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Health Net ELECT POS, United Healthcare Plans, and United Healthcare EPO. Dr. Shafi is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Surindra Mitruka's medical specialty is cardiothoracic surgery. He studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Mitruka is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Sharp Health Plan, and more.

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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.