We found 5 cardiothoracic surgeons who accept Anthem near Santa Cruz, CA.

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Dr. Gregory Scott Spowart, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
1575 Soquel Drive; Suite C
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Gregory Spowart is a specialist in cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Spowart is affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. After completing medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Saint Mary's Hospital, Waterbury and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Bypass Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Conrad Vial works as a cardiothoracic surgeon in Santa Cruz, CA, Palo Alto, CA, and Burlingame, CA. Patient reviews placed Dr. Vial at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He welcomes new patients. His education and training includes medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine and residency at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Vial (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Italian.

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Dr. Edward William Pottmeyer III, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
1575 Soquel Avenue; Suite C
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Edward Pottmeyer practices cardiothoracic surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Pottmeyer is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Bypass Surgery, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Thoracic Cancer, VATS Lung Surgery, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Bilal Shafi's specialty is cardiothoracic surgery. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shafi is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Surindra Mitruka practices cardiothoracic surgery. Patient reviews placed Dr. Mitruka at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan. He attended medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College.

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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.
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