We found 4 cardiothoracic surgeons who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueCare Essential near Venice, FL.

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Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
540 The Rialto
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Ralph Cook practices thoracic surgery in Leesburg, FL. Dr. Cook attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Steven Vincent Curiale, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
540 The Rialto
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Steven Curiale practices cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery in Saint Petersburg, FL and Venice, FL. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and Venice Regional Bayfront Health. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Curiale accepts. Dr. Curiale graduated from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. His residency was performed at National Naval Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Yale University.

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Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
540 The Rialto
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Fred Crouch's area of specialization is thoracic surgery. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

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Specializes in General Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
540 The Rialto
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Roberto Cervera's specialties are general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. He is affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Cervera graduated from A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Cervera's medical residency was performed at Texas Heart Institute.

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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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