We found 5 cardiothoracic surgeons who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions Essential Health near Venice, FL.

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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 specializes in cardiac surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL and Venice, FL. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Curiale studied medicine at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at National Naval Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Yale University. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

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Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
436 Nokomis Avenue, S.
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Bryan Smith's medical specialty is general surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. He is affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health. Dr. Smith is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. After attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama.

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Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
540 The Rialto
Venice, FL
 

Dr. F. Crouch specializes in thoracic surgery. Before completing his residency at Hennepin County Medical Center, Dr. Crouch attended medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Crouch takes. Dr. Crouch is professionally affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

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Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
540 The Rialto
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Ralph Cook is a specialist in thoracic surgery. He works in Leesburg, FL and Venice, FL. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and performed his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Brooke Army Medical Center. Dr. Cook is professionally affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

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Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
540 The Rialto
Venice, FL
 

Dr. Roberto Cervera specializes in cardiothoracic surgery and practices in Venice, FL. He is affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health. His education and training includes medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine and residency at Texas Heart Institute. Dr. Cervera is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, 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.
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