We found 28 cardiothoracic surgeons who accept Humana Simplicity HMO near La Grange, IL.

Dr. Ruheri Antonio Perez Tamayo, PhD, MD
Specializes in Critical Care, Cardiothoracic Surgery
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Ruheri Perez-Tamayo is a critical care (intensive care medicine) and cardiothoracic surgery specialist in McHenry, IL, Melrose Park, IL, and Hines, IL. His areas of expertise include endocarditis, aortic aneurysm, and heart surgery. Dr. Perez-Tamayo accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Duke University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Perez-Tamayo has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Perez-Tamayo's hospital/clinic affiliations include Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, Cook County Health & Hospitals System, and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Heart Valve Repair, Endocarditis, Vascular Surgery Procedures, Aortic Aneurysm, Heart Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey Paul Schwartz, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
2160 S First Avenue; 110-6246, Loyola University Medical Center
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz specializes in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery and practices in Maywood, IL, Hines, IL, and Downers Grove, IL. Dr. Schwartz has indicated that his clinical interests include lung transplant, heart transplant, and aortic aneurysm. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Vista Health System, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Schwartz welcomes new patients. He is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Michael Reese Hospital, the University of Chicago Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Aortic Valve Surgery, Lung Transplant, Heart Transplant, Aortic Aneurysm, Heart Surgery, Marfan ... (Read more)

Dr. Mamdouh Bakhos, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Mamdouh Bakhos' area of specialization is cardiothoracic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Bakhos include lung transplant, robotic cardiac surgery, and heart transplant. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bakhos honors. Dr. Bakhos's education and training includes medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine and residency at Huron Hospital, the University of Chicago Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Arabic. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, and Centegra Health System.

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Clinical interests: Heart Valve Repair, Lung Transplant, Vascular Surgery Procedures, Robotic Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic ... (Read more)

Dr. Bryan Keith Foy, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Bryan Foy practices cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. His areas of clinical interest consist of lung transplant, heart transplant, and heart bypass surgery (CABG). Dr. Foy is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Foy is professionally affiliated with Vista Health System, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, and Centegra Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Valve Replacement, Heart Valve Repair, Lung Transplant, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Francis Joseph Podbielski, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
120 N Oak Street; Suite 2217
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Francis Podbielski is a specialist in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. He obtained his medical school training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and performed his residency at Columbus Hospital, Chicago and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Podbielski include lung problems and esophagus problems. Dr. Podbielski takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Podbielski include: American Medical Association's Physician's Recognition Award; Bednarz Faculty Teaching Award-Univ of Mass Medical Center; and American College of Chest Physician-Governor's Service Award. Dr. Podbielski offers interpreting services for his patients. He is affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Palos Community Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Esophagus Problems, Lung Problems

Dr. Patroklos Steven Pappas, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
5101 Willow Spring Road; Cardiac Surgery Department
La Grange, IL
 

Dr. Patroklos Pappas is a heart surgeon and chest surgeon. He is especially interested in heart bypass surgery (CABG), heart valve replacement, and aortic valve repair. Dr. Pappas honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Pappas completed his residency training at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He is conversant in Greek. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Dr. Pappas's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Aortic Valve Repair, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Aortic Valve Disease, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. James Michael Tuchek, MA, DO
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
3231 W. Euclid Avenue
Berwyn, IL
 

Dr. James Tuchek's medical specialty is cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. These areas are among Dr. Tuchek's clinical interests: minimally invasive surgery, heart surgery, and aneurysm. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He studied medicine at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Tuchek's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. His professional affiliations include Vista Health System, Centegra Health System, and Loyola Medicine. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Vascular Surgery Procedures, Aneurysm, Surgical Procedures, Endovascular Disease, Thoracic Surgery ... (Read more)

Dr. Antone John Tatooles, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
5101 Willow Springs Road
La Grange, IL
 

Dr. Antone Tatooles' areas of specialization are cardiac surgery, general surgery, and thoracic surgery; he sees patients in Oak Lawn, IL, La Grange, IL, and Hinsdale, IL. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Tatooles graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He trained at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital for residency. His professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Dr. Tatooles is open to new patients.

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Dr. Michael Andrew Bresticker, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
5101 Willow Springs Road
La Grange, IL
 

Dr. Michael Bresticker specializes in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery and practices in Melrose Park, IL, La Grange, IL, and Oak Lawn, IL. These areas are among his clinical interests: heart bypass surgery (CABG), coronary artery disease, and heart valve replacement. Dr. Bresticker is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Bresticker obtained his medical school training at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University.

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Clinical interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Heart Surgery, Aortic Valve Disease, Heart Valve ... (Read more)

Dr. Edwin Clyde McGee Jr., MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Edwin McGee sees patients in Melrose Park, IL, Maywood, IL, and Chicago, IL. His medical specialty is cardiothoracic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. McGee include lung transplant, heart transplant, and aortic aneurysm. He is affiliated with Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. McGee takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Dr. McGee has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Valve Replacement, Aortic Valve Surgery, Mitral Valve Repair, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. Sammy Issa Nawas, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
5101 Willow Springs Road; Cardiac Surgery Department
La Grange, IL
 

Dr. Sammy Nawas practices cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nawas include esophageal cancer, lung problems, and hiatal hernia. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency. Dr. Nawas is professionally affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Palos Community Hospital. Dr. Nawas has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Lung Problems, Esophageal Cancer, Cancer, Hiatal Hernia

Dr. George Tadeusz Hodakowski, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
5101 Willow Springs Road
La Grange, IL
 

Dr. George Hodakowski specializes in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery and practices in Oak Lawn, IL, Hinsdale, IL, and La Grange, IL. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hodakowski takes. Dr. Hodakowski attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Chicago Medical Center for residency. He speaks Polish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Dr. Hodakowski is open to new patients.

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Dr. Gary William Chmielewski, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
908 Elm St :; Suite 210
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Gary Chmielewski's areas of specialization are cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery; he sees patients in Chicago, IL, Lisle, IL, and Hinsdale, IL. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Chmielewski obtained his medical school training at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and performed his residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Chmielewski is affiliated with NorthShore University HealthSystem, Rush University Medical Center, and Rush Oak Park Hospital.

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Dr. Chadrick Antony Cross, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
120 N. Oak Street
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Chadrick Cross is a medical specialist in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. Dr. Cross accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Dr. Cross is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Wickii Thambiah Vigneswaran, MBA, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Wickii Vigneswaran is a cardiothoracic surgery specialist in Burr Ridge, IL, Maywood, IL, and Chicago, IL. He is especially interested in esophageal cancer, lung transplant, and emphysema. Dr. Vigneswaran is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Before performing his residency at Royal Victoria Infirmary and Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Dr. Vigneswaran attended the University of Peradeniya Faculty of Medicine for medical school. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Vigneswaran speaks Tamil. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC).

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Clinical interests: Endarterectomy, Lung Transplant, Acid Reflux, Lung Problems, Surgical Procedures, Hyperhidrosis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. Michel Ilbawi's specialty is cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Ilbawi attended medical school at American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Ilbawi trained at American University of Beirut Medical Center and the University Hospitals, Cleveland. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Ilbawi is affiliated with Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, and Ronald McDonald Children's Hospital.

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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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