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 sees patients in McHenry, IL, Melrose Park, IL, and Hines, IL. His medical specialties are critical care (intensive care medicine) and cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Perez-Tamayo attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Duke University Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. His areas of expertise include the following: endocarditis, aortic aneurysm, and heart surgery. He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Perez-Tamayo is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with 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 is a specialist in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. He has a special interest in lung transplant, heart transplant, and aortic aneurysm. Dr. Schwartz's hospital/clinic affiliations include Vista Health System, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Schwartz's practice is open to new patients. He is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Michael Reese Hospital, and the University of Chicago Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors.

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

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

Dr. Bryan Foy works as a heart surgeon and thoracic surgeon. He is especially interested in lung transplant, heart transplant, and heart bypass surgery (CABG). Dr. Foy takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Foy has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Vista Health System, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, and Centegra Health System. He 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. James Michael Tuchek, MA, DO
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
3231 W. Euclid Avenue
Berwyn, IL
 

Dr. James Tuchek is a specialist in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tuchek include minimally invasive surgery, heart surgery, and aneurysm. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Tuchek attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. His professional affiliations include Vista Health System, Centegra Health System, and Franciscan Alliance. Dr. Tuchek is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Mamdouh Bakhos' specialty is cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Bakhos attended medical school at the University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine. He trained at Huron Hospital, the University of Chicago Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. Areas of expertise 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. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Bakhos has received professional recognition including the following: 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. Francis Joseph Podbielski, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
120 N Oak Street; Suite 2217
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Francis Podbielski is a medical specialist in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. Dr. Podbielski's clinical interests include lung problems and esophagus problems. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more. 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. He has received distinctions including American Medical Association's Physician's; Recognition Award 1999; and Bednarz Faculty Teaching Award-Univ of Mass. Dr. Podbielski offers interpreting services for his patients. His professional affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Palos Community Hospital. Dr. Podbielski has an open panel.

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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' specialties are cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. His areas of expertise include heart bypass surgery (CABG), heart valve replacement, and aortic valve repair. Dr. Pappas is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and a graduate of McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University's residency program. Dr. Pappas has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Greek. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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

Dr. Michael Bresticker is a specialist in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. His areas of clinical interest consist of 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 is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bresticker's practice is open to new patients. He attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and then went on to complete 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 specializes in cardiothoracic surgery. After completing medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. His areas of expertise include the following: lung transplant, heart transplant, and aortic aneurysm. Dr. McGee is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. McGee's professional affiliations include Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Antone Tatooles is a medical specialist in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS. Before performing his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Tatooles attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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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 practices cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. Dr. Cross's education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. Gary William Chmielewski, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
908 Elm St :; Suite 210
Hinsdale, IL
 

Dr. Gary Chmielewski specializes in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery and practices in Chicago, IL, Lisle, IL, and Hinsdale, IL. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Chmielewski is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and a graduate of Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University's residency program. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with NorthShore University HealthSystem, Rush University Medical Center, and Rush Oak Park Hospital.

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

Dr. George Hodakowski's areas of specialization are cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. Dr. Hodakowski is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Wayne State University School of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital. He speaks Polish. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Dr. James L Lubawski Jr., MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL
 

Dr. James Lubawski specializes in cardiothoracic surgery and practices in Maywood, IL and Winfield, IL. These areas are among Dr. Lubawski's clinical interests: chest wall reconstruction, emphysema, and minimally invasive surgery. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. Dr. Lubawski trained at Rush University Medical Center for residency. He is professionally affiliated with Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center.

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Clinical interests: Bronchial Stent Placement, Bronchoscopy, Chest Wall Reconstruction, Lung Problems, Laser Surgery, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Wickii Vigneswaran, who practices in Burr Ridge, IL, Maywood, IL, and Chicago, IL, is a medical specialist in cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Vigneswaran speaks Tamil. He has indicated that his clinical interests include esophageal cancer, lung transplant, and emphysema. He is professionally affiliated with Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, and Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC). He graduated from the University of Peradeniya Faculty of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Vigneswaran completed residency programs at Royal Victoria Infirmary and Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Dr. Vigneswaran honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Endarterectomy, Lung Transplant, Acid Reflux, Lung Problems, Surgical Procedures, Hyperhidrosis, ... (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 specializes in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. Dr. Nawas's areas of clinical interest consist of esophageal cancer, lung problems, and hiatal hernia. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. After attending the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Nawas's professional affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Palos Community Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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

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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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