We found 10 cardiothoracic surgeons who accept Unicare PPO near Oak Lawn, IL.

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Dr. Francis Joseph Podbielski, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
4400 W. 95th Street; Suite 205
Oak Lawn, 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
Oak Lawn, 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
Oak Lawn, 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. Antone John Tatooles, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Oak Lawn, 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. Timothy Vale Votapka, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
4400 W 95th Street; Suite #205
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Timothy Votapka's specialties are cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. He practices in Barrington, IL, Elgin, IL, and Elk Grove Village, IL. After attending the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Dr. Votapka completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Votapka is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Dr. Chadrick Antony Cross, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Oak Lawn, 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. Sammy Issa Nawas, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
4400 West 95th Street
Oak Lawn, 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

Dr. Robert Michael Gasior, MS, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
11560 S. Kedzie Avenue; 11560 S. Kedzie Avenue, Unit 1
Merrionette Park, IL
 

Dr. Robert Gasior is a heart surgeon, vascular surgeon, and chest surgeon. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Gasior is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Mayo Clinic and Texas Heart Institute. In addition to English, he speaks Polish. Dr. Gasior's professional affiliations include Palos Community Hospital, Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network, and MetroSouth Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Aortic Disease

Specializes in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery
4400 W 95th Street; Suite 205
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. David Stern is a general surgeon, vascular surgeon, and cardiothoracic surgeon. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). Dr. Stern accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. After completing medical school at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center.

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Dr. Mabelle H Cohen, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
4400 West 95th Street
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Mabelle Cohen practices cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. She is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, Dr. Cohen completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. Dr. Cohen (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and French. Her professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial 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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