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

Dr. Francis Joseph Podbielski, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
4400 W. 95th Street; Suite 205
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Francis Podbielski practices cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. He offers interpreting services for his patients. In his practice, Dr. Podbielski focuses on lung problems and esophagus problems. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Palos Community Hospital. Before performing his residency at Columbus Hospital, Chicago and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Podbielski attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Preferred Network Access (PNA), and more. He has received the following distinctions: American Medical Association's Physician's; Recognition Award 1999; and Bednarz Faculty Teaching Award-Univ of Mass. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Podbielski's office for an appointment.

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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' medical specialty is cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He completed his residency training at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. Dr. Pappas's areas of expertise consist of heart bypass surgery (CABG), heart valve replacement, and aortic valve repair. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Pappas takes. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He is conversant in Greek. Dr. Pappas's professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. He has an open panel.

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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 works as a cardiac surgeon, vascular surgeon, and thoracic surgeon. Dr. Bresticker's clinical interests include heart bypass surgery (CABG), coronary artery disease, and heart valve replacement. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Bresticker is accepting new patients. He attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University for residency.

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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 physician who specializes in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. He attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Tatooles is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. His practice 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 is a medical specialist in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Votapka completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He is professionally 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 is a cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery specialist. He studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. For his professional training, Dr. Cross completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Cross is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Dr. Cross has an open panel.

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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 practices cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery in Oak Lawn, IL, La Grange, IL, and Hinsdale, IL. He is especially interested in esophageal cancer, lung problems, and hiatal hernia. Dr. Nawas's hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Palos Community Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Patient ratings for Dr. Nawas average 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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's medical specialty is cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. Patient reviews placed Dr. Gasior at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Mayo Clinic and Texas Heart Institute. Dr. Gasior speaks Polish. His professional affiliations include Palos Community Hospital, Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network, and MetroSouth Medical Center. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Aortic Disease

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

Dr. David Stern works as a general surgeon, vascular surgeon, and cardiothoracic surgeon. He is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Stern obtained his medical school training at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine and 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. After completing medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Alabama. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cohen honors. Dr. Cohen (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. Dr. Cohen is professionally affiliated with 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.