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We found 11 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 works as a heart surgeon and chest surgeon. He offers interpreting services for his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Podbielski include lung problems and esophagus problems. He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Palos Community Hospital. He graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Columbus Hospital, Chicago and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA). Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Podbielski has received include American Medical Association's Physician's; Recognition Award 1999; and Bednarz Faculty Teaching Award-Univ of Mass. Dr. Podbielski welcomes new patients.

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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. Dr. Pappas speaks Greek. His areas of clinical interest consist of heart bypass surgery (CABG), heart valve replacement, and aortic valve repair. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Before performing his residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Dr. Pappas attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school. Dr. Pappas accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He is accepting new patients.

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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's areas of specialization are cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: heart bypass surgery (CABG), coronary artery disease, and heart valve replacement. Dr. Bresticker is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. Dr. Bresticker accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He welcomes new patients.

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

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 cardiac surgeon, vascular surgeon, and chest surgeon in Barrington, IL, Elgin, IL, and Elk Grove Village, IL. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. Dr. Votapka has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS).

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Dr. Antone John Tatooles, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Oak Lawn, IL
 

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

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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 surgeon, vascular surgeon, and chest surgeon. Dr. Cross's hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Cross attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He has an open panel.

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Dr. Robert Michael Gasior, MS, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
11560 S Kedzie Avenue; Suite 100
Merrionette Park, IL
 

Dr. Robert Gasior works as a heart surgeon, vascular surgeon, and chest surgeon. He is conversant in Polish. Dr. Gasior's hospital/clinic affiliations include Palos Community Hospital, Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network, and MetroSouth Medical Center. After completing medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Mayo Clinic and Texas Heart Institute. Patient ratings for Dr. Gasior average 3.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gasior accepts. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Gasior's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Aortic Disease

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

Dr. Sammy Nawas is a specialist in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. Patients gave Dr. Nawas an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Nawas include esophageal cancer, lung problems, and hiatal hernia. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, and Palos Community Hospital. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Nawas's education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School and a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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

Dr. Paul James Gordon, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Oak Lawn, IL
 

Dr. Paul Gordon is a heart surgeon and chest surgeon. He is rated highly by his patients. Dr. Gordon's clinical interests include esophageal cancer, lung cancer, and coronary artery disease. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Preferred Network Access (PNA), in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the University of Virginia School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Southern Illinois University and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University. He has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Gordon's professional affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Palos Community Hospital, and Little Company of Mary Health Providers Network. Dr. Gordon has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Coronary Artery 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 in Oak Lawn, IL, Barrington, IL, and Elk Grove Village, IL. Dr. Stern is professionally affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS). His education and training includes medical school at Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine and residency at Montefiore Medical Center. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Stern accepts.

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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's medical specialty is cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. Dr. Cohen's professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. She accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. Dr. Cohen (or staff) speaks Spanish and French.

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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.