We found 30 cardiothoracic surgeons who accept Medicare near Munster, IN.

Dr. Jeffrey Paul Schwartz, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
801 Macarthur Boulevard; Suite 204
Munster, IN
 

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. Bryan Keith Foy, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
801 Mac Arthur Boulevard; Suite 204
Munster, IN
 

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. Patroklos Steven Pappas, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
5454 Hohman Avenue
Hammond, IN
 

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
801 Mac Arthur Boulevard
Munster, IN
 

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
5454 Hohman Avenue
Hammond, IN
 

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
5454 Hohman Avenue
Hammond, IN
 

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. Valluvan Jeevanandam, MD
Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
701 Superior Avenue
Munster, IN
 

Dr. Valluvan Jeevanandam is a thoracic surgery specialist in Chicago, IL. Dr. Jeevanandam's areas of expertise include the following: heart transplant, ventricular assist device (VAD), and valvuloplasty. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Before completing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center, Dr. Jeevanandam attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Tamil.

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Clinical interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Valvuloplasty, Heart Transplant, Ventricular Assist ... (Read more)

Dr. David Joseph Cziperle, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
801 Mac Arthur Boulevard; Suite 204
Munster, IN
 

Dr. David Cziperle is a cardiac surgeon and thoracic surgeon in Downers Grove, IL, Naperville, IL, and Chicago, IL. Dr. Cziperle's hospital/clinic affiliations include Vista Health System, Centegra Health System, and Loyola Medicine. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Cziperle's office for an appointment.

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Dr. Frank Jonathan Lutrin, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
801 Macarthur Boulevard
Munster, IN
 

Dr. Frank Lutrin is a cardiac surgeon and chest surgeon. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Lutrin takes. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Lutrin attended the University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences for medical school. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Vista Health System and Centegra Health System. His practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. George Tadeusz Hodakowski, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
5454 Hohman Avenue
Hammond, IN
 

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. Rudolph Alan Altergott, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
801 Macarthur Boulevard; Suite 204
Munster, IN
 

Dr. Rudolph Altergott specializes in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery and practices in Downers Grove, IL and McHenry, IL. He is affiliated with Vista Health System and Centegra Health System. He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Altergott trained at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Altergott is open to new patients.

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Dr. Chadrick Antony Cross, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
5454 Hohman Avenue
Hammond, IN
 

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. Juan Jose Bonilla, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
801 Mcarthur Boulevard; Suite 204
Munster, IN
 

Dr. Juan Bonilla's specialties are cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Vista Health System and Centegra Health System. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Bonilla attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Patient reviews placed Dr. Bonilla at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Bonilla's office for an appointment.

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Dr. James Arthur Gramm, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
801 Macarthur Boulevard; Suite #204
Munster, IN
 

Dr. James Gramm specializes in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. He is affiliated with Vista Health System and Centegra Health System. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Gramm attended medical school at Rush Medical College. Dr. Gramm takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gramm is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Robert Gerard Kummerer, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
5454 Hohman Avenue
Hammond, IN
 

Dr. Robert Kummerer works as a heart surgeon, vascular surgeon, and thoracic surgeon. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Kummerer is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, and MetroSouth Medical Center. He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. After completing medical school at Rush Medical College, he performed his residency at Rush University Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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Dr. Robert Michael Gasior, MS, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
5454 Hohman Avenue
Hammond, IN
 

Dr. Robert Gasior is a specialist in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Gasior is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Gasior completed residency programs 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 open to new patients.

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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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