We found 31 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 is a physician who specializes in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. 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. Dr. Schwartz attended medical school at Emory University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Michael Reese Hospital, and the University of Chicago Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Schwartz has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 is a specialist in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Foy include lung transplant, heart transplant, and heart bypass surgery (CABG). Dr. Foy's hospital/clinic affiliations include Vista Health System, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, and Centegra Health System. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Foy takes. Dr. Foy is open to new patients. He obtained his medical school training at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and 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.

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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. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Pappas include heart bypass surgery (CABG), heart valve replacement, and aortic valve repair. His professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Dr. Pappas is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Pappas welcomes new patients. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, he performed his residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He speaks Greek.

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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 specialties are cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tuchek include minimally invasive surgery, heart surgery, and aneurysm. Dr. Tuchek is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Tuchek is professionally affiliated with Vista Health System, Centegra Health System, and Franciscan Alliance. His practice is open to new patients.

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

Dr. Michael Andrew Bresticker, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
5454 Hohman Avenue
Hammond, IN
 

Dr. Michael Bresticker is a heart surgeon, vascular surgeon, and thoracic surgeon. In his practice, he is particularly interested in heart bypass surgery (CABG), coronary artery disease, and heart valve replacement. Dr. Bresticker's professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He welcomes new patients. Before performing his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and a hospital affiliated with Northwestern University, Dr. Bresticker attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine.

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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
5454 Hohman Avenue
Hammond, IN
 

Dr. Antone Tatooles is a specialist in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. His professional affiliations include 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. He welcomes new patients. He attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Tatooles completed residency programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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

Dr. Valluvan Jeevanandam is a medical specialist in thoracic surgery. Before performing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center, Dr. Jeevanandam attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school. In Dr. Jeevanandam's practice, he is particularly interested in heart transplant, ventricular assist device (VAD), and valvuloplasty. He accepts Medicare insurance. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. 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 practices cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Cziperle is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Cziperle has received professional recognition including the following: Chicago Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Vista Health System, Centegra Health System, and Franciscan Alliance. He welcomes 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. Dr. Altergott's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors 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. Altergott's hospital/clinic affiliations include Vista Health System, Centegra Health System, and Franciscan Alliance. He 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 areas of specialization are cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Vista Health System, Centegra Health System, and Franciscan Alliance. Dr. Bonilla graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. The average patient rating for Dr. Bonilla is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. George Tadeusz Hodakowski, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
701 Superior Avenue
Munster, IN
 

Dr. George Hodakowski's medical specialty is cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hodakowski honors. Before completing his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Hodakowski attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Hodakowski speaks Polish. His professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Chadrick Antony Cross, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
701 Superior Avenue
Munster, IN
 

Dr. Chadrick Cross is a cardiac surgeon, vascular surgeon, and chest surgeon. His professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Cross attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Cross is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Andrew Roger Barksdale, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
801 Macarthur Boulevard; Suite 204
Munster, IN
 

Dr. Andrew Barksdale is a cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery specialist in Indianapolis, IN and Munster, IN. His areas of expertise include the following: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), pleurectomy, and lung cancer surgery. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Indiana University School of Medicine, Dr. Barksdale completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky. He is affiliated with Franciscan St. Francis Health - Indianapolis. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Barksdale's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Lung Cancer Surgery, Iliac Artery Aneurysm, Atrial Fibrillation, Infective ... (Read more)

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 takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Rush Medical College. Dr. Gramm completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He is affiliated with Vista Health System, Centegra Health System, and Franciscan Alliance. His practice is open to new patients.

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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 medical specialist in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. Dr. Lutrin is a graduate of the University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences. For his residency, Dr. Lutrin trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. His professional affiliations include Vista Health System, Centegra Health System, and Franciscan Alliance.

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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 is a specialist in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. Dr. Kummerer studied medicine at Rush Medical College. His residency was performed at Rush University Medical Center. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. Dr. Kummerer is affiliated with Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, and MetroSouth Medical Center.

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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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