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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 practices cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. Dr. Schwartz obtained his medical school training at Emory University School of Medicine and performed his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Michael Reese Hospital, and the University of Chicago Medical Center. His clinical interests include lung transplant, heart transplant, and aortic aneurysm. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Schwartz has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Vista Health System, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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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 expertise include the following: lung transplant, heart transplant, and heart bypass surgery (CABG). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Vista Health System, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, and Gottlieb Memorial Hospital. Dr. Foy graduated from Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. He trained at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. Dr. Foy is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Valve Replacement, Heart Valve Repair, Lung Transplant, Heart ... (Read more)

Dr. James Michael Tuchek, MA, DO
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
801 Mac Arthur Boulevard
Munster, IN
 

Dr. James Tuchek is a cardiac surgeon and chest surgeon. These areas are among Dr. Tuchek's clinical interests: minimally invasive surgery, heart surgery, and aneurysm. He is professionally affiliated with Vista Health System, Centegra Health System, and Franciscan Alliance. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. Dr. Tuchek attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency.

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

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

Dr. Patroklos Pappas' areas of specialization are cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. He has indicated that his clinical interests include 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. Dr. Pappas accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Pappas is accepting new patients. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed his residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. He has received professional recognition including the following: 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. Juan Jose Bonilla, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
801 Mcarthur Boulevard; Suite 204
Munster, IN
 

Dr. Juan Bonilla specializes in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. Dr. Bonilla's professional affiliations include Vista Health System, Centegra Health System, and Franciscan Alliance. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. For his residency, Dr. Bonilla trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. Dr. Bonilla's average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Valluvan Jeevanandam's specialty is thoracic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Jeevanandam include heart transplant, ventricular assist device (VAD), and valvuloplasty. Dr. Jeevanandam takes Medicare insurance. He attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then went on to complete his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. Jeevanandam speaks Tamil.

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Clinical interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Valvuloplasty, Heart Transplant, Ventricular Assist ... (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 medical specialist in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bresticker include 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, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. After attending the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine, Dr. Bresticker completed his residency training 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. David Joseph Cziperle, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
801 Mac Arthur Boulevard; Suite 204
Munster, IN
 

Dr. David Cziperle is a physician who specializes in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. He is affiliated with Vista Health System, Centegra Health System, and Franciscan Alliance. After attending Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, Dr. Cziperle completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Medical College of Wisconsin. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cziperle takes. Dr. Cziperle has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors. He is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Antone John Tatooles, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
5454 Hohman Avenue
Hammond, IN
 

Dr. Antone Tatooles is a cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery specialist. Dr. Tatooles is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. His training includes residency programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, United Healthcare HMO, and United Healthcare POS, 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. He is accepting 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 is a heart surgeon and chest surgeon. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Altergott's education and training includes medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine and residency at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Vista Health System, Centegra Health System, and Franciscan Alliance. Dr. Altergott's practice is open to 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 specializes in cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. 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 Baylor College of Medicine. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Cross's professional affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Dr. Cross 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's specialties are cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. He practices in Indianapolis, IN and Munster, IN. His areas of expertise include the following: video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), pleurectomy, and lung cancer surgery. Dr. Barksdale is professionally affiliated with Franciscan St. Francis Health - Indianapolis. He attended Indiana University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky for residency. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Lung Cancer Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Infective Endocarditis, Repeat ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Robert Kummerer practices cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Before completing his residency at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Kummerer attended medical school at Rush Medical College. Dr. Kummerer has received the distinction of Chicago Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, and MetroSouth Medical Center.

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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 practices cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. Dr. Gramm is professionally affiliated with Vista Health System, Centegra Health System, and Franciscan Alliance. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He is accepting new patients. After completing medical school at Rush Medical College, Dr. Gramm performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University.

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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 physician who specializes in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. He takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He graduated from the University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences and then he performed 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 is affiliated with Vista Health System, Centegra Health System, and Franciscan Alliance.

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

Dr. George Hodakowski's areas of specialization are cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hodakowski honors. He is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Hodakowski's training includes residency programs at the University of Chicago Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Hodakowski speaks Polish. His hospital/clinic 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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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.