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We found 5 cardiothoracic surgeons who accept Humana HMO Premier near Nashville, TN.

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Specializes in Thoracic Surgery, Transplant Surgery
4230 Harding Road; Suite 530
Nashville, TN
 

Dr. John Howington is a thoracic surgeon and transplant surgeon. He is affiliated with Saint Thomas Health. Dr. Howington is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and performed his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Truman Medical Centers. He has received the following distinction: Chicago Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Thoracic Surgery
4230 Harding Road; Suite 530
Nashivlle, TN
 

Dr. Chandrashekhar Ramaiah is a medical specialist in thoracic surgery. Dr. Ramaiah is professionally affiliated with Saint Thomas Health. He attended medical school at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute. For his residency, Dr. Ramaiah trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kentucky. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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Dr. Steven J Hoff, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
1310 24th Avenue South
Nashville, TN
 

Dr. Steven Hoff is a medical specialist in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Hoff attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Hoff completed a residency program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Hoff is affiliated with Tennessee Valley Healthcare System and Orlando Health.

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Dr. Jorge M Balaguer, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
1310 24th Avenue South
Nashville, TN
 

Dr. Jorge Balaguer works as a heart surgeon and chest surgeon. Dr. Balaguer's hospital/clinic affiliations include Tennessee Valley Healthcare System and Rush Oak Park Hospital. He studied medicine at the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Maimonides Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He has received the following distinctions: Represent for the Argentina College of Cardiovasc. Surgeons in USA; Editorial Board. Argentine Journal Cardiovascular; and Fellow American College Chest Physicians. Dr. Balaguer's practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Cardiac Surgery
2010 Church Street; Suite 700
Nashville, TN
 

Dr. Jeffrey Gibson is a cardiac surgery specialist. He is affiliated with Saint Thomas Health. He is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, Dr. Gibson completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Tennessee.

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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.