We found 5 cardiothoracic surgeons who accept Anthem near Santa Cruz, CA.

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Dr. Gregory Scott Spowart, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
1575 Soquel Drive; Suite C
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Gregory Spowart works as a cardiothoracic surgeon in Monterey, CA and Santa Cruz, CA. Dr. Spowart's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine and the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. He trained at Saint Mary's Hospital, Waterbury and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine for residency. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Spowart has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Bypass Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Conrad Massimo Vial, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
1575 Soquel Drive; Suite C
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Conrad Vial is a specialist in cardiothoracic surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Vial is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Vial's medical residency was performed at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Vial (or staff) speaks Spanish and Italian. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Vial is open to new patients.

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Dr. Edward William Pottmeyer III, MD
Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
1575 Soquel Avenue; Suite C
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Edward Pottmeyer is a cardiothoracic surgery specialist. His average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Pottmeyer graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Pottmeyer's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Bypass Surgery, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, Thoracic Cancer, VATS Lung Surgery, Heart Problems, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
1575 Soquel Avenue; Suite C
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Bilal Shafi sees patients in Santa Cruz, CA. His medical specialty is cardiothoracic surgery. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Dr. Shafi is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Dr. Shafi graduated from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College.

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Specializes in Cardiothoracic Surgery
1575 Soquel Drive; Suite C
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Surindra Mitruka's specialty is cardiothoracic surgery. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Mitruka is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Sharp Health Plan, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College.

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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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