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Cardiothoracic Surgery

Cardiothoracic surgery is the field of medicine dealing with the surgical treatment of organs inside the thorax (the chest), including conditions of the heart, lungs, and esophagus.

The Cardiovascular Surgery program at Ascension Crittenton Hospital is a comprehensive, high-quality program specializing in aortic surgery, CABG, valve repair and replacement, and thoracic surgery for adult patients. Our surgeons are committed to providing innovative surgical options for the treatment of injury, disease, and congenital anomalies, and are leaders in quality outcomes, beating national benchmarks.

Our dynamic team of physicians and nurses are focused on quality, attentive pre-and post-operative care. We develop a comprehensive plan unique to the patient, with measures consistently resulting in lower rates of infection, excellent 1 and 3-year postoperative outcomes, and comprehensive rehabilitation, all focused on quality of life for our patients, getting them back to doing what they love.

This results in shorter hospital stays, faster recovery, and less postoperative pain, which yields extremely high levels of patient satisfaction.



Dr. Fliegner

Staying up-to-date on the most advanced technologies and techniques is critical to a surgeon’s ability to help his or her patients. A background in research has taught me to think very critically; it’s an essential skill for a cardiothoracic surgeon.”

- Dr. Karsten Fliegner, Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Dr. Silver

Working on the heart means working with a dynamic organ that changes minute-to-minute. The focus and intensity required mandates that a CT surgeon react and problem solve immediately. This very fast-paced thought process, decision making, and action makes it a unique experience.”

- Dr. Marc Silver, Cardiothoracic Surgeon

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