Top Doctors 2017: Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery

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Cardiology Specialties

Physicians specializing in cardiology use a wide variety of surgical and nonsurgical techniques to treat diseases and disorders of the heart, which range from congenital defects—whether of interior walls of the heart, heart valves, or arteries and veins that carry blood to the heart—to arrhythmias and acquired heart diseases such as coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure.

Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery

Thoracic and cardiac surgery includes operations performed on any organ in the chest, including the lungs, esophagus, heart and others. Thoracic surgeons treat patients with lung cancer, coronary disease, aneurysms and heart diseases. A subset of thoracic surgery, cardiac surgery includes aortic and valve surgery, artificial hearts and implantable devices, atrial fibrillation and bypass surgery, valve surgery and other procedures.

Gabriel S. Aldea, M.D., minimally invasive cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, thoracic aortic surgery, heart valve surgery; University of Washington Medical Center, Cardiothoracic Surgery, 1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, 206.598.3636; University of Washington Medical Center; Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1981
      
James K. Brevig, M.D., aortic surgery, coronary artery surgery, heart valve surgery; North Everett Clinic, Cardiothoracic Surgery, 1330 Rockefeller Ave., Suite 400, Everett, 425.261.4950; Providence Regional Medical Center Everett; Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1986
      
Kimberly E. Costas, M.D., thoracic surgery, lung cancer, robotic and minimally invasive surgery, esophageal cancer, benign and malignant diseases of the chest; North Everett Clinic, Cardiothoracic Surgery, 1330 Rockefeller Ave., Suite 400, Everett, 425.261.4950; Providence Regional Medical Center Everett; Georgetown University, 1998
      
Allen Graeve, M.D., cardiothoracic and cardiovascular surgery including mitral valve repair, aortic valve replacement, ventricular assist device (LVAD); MultiCare Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates, 314 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Suite 202, Tacoma, 253.403.7257; MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital; Creighton University, 1977  
    
14 Years: Mark E. Hill, M.D., adult cardiac surgery, mitral heart valve surgery, thoracic surgery, coronary artery surgery; Virginia Mason Medical Center, Cardiothoracic Surgery, 1201 Terry Ave., Seattle, 206.223.6198; Virginia Mason Medical Center; University of Utah, 1989    
 
Brian E. Louie, M.D., esophageal cancer, lung cancer, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD); Swedish Cancer Institute, Thoracic Surgery, 1101 Madison Ave., Suite 900, Seattle, 206.215.6800; Swedish Medical Center–First Hill campus; University of Toronto, Canada, 1996
     
Michael Scott Mulligan, M.D., lung transplant, lung cancer, esophageal cancer, emphysema–lung volume reduction; University of Washington Medical Center, Thoracic Surgery Clinic, 1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, 206.598.4477; University of Washington Medical Center; University of Connecticut, 1989
     
14 Years: Eric Vallieres, M.D., lung cancer, mesothelioma, mediastinal tumors, thoracic cancers; Swedish Cancer Institute, Thoracic Surgery, 1101 Madison St., Suite 900, Seattle, 206.215.6800; Swedish Medical Center–First Hill campus; Université Laval, Canada, 1982
     
14 Years: Edward D. Verrier, M.D., adult congenital heart disease, heart valve surgery, aortic surgery; University of Washington Medical Center, Cardiothoracic Surgery, 1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, 206.598.3636; University of Washington Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center; Tufts University, 1974
     
13 Years: Douglas E. Wood, M.D., lung cancer, esophageal cancer, tracheal surgery, mesothelioma; University of Washington Medical Center, Cardiothoracic Surgery, 1959 NE Pacific St., Room AA-115, Seattle, 206.598.0917; University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center; Harvard Medical School, 1983

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