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About the Division



The Cardiothoracic Surgery Division is committed to the provision of exemplary surgical care, superior research in basic and clinical science of surgery and excellence in surgical training and medical education.

The Cardiothoracic Surgery program is well known throughout the country and is the only regional medical center with University affiliation in Colorado. Clinical specialties of the Cardiothoracic Division include: advanced oncological thoracic surgery and treatment of end stage lung disease, enhancement of adult congenital heart disease clinic, Heart and Lung transplantation, advanced treatment for end stage heart disease, lung resection for tuberculosis, lung reduction for COPD, and utilization of the Maze procedure for atrial fibrillation.

Clinical Focus

Faculty in the Division practice predominantly at the University of Colorado Hospital, The Children’s Hospital, and Denver VA Medical Center. Additional cases are performed at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, Exempla St. Joseph Hospital, and Memorial Hospital of Colorado Springs. Clinics are held four times a week at VAMC, Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion, National Jewish Medical Center and the Anschutz Cancer Center.

Several features are unique to this practice, including the new multi-disciplinary approach to treating lung cancer, a mechanical assist device program and integration with other medical discipline areas to incorporate several procedures in one surgical case.

The cardiac transplant program for neonates, infants and children at The Children’s Hospital is among the busiest in the country with 20-30 transplant cases per year. A pediatric lung transplant program was added in 1994. Both programs enhance our ability to care for terminally ill children. In addition, The Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive congenital surgery for children with congenital heart diseases in the Rocky Mountain region.