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Cardiothoracic Surgery

Cardiothoracic Surgery at Emory comprises the following areas — cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, our structural heart program, and heart transplant. For more information on each, please use the links below. Learn more about the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine here.

• Cardiac Surgery

The Cardiac Surgery sector within the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery is one of the largest and most successful heart surgery services in the country. Performing more than 2,000 adult procedures annually for the last 25 years, Emory’s Cardiac Surgery service has long been ranked among the top five academic centers in the nation in clinical volume and is considered one of the nation's top institutions for biomedical education, research, and patient care. Emory's Cardiac Surgery Service has performed more off-pump coronary artery bypass procedures to treat coronary artery disease than any other service in the country and is also a national leader in robotically assisted, minimally invasive coronary artery bypass surgery. 

• Heart Transplant

The Emory Center for Heart Failure Therapy and Transplant in Atlanta, Georgia ranks among the nation's top heart transplant hospitals. We are a leader in heart transplantation and therapies to improve heart failure. Our comprehensive services include medical therapy, FDA-regulated investigational drugs and devices, cardiac catheterization, cardiac surgery, and in select patients, heart transplantation.

Robotic Surgery

Emory is one of the few national centers performing robotic cardiac surgery using the daVinci Surgical System. Emory’s robotic surgeons have completed numerous cases and are recognized in Atlanta, the Southeast and across the country for their expertise in cardiac surgery. Some of the cardiac and thoracic conditions treated by Emory cardiac surgeons include mitral valve repair and replacement, atrial septal defect repair, atrial myxoma and thrombi, coronary bypass (LIMA to LAD), mediastinal mass excision, thymectomy, epicardial lead placement and pericardial window.

• Structural Heart

The Structural Heart Program at  Emory's Heart & Vascular Center is a collaborative effort involving Emory interventional cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons working together to provide innovative heart treatment solutions and the best possible outcomes for our patients with structural heart diseases, including valve disorders such as aortic stenosis and regurgitation and structural heart defects such as atrial septal defects (ASD).

• Thoracic Surgery

The Emory General Thoracic Surgery Center has developed and refined various treatments for disorders of the structures and organs of the chest, particularly the lungs and esophagus. Emphasizing and applying minimally invasive methods whenever appropriate, the center is one of only a handful of clinical programs in the country that offers minimally invasive esophagectomy, lobectomy, and sympathectomy for hyperhidrosis.

Cardiothoracic Firsts in Georgia at Emory

1962 - Georgia's first "blue baby" open heart procedure was performed at Emory

1963-64 - Georgia's first single, double & triple heart valve replacements

1970 - First successful coronary bypass in Georgia

1985 - First adult heart transplant in Georgia

1997 - World's first minimally invasive triple off-pump bypass surgery using Mini-CABG instrumentation

2003 - First closed chest, off-pump cardiac bypass

2006 - Implantation of Georgia's first ventricular assist device (VAD) as a means of providing permanent destination therapy for heart failure rather than as a bridge to transplant.

2007 - First implantation of an even smaller and lighter VAD for the same purpose

2008 - First pediatric Berlin Heart surgery in Georgia