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Cardiac Surgery

There are many surgical options today that will prolong and enhance the lives of people with heart disease. For more than 40 years, the cardiac surgeons at Barnes-Jewish & Washington University Heart & Vascular Center have been pioneering many of those options, including the Maze procedure for atrial fibrillation, the endovascular treatment of aortic aneurysms, and the use of minimally invasive surgery to repair heart valves.

Our cardiac surgeons offer a full spectrum of treatment options, using the most up-to-date surgical therapy available. We perform approximately 1,200 major cardiac procedures with 1,800 total cardiac procedures. More than 500 heart transplants have been performed since the transplant program began in 1985, with survival rates that surpass national statistics. And we have one of only 20 teams in the U.S. who can implant the temporary artificial heart.

We are committed to providing the best and most innovative care to our patients. Virtually all patients surveyed reported excellent patient satisfaction and would be willing to recommend their cardiac surgeon. Year after year, our nursing team has won awards for their excellent patient care.

Surgeons performing valve repair surgery
Alan Zajarias, MD, John M. Lasala, MD and Ralph J. Damiano Jr., MD, perform the first percutaneous valve repair surgery in the nation at Barnes-Jewish.

What We Treat

There are nine board-certified cardiac surgeons, led by Ralph J. Damiano, Jr., MD, who provide treatment for coronary artery disease, acquired and congenital diseases of the heart and vessels, complications of myocardial infarction, valvular heart disease, diseases of the aorta (dissection and aneurysm), cardiac arrhythmia, end-stage heart disease, congestive heart failure and chronic pulmonary embolism.

The cardiac surgery group has pioneered the development of many procedures in the field. Recently the introduction of robotically assisted surgery set our group apart from any heart center in the midwestern region.

Surgical options available at the Heart & Vascular Center include:

To make an appointment with a Washington University heart or vascular specialist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, call 855.925.0631.