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Cardiothoracic surgery

Division Overview

The University of Washington Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery is dedicated to providing excellent patient care, outstanding education, and bringing innovative world class research to the community.

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Our Faculty

(Left to Right) Row 1: Edward Verrier, Gabriel Aldea,
Douglas Wood, Jonathan Chen
Row 2:
Jason Smith, Leah Backhus, Aaron Cheng
Row 3:
Thomas Varghese, Farhood Farjah, Nahush Mokadam, Jay Pal
Row 4:
D. Michael McMullan, Joshua Hermsen,
Lester Permut, Muhammad Nuri
Not pictured: Mike Mulligan

The faculty in Cardiothoracic Surgery are committed to patient-focused care, a philosophy of “patients first”, to provide patients with easy access along with the most advanced and highest quality cardiovascular and thoracic surgical care.  The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery is an invaluable resource to patients, healthcare providers, and other hospitals in Puget Sound and all of the Pacific Northwest as a referral center for tertiary and quaternary care.  The faculty in cardiothoracic surgery have expertise in the full spectrum of cardiothoracic surgical diseases and are among the most experienced  and respected surgeons in the country, with special expertise in minimally invasive techniques, hybrid procedures, thoracic aortic disease, esophageal disorders, thoracic oncology, airway pathology, and heart and lung transplantation.

The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery is a national leader in surgical education, and is fully committed to educating the next generation of cardiothoracic surgeons.  The residency program at UW is one of the most elite and sought after training programs in cardiothoracic surgery due to the commitment of the faculty and the excellent training resources at the University of Washington.

Research provides the foundation for innovation and improvements in medicine and the cardiothoracic faculty lead and collaborate with investigative teams in basic science, translational research, clinical trials, and outcomes research, laying the groundwork for current and future improvements in patient care.   This culture of medical education and research at UW translates to consistent access to the latest technology, medical advances, subspecialty expertise, and clinical trials that ultimately benefit all patients.

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The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery continues to evolve as one of the elite clinical and academic cardiothoracic programs in the United States. READ MORE >>
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Seattle, WA 98195-6310

Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Douglas Wood, MD

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