Cardiac Surgery

Cardiac surgery can fix problems in the heart valves and arteries, restore blood flow or replace a diseased heart altogether.

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A full spectrum of surgical care

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Comprehensive Diagnostics

We have the most advanced imaging such as echocardiography MRI, CT scan and angiography all in one location, which allows us to provide informed choices in complex situations.

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Specialized Cardiac Surgeons

Our team of surgeons are board certified specialists driving clinical and research innovation as well as educating the next generation. This level of expertise allows our team to perform advanced treatments not available anywhere else in the region. Learn how to prepare for your cardiac surgery.

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Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Specialists

Our entire team of ICU experts are board certified in intensive care, ensuring that your care from pre-op to post-op is managed by experts.

Common conditions and symptoms treated

  • Arrhythmias
  • Aortic disease (dissection and aneurisms) 

  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Congenital heart disease 

  • Coronary artery disease 

  • Heart failure 

  • Heart valve disease 

  • Transplantation


Meet our cardiac surgeons

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Gabriel Aldea, MD, FACS, FACC

A nationally recognized leader in cardiac valve replacement and repair, management of aortic aneurysm, and minimally invasive valve and aortic therapies.

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Christopher Ryan Burke, MD

Specializes in the treatment of complex thoracic aortic disease, especially thoracic aortic aneurysms and aortic valve pathology.

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Shakirat “Lara” Oyetunji, MD, MPH

Specializes in the treatment of all adult general cardiac surgical diseases. Dr. Oyetunji is passionate about global public health and leads UW Medicine partnerships to develop sustainable surgical programs.

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The Cardiac Surgery Team

Our heart surgeons are well-known experts in fixing heart problems surgically, with a patient survival rate nearly two times higher than the national average.

Common procedures and treatments performed

  • Aortic valve replacement or repair 

  • Atrial fibrillation surgery (MAZE) 

  • Catheter based surgery 

  • Coronary artery bypass surgery 

  • Heart repair 

  • Mitral valve repair 

  • Transplant
  • Ventricular assist device implantation