Cardiac surgery can fix problems in the heart valves and arteries, restore blood flow or replace a diseased heart altogether.
A full spectrum of surgical care
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.
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.
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
Aortic disease (dissection and aneurisms)
Congenital heart disease
Coronary artery disease
Heart valve disease
Meet our cardiac surgeons
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.
Christopher Ryan Burke, MD
Specializes in the treatment of complex thoracic aortic disease, especially thoracic aortic aneurysms and aortic valve pathology.
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.
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
Mitral valve repair
Ventricular assist device implantation