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Cardiothoracic Surgery

A diagnosis that requires surgery on your heart, lungs or another structure in your chest can feel incredibly overwhelming. But our innovative and compassionate team of providers is here to walk you through a highly individualized treatment plan with the goal of getting you back to doing the things you love.
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Meet our cardiothoracic surgeons and find a health partner dedicated to your journey toward a healthier heart.

Why Methodist?

Methodist is home to a distinguished three-star rated cardiothoracic surgery program, denoting the highest quality of care and outcomes across the nation. Our nationally respected team of providers has access to some of the most advanced diagnostic and treatment options in the region. They are true leaders in their field, using the most innovative techniques to perform complex operations designed to improve patients’ quality of life.

Cardiac Services

Cardiac surgery involves the heart and thoracic aorta.

Our highly skilled team of experts is able to diagnose and treat a multitude of cardiac diseases and defects, including:

  • Valvular disease
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Arrhythmia
  • Aortic aneurysm
Structural Heart Cardiologist Robert Hibbard, MD, leads a Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure on patient Leanna MacDonald at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska with the help of Cardiologist Charles Olson, MD and Cardiothoracic Surgeon John Batter, MD. Hibbard leads the structural heart program at Methodist and is introducing the TAVR procedure to Methodist.

In addition to complex cardiac procedures, Methodist’s cardiothoracic surgeons are specially trained on a variety of minimally invasive approaches. They specialize in:

  • Aortic reconstruction
  • Valve preservation
  • Beating-heart coronary surgery
  • Percutaneous (incisionless) options for cardiac issues
    • TAVR
    • Mitraclip
    • AngioVac 

Thoracic Services

Thoracic surgery involves organs and structures in the thorax (chest), including the:

  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Trachea
  • Esophagus
  • Other structures in the chest located between the lungs (mediastinum)

Our skilled surgeons specialize in the diagnosing and treatment of a number of diseases and conditions, including:

  • Lung cancer and nodules
  • Thymus disease
  • Other masses and cancers of the chest

Methodist’s board-certified cardiothoracic surgeons offer a variety of treatment options, including:

  • Chest wall reconstruction
    • Rib and sternum plating
    • Chest wall tumor resection
  • Minimally invasive video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS)
Cardiothoracic Surgery Referrals
If you are a physician or patient seeking a referral to see a Methodist cardiothoracic surgeon, please complete our online form to be contacted.

Meet Our Cardiothoracic Surgeons

Awards and Accreditations

Methodist is dedicated to creating better care, outcomes and experiences for you and those you love. We are honored to be recognized for excellence in care.
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