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Practice Spotlight: Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates

Published on February 8, 2012

We would like to introduce you to Kentucky’s premier cardiothoracic surgical group, University Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates (UCSA). This group of UofL Physicians specialists is among the most experienced in the nation, averaging more than 1,600 procedures each year. UCSA’s 11 board-certified physicians, along with a highly trained staff of physician assistants, nurses and medical assistants, offer an exceptional depth of both clinical and research experience.

Led by division chief Mark Slaughter, M.D., UCSA is internationally recognized for its work in mechanical circulatory support and heart transplantation and is a pioneer of major advancements in cardiothoracic surgery. Regional “firsts” include: heart transplantation; double-lung transplantation; implantation of mechanical circulatory support systems as bridges to transplantation; implantation of the AbioCor replacement heart; and various minimally invasive surgical procedures.

“Working in state-of-the-art facilities, and using some of the world’s most sophisticated technology, our thoracic surgeons have become leaders in diagnosis, treatment and discovery of heart disease and other illnesses,” said Slaughter. “UCSA physicians are often looked to for creating the next steps in cardiovascular surgery, literally defining the leading edge of the field,” said Dr. Slaughter.

UCSA physicians specialize in treatments for adults and children, including minimally invasive heart surgery, coronary artery disease, valve repair/replacement, congenital heart disease, disease of the aorta, end-stage heart failure, mechanical circulatory support and heart failure treatments, heart transplantation, vascular surgery, atrial fibrillation corrective surgeries, ventricular Assist Devices (VADs), lung transplantation, lung and esophageal resections for cancer, lung volume reduction surgery for emphysema and minimally invasive repairs of para-esophageal hernias (Hiatal hernias).

The team of physicians at UCSA uses a detailed, preoperative multispecialty approach to consider the full range of treatment options for each patient before deciding whether surgery is the best option.

“We understand that any surgery can be stressful for patients and their loved ones,” said Slaughter. “Our physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and other support staff focus on every detail – from your first consultation visit, throughout your hospital stay, and on through post-operative follow-up care.”

UCSA accepts patients by physician referral, and places a high priority on communicating frequently with referring physicians to ensure the continuity of a patient’s care. Patients are seen at the Jewish Hospital Rudd Heart & Lung Building, 201 Abraham Flexner Way, Suite 1200. To refer a patient, call 502-583-8383.