Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery

Overview

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming more lives than the next seven causes of death combined. UofL Physicians – Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery is Kentucky’s premier cardiothoracic surgical group and among the most experienced cardiothoracic practices in the nation, averaging more than 1,600 procedures annually. Our board-certified physicians, along with our staff of physician assistants, nurses and medical assistants, offer an exceptional depth of both clinical and research experience. Our cardiothoracic surgery practice is committed to delivering excellence in clinical care and the most advanced medical treatments and procedures.

We are internationally recognized for our work in mechanical circulatory support and heart transplantation. Our physicians are pioneers of major advancements in cardiothoracic surgery, including numerous regional firsts:

  • Heart transplantation
  • Double-lung transplantation
  • Implantation of mechanical circulatory support systems as bridges to transplantation
  • Implantation of the AbioCor™ replacement heart
  • Minimally invasive surgical options
  • First robotic thoracic surgery in Louisville
  • New aortic valve replacement procedure
  • First Trans-Catheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), a new treatment for patients who are not well enough to undergo open heart surgery

We also are a national leader in surgical stroke prevention. We were the lead center in the trial that helped to gain FDA approval for TigerPaw, a device that blocks the left atrial appendage, which is a part of the left atrium where clots are likely to form when a patient has atrial fibrillation. When clots form in the left atrium, they can lead to stroke.

Having pioneered major advancements in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, we offer a depth of experience combined with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

Diseases & Conditions

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Disease of the aorta
  • End-stage heart failure
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Atrial and ventricular septal defects
  • Tetralogy of fallot
  • Coarctation of the aorta
  • Transposition of the great arteries
  • Lung cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Emphysema
  • Tracheal stenosis
  • Mediastinal tumors
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Achalasia
  • Esophageal strictures
  • Paraesophageal hernia
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Arrhythmia surgery
  • Mediastinal tumors
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Achalasia
  • Esophageal strictures
  • Paraesophageal hernia
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Arrhythmia surgery

Treatments & Services

UofL Physicians – Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery uses a detailed preoperative multispecialty approach to consider the full range of treatment options for each patient before working with you to decide whether surgery is the best option. We understand that any surgery can be stressful for patients and their loved ones. Our physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and other support staff focus on the details — from your first consultation visit, throughout your hospital stay, and on through post-operative follow-up care. Our patients are encouraged to discuss any questions they may have about their diagnosis, procedure or discharge instructions with their physician or physician extender.

We offer the following treatment options:

Adult cardiac treatments:

  • Heart Bypass Surgery
  • Minimally invasive heart surgery
  • Valve repair/replacement
  • Surgery for adult congenital heart disease
  • Mechanical circulatory support & heart failure treatments
  • Heart transplantation
  • Vascular surgery
  • Atrial fibrillation corrective surgeries
  • Ventricular Assist Devices (VADs)

Thoracic treatments

  • Lung transplantation
  • Minimally invasive pulmonary resections
  • Chest wall resection and reconstruction
  • Minimally invasive thymectomy, an operation to remove the thymus
  • Minimally invasive mediastinal tumor resection
  • Lung volume reduction surgery
  • Tracheal resection and reconstruction
  • Minimally invasive esophagectomy, the surgical removal of all or part of the esophagus
  • Minimally invasive esophageal myotomy
  • Minimally invasive gastric fundoplication
  • Minimally invasive sympathectomy, a procedure during which at least one sympathetic ganglion is removed
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Endobronchial ultrasound
  • Airway stenting
  • Esophagoscopy, endoscopic examination of the esophagus
  • Esophageal stenting
  • Minimally invasive repairs of para-esophageal hernias (Hiatal hernias)
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Brian L. Ganzel, M.D.

Specialty Areas: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery

Primary Practice Location

UofL Health – Rudd Heart and Lung Center
201 Abraham Flexner Way, Suite 1200
Louisville, KY 40202
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Hazaim Alwair, M.D.

Specialty Areas: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery

Primary Practice Location

UofL Health – Rudd Heart and Lung Center
201 Abraham Flexner Way, Suite 1200
Louisville, KY 40202
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Ryane Hibbs, APRN

Specialty Areas: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery

Primary Practice Location

UofL Health – Rudd Heart and Lung Center
201 Abraham Flexner Way, Suite 1200
Louisville, KY 40202
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Jessica M. Scheller, APRN

Specialty Areas: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery

Primary Practice Location

UofL Health – Rudd Heart and Lung Center
201 Abraham Flexner Way, Suite 1200
Louisville, KY 40202
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Alisa Salvestrini, APRN

Specialty Areas: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery

Primary Practice Location

UofL Health – Rudd Heart and Lung Center
201 Abraham Flexner Way, Suite 1200
Louisville, KY 40202
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Devan Costelle, APRN

Specialty Areas: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery

Primary Practice Location

UofL Health – Rudd Heart and Lung Center
201 Abraham Flexner Way, Suite 1200
Louisville, KY 40202

Locations & Contact

Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

UofL Health - Rudd Heart and Lung Center
201 Abraham Flexner Way Suite 1200
Louisville , KY 40202
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Call Us (502-588-7600)

UofL Health – Rudd Heart and Lung Center

201 Abraham Flexner Way Suite 1200
Louisville , KY 40202
Get Directions
Call Us (502-587-4011)

Accepted Insurance

UofL Physicians participates in most major health plans in Kentucky. Coverage may vary by specialty. Coverage limitations are dependent on the terms of your personal health plan. This is not a guarantee that all services you receive will be covered by your health plan. Review your health plan provider directory and/or consult with your plan to confirm coverage.

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