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Cardiac Surgery


The Department of Surgery

Cardiac Surgery

The UCLA Division of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery recently received a "3 star" rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). Approximately 14 percent of hospitals received the "3 star" rating, which denotes the highest category of quality. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has developed a comprehensive rating system for the quality of cardiac surgery among hospitals across the country. In the current analysis of national data covering the period from July 2010 to June 2011, the cardiac surgery performance of our hospital was found to lie in the highest quality tier, thereby receiving an STS 3 star rating.

The Division of Cardiac Surgery provides consultative and therapeutic services for the surgical treatment of cardiac, pulmonary and esophageal diseases. We offer a full complement of cardiac services for acquired heart disease, congenital heart disease and transplantation. We offer minimally invasive and robotic surgeries, including minimally invasive, robotic mitral valve surgery.

Treatments for acquired heart disease include coronary artery bypass grafting, valve repair and replacement, treatment of thoracic aneurysms, and the insertion of pacemakers and electrical defibrillators. Treatments for congenital cardiac lesions include the arterial switch procedure, use of homographs, and the Fontan and unifocalization procedures. Our physicians also have extensive experience in the treatment of adults with congenital heart disease. Our transplant programs include heart, heart-lung, and lung transplantation, as well as assist devices.

Referrals for cardiac services can be made to individual faculty members, or may be channeled through the general information and referral service of the division office. Referrals for transplantation are made through the transplant programs listed.

UCLA is actively evaluating patients as candidates for TAVR - a new device that offers aortic valve replacement to those who are not candidates for open-heart surgery. For more information or to arrange an evaluation, visit www.uclahealth.org/TAVR.

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How You Can Make a Difference

Your support will allow us to recruit the brightest young faculty, promote science and technology, and teach the next generation of medical students and residents. For the Division to remain on the cutting-edge and continue to flourish, we need your help. Learn more about how you can support the Division of Cardiac Surgery at https://giving.ucla.edu/cardiothoracic

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Telephone Number
(310) 206-8232

Fax Number
(310) 825-7473

Chief Specialty
Shemin, Richard MD Cardiothoracic Surgery; Transplant Surgery

Ardehali, Abbas MD Cardiothoracic Surgery; Transplant Surgery
Benharash, Peyman MD Cardiothoracic Surgery
Biniwale, Reshma MD Cardiothoracic Surgery; Pediatric Cardiology
Hunter, Curtis MD Cardiothoracic Surgery; Transplant Surgery
Kwon, Murray MD Cardiothoracic Surgery; Transplant Surgery
Laks, Hillel MD Cardiothoracic Surgery; Transplant Surgery
Reemtsen, Brian MD Cardiothoracic Surgery; Transplant Surgery

Chavarria, Allison NP Cardiothoracic Surgery
Ethridge, Kristen RN, NP Cardiothoracic Surgery
Martinez, Joyleen NP Cardiothoracic Surgery
Scotti, Mary NP Cardiothoracic Surgery
Sharma, Zayda NP Cardiothoracic Surgery
Villamater, Ryan PA Cardiothoracic Surgery
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Division of Cardiac Surgery
10833 LeConte, 67-123 CHS
Los Angeles, California 90095