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Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy Program

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The Department of Surgery

Division of Cardiac Surgery

Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy Program

The Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy Program at UCLA consists of a multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, pulmonologists and interventional radiologists who offer pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE) to patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension.

PTE removes the life-threatening blood clots—emboli—from pulmonary arteries to restore blood flow to the lungs. The surgery can provide a cure for pulmonary hypertension due to chronic pulmonary thromboembolic disease by restoring normal blood pressure in the pulmonary artery, and the procedure reduces right-heart failure. The ability to exercise is remarkably improved. PTE can prolong patients’ lives, and the quality of their lives.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Telephone Number
(310) 825-8061 Consultation & Referral
PHYSICIANS & SPECIALISTS
Surgical Director Specialty
Shemin, Richard MD Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery; Transplant Surgery

Medical Director
Ross, David MD Pulmonary Disease

Physician
Aboulhosn, Jamil MD Cardiovascular Disease
Finn, John MD Diagnostic Radiology
Suh, Robert MD Diagnostic Radiology
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