The collective medical expertise of three outstanding healthcare systems come together to bring the best cardiac surgery care to the Cedar Valley.
Heart surgery is performed by the fellowship-trained and board-certified cardiothoracic surgeons from Gundersen Health System. Gundersen is a Thomson Reuters Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital and recipient of Healthgrades® 2013 Excellence Awards™ in Cardiac Care and Coronary Intervention.
Heart surgery is performed at UnityPoint Health – Allen Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa, ranked one of the Top 50 Heart Hospitals in the U.S. and an accredited Chest Pain Center.
Pre- and postoperative care is provided by cardiologists from Cedar Valley Cardiovascular Center, a division of Cedar Valley Medical Specialists, the most comprehensive specialty group serving the Cedar Valley.
Thanks to this innovative partnership, anytime you face a serious heart health problem, we work to find the best solutions and deliver better care together.
University of Iowa Cardiothoracic Resident 2006-2008 Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center CT Surgery Resident 2005-2006 Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center CT Clinical Fellow 2004-2005 Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center General Surgery Resident 1998-2004 Wayne State University Cardiovascular Research Fellow 200-2001
Medical Doctorate University of Miami School of Medicine Miami, Florida 1994-1998 Graduate of Honors Program in Medicine; Six year combined BS/MD Program Bachelors of Science University of Miami, Florida 1992-1994
Wayne State University Department of Surgery Waldo Cain Award Medical School Trustee Scholarship 1994-1998 Dean’s List 1992-1994 National Merit Scholar
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CVI Heart Care Conference Greeley, CO Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery February 2018
Intermountain Annual Cardiovascular Surgery Conference Murray, UT Anomalous origin of a Coronary Artery April 2015
17th Annual Cardiovascular Heart and Vascular Outreach Symposium Ogden, UT Latest Directions in Cardiac Surgery February 2009
48th Annual ASAIO Conference, New York, NY Skeletal Muscle Ventricle Aortic Counterpulsation: Function During Chronic Heart Failure. June 2002.
Sinai-Grace Grand Rounds, Detroit, MI Genetics of Colorectal Cancer. April 2002.
Detroit Surgical Association, Detroit, MI Skeletal Muscle Ventricle Aortic Counterpulsation: Function During Chronic Heart Failure. February 2002.
VA surgical Grand Rounds, Detroit, MI Pancreatic Transplantation. September 2001