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Cardiothoracic Surgery

Surgeons at University Hospital performed the first open-heart procedure in mid-Missouri in 1958. Since that time, the hospital has become well-known as one of the states most active and respected cardiothoracic referral centers. Our cardiothoracic surgeons perform more than 780 operations each year. Services include:

  • Complete thoracic surgical oncology, including laser endoscopy and thoroscopy
  • Management of pulmonary and esophageal pathology
  • Operations for thoracic and vascular trauma
  • Treatment of congenital and acquired cardiac defects, including cardiac conduction disorders and arrhythmias

Cardiothoracic Surgeons

Normand Caron, MD
Richard Schmaltz, MD
Ajit Tharakan, MD, Division Chief

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