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Cardiothoracic (CT) Surgery

The cardiac surgery program provides expert care for major aortic surgery, coronary bypass, beating heart cardiac operations, arrhythmia surgery (the MAZE operation) and minimally invasive techniques including robotic surgery.

We also provide specialized care for heart failure patients including cardiac-assist devices, ventricular restorative procedures and heart transplantation.

Our patient-centered approach includes a multidisciplinary team of experienced surgeons capable of managing highly complex cases. We use leading-edge technology with the state’s longest continuous robotic surgery program and UK is the only hospital in the region to perform artificial heart and multiple-organ transplants.

  • Locations

    Clinics

    Gill Heart & Vascular Institute

    UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital - Pavilion G

    First Floor, Room G100
    800 Rose St.
    Lexington KY 40536
    Fax 859-278-4836

    Cardiothoracic Surgery Clinic

    Kentucky Clinic building

    UK Kentucky Clinic

    Third Floor, Room L300
    740 S. Limestone
    Lexington KY 40536
    Fax 859-257-9813

    Monday - Friday: 8:30 am-5:00 pm

    Clinic times vary per physician 
    After Hours contact: 859-257-1000

    Kentucky Children's Hospital Congenital Heart Clinic

    Kentucky Clinic building

    UK Kentucky Clinic

    Second Floor, Wing D, Room L203
    740 S. Limestone
    Lexington KY 40536
    Fax 859-323-3499

    Multidisciplinary Clinic

    Whitney Hendrickson Building

    Markey Cancer Center

    First Floor
    800 Rose St.
    Lexington KY 40508

    A parking lot for Markey Cancer Center patients is located near the Whitney-Hendrickson Building, accessible via Hospital Drive

    UK Transplant Center

    Kentucky Clinic building

    UK Kentucky Clinic

    Third Floor, Wing D, Room J301
    740 S. Limestone
    Lexington KY 40536
    Fax 859-323-1700

    transplant@email.uky.edu - Note that this email is not secure and should not be used to send personal health information.

    Inpatient: Lung, Liver, Kidney, Pancreas, Living Donor

    Outpatient: Lung, Liver, Kidney, Pancreas, Living Donor

    Outreach

    Commonwealth Cancer Center

    Ephraim McDowell Commonwealth Cancer Center

    Suite 100
    520 Techwood Drive
    Danville KY 40422

    This clinic is open on the second and fourth Monday of each month.

    Georgetown Community Hospital

    Georgetown Community Hospital

    Suite 201
    1140 Lexington Road
    Georgetown KY 40324

    This clinic is open on the second and fourth Friday of each month from 8 a.m. to noon.

    Rockcastle Regional Hospital and Respiratory Care Center

    Rockcastle Regional Hospital and Respiratory Care Center

    145 Newcomb Ave.
    Mt. Vernon KY 40456

    This clinic is open on the second and fourth Mondays of the month.

  • About the Program

    Our surgeons are dedicated to both exceptional clinical care and compassionate patient care, which is reflected by the many excellent outcomes our patients see.

    US News and World Report logo for high performance in heart bypass

    The cardiothoracic surgery division at the UK Gill Heart Institute provides multidisciplinary care in a state-of-the-art environment, including UK’s newly expanded surgical suites and one of the country’s largest hybrid operating room.

    Our surgeons have extensive experience in all aspects of advanced heart and chest surgery and are board-certified in thoracic surgery, general surgery and surgical critical care. We offer both leading-edge, minimally invasive approaches as well as traditional surgical techniques to provide you with the most appropriate care for your individual cardiovascular condition.

    We make your overall care, comfort and well-being our top priority. Our cardiothoracic team sees that you and your family receive exceptional treatment during your stay.

    After you leave us, we follow up on your care as expected in our clinic and with support services like our  Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Program or our Heart to Heart support group for transplant and mechanical heart device patients. 

  • Treatment

    Our cardiothoracic surgery team provides comprehensive surgical treatments for:

    • Coronary artery disease
    • Valvular heart disease
    • Congenital heart disease
    • Thoracic and pulmonary diseases
    • Esophageal disease
    • Disease of the mediastinum pleura, chest wall and diaphragm

    We also provide trauma care and the management of patients with end-stage heart and lung disease, including transplantation.

  • Specialties

    Our specialties include:

    • Adult vascular surgery
    • Arrhythmia surgery (MAZE)
    • Beating heart operations
    • Bi-caval double lumen catheter for total gas exchange in patients with lung disease
    • Cardiac and ventricular assist devices
    • Coronary bypass surgery
    • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
    • Heart and lung transplantation
    • Heart failure patients
    • Heart-valve repair and replacement
    • Major aortic surgery
    • Minimally invasive techniques 
    • Peripheral vascular surgery
    • Severe respiratory failure
    • Surgery for cardiomyopathy
    • Ventricular restorative procedures

    Centers of Cardiothoracic Excellence:

    Heart transplantation 

    UK Transplant Center  

    Minimally invasive surgery