University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Surgery

Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Dr. Bruce Leavitt reviews X-rays The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery has been providing care to patients in Vermont and northern New York State with cardiac and thoracic related diseases for over sixty years. During that time, we have tried to establish a reputation for providing consistently high quality patient care in a welcoming and safe environment. Every day we rededicate ourselves to this mission. We strongly believe in honesty, transparency and accountability and we are always trying to improve patient outcomes and satisfaction. We promise our patients that they will receive our best effort and that we will take good care of them.

The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery consists of four board certified cardiothoracic surgeons, two physician’s assistants, a nurse practitioner, a nurse clinician and four administrative assistants. The cardiothoracic surgeons have a combined surgical experience of over seventy years. This heart team, including the perfusionists and anesthesiologists, works extremely well together and has an excellent collaborative relationship with our cardiology colleagues. Our mantra is team work, cooperation and communication.

Education

The members of the CT Division take great pride in their role as didactic and clinical teachers. From the attending surgeons to the nurse practitioner, each member understands the need and responsibility to teach medical students and residents the art of cardiothoracic surgery. We engage these individuals in multiple venues, be it the operating room, the classroom or the bedside. The division members also mentor residents and students with advice and council on goals and career choices.

Research

While the division of CT Surgery is not performing any bench research at this time, we have established a robust program in translational research with our cardiology colleagues. This presently involves funded research in heart failure. We are also partnering with Cardiology on clinical trials involving the TAVI procedure in selected individuals and left main stenting versus conventional bypass surgery.

Patient Care

The members of the division of cardiac surgery pride themselves on the quality of care that we provide to our patients. This process begins well before the patient’s admission and continues well beyond discharge. To us, the surgery, itself, is only a part of the overall hospital experience. Each of us has a role and it is focused on the patient’s safety and welfare. We collaborate with each other and the support services in the hospital to make certain that no problem is left unattended. This translates into a heart team approach, which is designed to improve efficiency, safety, quality and patient satisfaction.

Following is a list of some of the conditions this highly skilled group of health care
professionals treat, and some of the procedures they perform.

• All adult cardiac pathology
• Limited pediatric abnormalities
• Aneurysms of the thoracic aorta
• Diseases involving the lungs, mediastinum, esophagus and chest wall
• Heart valve replacement and repair
• Bypass surgeries
• Surgical repair of complex chest and abdominal aneurysms
• Surgical treatment of heart rhythm disorders
• Advanced minimally invasive heart valve surgery for aortic valve, mitral valve, and thoracic aortic aneurysm

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Last modified November 21 2014 03:19 PM