Cardiothoracic Surgery Clinic

The breadth of the UI Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery services include minimally invasive and traditional surgical procedures.

Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery

Minimally-invasive surgery offers an ideal option for the right patient. This program involves highly advanced expertise only available here at Iowa's comprehensive medical center.

Adult Cardiac Surgery

Coronary artery bypass graft surgery 

  • Coronary artery bypass graft surgery 
  • Endovascular thoracic graphs for patients with aneurysms 
  • Epicardial lead placement for biventricular pacing
  • Heart and lung transplant 
  • Maze procedure for atrial fibrillation
  • Mitral valve repair and replacement 
  • Transmyocardial revascularization (TMR)
  • Ventricular assist device (VADs), including electric VAD and bridge to transplant

Adult Thoracic Surgery (General Thoracic Surgery)

The general thoracic service provides state-of-the-art treatment for esophageal disease and surgery for pulmonary insufficiency, as well as lung cancer.

  • Adult extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Minimally invasive robotic procedures for pulmonary and esophageal disease
  • Minimally invasive surgery for both reflux and motor disorders
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Special expertise and thoracic outlet syndrome 
  • State's largest center for esophageal disease both benign and malignant
  • Surgical treatment for patients with lung cancer, non-small cell and small cell
  • Treatment for hyperhidrosis, including palm and axillary hyperhidrosis

Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

  • Anomalous coronary artery repairs
  • Atrial and ventricular septal defect repairs as well as AV canal procedures
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support
  • Heart assist device support, ECMO
  • Pediatric and congenital cardiothoracic surgery 
  • Pediatric cardiac disorders
  • Pediatric cardiac transplantation 
  • Repair of arch anomalies (including coarctation and patent ductus arteriosus)
  • Repair of congenital heart defects 
  • Repairs of pediatric chest wall deformities (pectus excavatum and carinatum)
  • Ross procedure
  • Single ventricle repair (including Glenn and Fontan procedures)
  • Treatment of a cyanotic heart disease (including tetralogy of Fallot)
  • Transposition of great arteries repair
  • Treatment of hypoplastic left heart syndrome and the Norwood procedure
  • Treatment of pediatric hyperhidrosis 
  • Treatment of pediatric thoracic and cardiac tumors

Care Team

Physician, Surgery

  • Ali Nasr, MD, PhD