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 
  • 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

Care Team

Physician, Surgery

  • Ali Nasr, MD, PhD