Choosing Wisely® Campaign

On February 21, 2013, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) released a list of specific tests and procedures that are commonly ordered, but not always necessary in cardiothoracic surgery. The list is part of the Choosing Wisely® campaign, an initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation that identifies targeted, evidence-based recommendations that can support conversations between patients and physicians about what care is really necessary. Click here to read more. Click here for patient information materials.

Diseases Treated by Cardiothoracic Surgeons

Cardiothoracic, or thoracic, surgeons treat diseases of the chest including coronary artery disease; cancers of the lung, esophagus, and chest wall; abnormalities of the great vessels and heart valves; birth defects of the chest and heart; tumors in the organs contained in the chest cavity; and transplantation of the heart and lungs. The information presented here is created and maintained by STS members.

Please send us questions and comments regarding the site, though we are not able to answer individual questions about medical conditions and procedures. This site is not meant as a substitute for the advice of a physician; we recommend that people with the conditions discussed consult a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon. Access information on particular areas of cardiothoracic surgery by following the links below:

Adult Cardiac Surgery Valve Repair/Replacement Surgery Lung/Thoracic Surgery Esophageal Surgery
Aneurysm SurgeryArrhythmia SurgeryOther Types of Surgery


Heart Surgery Outcomes - Public Access

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