Cardiac Surgery

When surgery is your best treatment option for a heart condition, choose the board-certified, fellowship-trained cardiac surgeons at the Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute. Find expert care at Hartford Hospital, a convenient drive for patients in New Haven, Litchfield, and Middlesex counties, as well as residents of Rhode Island and western Massachusetts.

Experienced Heart Surgeons

The Heart & Vascular Institute earned distinguished international three-star ratings in 2019 from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons for its patient care and outcomes in aortic valve replacement, coronary artery bypass grafting and mitral valve replacement and repair. Earning three-star ratings, which denote the highest level of quality, in all three categories is the highest possible achievement for any institution and placed the Heart & Vascular Institute among the elite for cardiac surgery in North America.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons star rating system is recognized as one of the most sophisticated and highly regarded overall measures of quality in healthcare. To determine final designations, the group rates benchmarked outcomes of more than 90 percent of the participating cardiothoracic surgery programs in 11 countries worldwide. Only 4 percent to 7 percent receive the three-star rating for aortic valve replacement and coronary artery bypass grafting surgery.

Your surgical team has the specialized experience needed to provide the most advanced treatments for delicate hearts. The Heart & Vascular Institute performs over 1,000 surgical procedures each year.

You can trust our expertise because Blue Cross Blue Shield recognized Hartford Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center+ for cardiac care. That means patients who receive heart valve surgery or coronary artery bypass surgery experience:

  • Better quality
  • Improved outcomes, including lower complication rates
  • More affordable care

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Heart Surgery Procedures

Trust the expert heart surgeons at the Heart & Vascular Institute when you need one of these procedures.

Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)

Coronary bypass surgery reroutes blood around clogged heart arteries to treat coronary artery disease. At the Heart & Vascular Institute, you may benefit from a technique that Dr. Sabet Hashim developed to prevent the need for more treatment later in life.

Heart Transplant

Heart transplant treats heart failure by replacing your heart with a healthy donor organ. Entrust your care to the experienced team at Hartford Hospital, now part of the Heart & Vascular Institute, which has been performing successful heart transplants longer than any other Connecticut hospital.

Mini Maze Surgery

Mini maze surgery treats atrial fibrillation by sending your heart’s electrical impulses in the right direction. Your surgeon at the Heart & Vascular Institute will use only small incisions, so you recover sooner.

Mitral Valve Repair

Mitral valve surgery stops blood from leaking backward through the heart. Surgeons at the Heart & Vascular Institute nearly always repair, not replace, mitral valves. That means you’ll experience the best possible long-term outcome. 

Heart Conditions We Treat

Your physician at the Heart & Vascular Institute may recommend surgery to treat conditions such as:

Recovery & Support

Recover and regain strength after heart surgery with cardiac rehabilitation. In this supervised exercise program, you’ll reduce the risk of future heart problems and learn how to live a heart-healthy lifestyle.

We acknowledge our history, too. Doctors at Hartford Hospital, now part of the Heart & Vascular Institute, in 1984 became the first Connecticut hospital to perform a successful heart transplant. Since then, we’ve performed more than 250 heart transplants.


Request an Appointment

Call 833.444.0014 to request an appointment with a cardiac surgeon at the Heart & Vascular Institute. Ask your doctor for a referral before you call.

Cardiac Surgery at The Heart & Vascular Institute

Meet our Cardiac Surgeons:

Name Specialties Location
Cheema, Mohiuddin, MD
860.696.5520
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Endovascular Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
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  • Hartford
Fusco, Daniel Stephen, MD
860.696.5520
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Hartford
Hagberg, Robert Carl, MD
860.696.5520
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Endovascular Surgery
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  • Hartford
Hammond, Jonathan Acton, MD
860.696.5520
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Hartford
Hashim, Sabet W., MD, FACS
860.696.5520
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Hartford
Humphrey, Chester Bowden, MD
860.696.5520
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Hartford
Underhill, David Joseph, MD
860.696.5520
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Endovascular Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
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  • Hartford
Yaffee, David, MD
860.696.5520
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
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  • Hartford

Meet our Advanced Practitioners and Physicians Assistants:

Name Specialties Location
Clarke Jr., Brian H., PA-C
860.969.5533
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Hartford
Escaravage, Steven John, PA-C
860.696.5520
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Hartford
Ficara, Robert J., PA-C
860.696.5520
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Hartford
Martindale, Carolyn, APRN
860.696.5520
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Hartford
Panetta, Andrew David, PA-C
860.696.5520
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Hartford
Szenk, Monika Kinga, PA-C
860.696.5520
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Hartford
Whiting, Alicia M., APRN
860.696.5520
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Hartford

Our Cardiac Surgery Locations: