The Department of Cardiac Surgery provides comprehensive surgical services for adults and children with cardiovascular disease. The program is a nationally recognized pioneer in “hybrid” coronary artery revascularization, which is an innovative approach where cardiac surgeons and interventional cardiologists collaborate to provide optimal care based on which therapy is best for different lesions. The Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute (VHVI) combines the services of cardiac surgery and cardiology to enhance overall patient care.
Michael Petracek, M.D.
Interim Chairman, Department of Cardiac Surgery
Professor, Clinical Cardiac Surgery