Department of Cardiac Surgery


Who We Are

The Department of Cardiac Surgery providesJohn G. Byrne, M.D. Chair, Department of Cardiac Surgery at Vanderbilt 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.

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Michael Petracek, M.D. 
Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Surgery
Professor of Cardiac Surgery
Chair, Department of Cardiac Surgery