The Atrial Fibrillation
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interviews for atrial fibrillation treatment


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The Atrial Fibrillation
Surgical Treatment Blog


Get the latest news, research, and surgeon
interviews for atrial fibrillation treatment


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Dr. Husam Balkhy, the Director of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery at The University of Chicago Medicine, is a pioneer in the field of minimally-invasive cardiac surgery. Dr. Balkhy specializes in the treatment of heart valve disease, atrial fibrillation and coronary artery disease, using minimally-invasive techniques in order to reduce pain, disability and recovery time.

15-years ago, Dr. Balkhy adopted surgical ablation into his practice to treat AFib patients.  In his career, Dr. Balky has performed approximately 4,000 cardiac surgeries, of which 1,800 involved heart valve procedures.

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Richard Shemin Atrial Fibrillation Surgeon

Dr. Richard Shemin is a board certified thoracic surgeon who graduated from Boston University School of Medicine in 1974. In 2007, Dr. Shemin was named the Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery, Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Chairman of Cardiothoracic Surgery at UCLA Health in Los Angeles, California.

During his incredible career, Dr. Shemin has performed over 10,000 cardiac surgeries of which 7,000 involved heart valve procedures…

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Dr. Kevin Accola AFib Surgeon

Dr. Kevin Accola is a board certified thoracic surgeon who has been practicing for over 20 years at Advent Health in Florida. During his incredible career, Dr. Accola has performed over 14,00 cardiac surgeries.

Dr. Accola specializes in mitral valve disease and the treatment of atrial fibrillation during concomitant procedures, including the Maze procedure. The key highlights from Dr. Accola’s AFib interview include…

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Dr. Patrick McCarthy is the Executive Director of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Medicine, the #7 ranked cardiology and heart surgery program according to U.S. News & World Report. Specific to atrial fibrillation (AFib), Dr. McCarthy has a 30-year experience treating AFib using the Maze procedure. At Northwestern Medicine, Dr. McCarthy has built a nationally recognized team and health care destination for patients requiring highly specialized treatment of atrial fibrillation.

As featured in The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Dr. McCarthy published new research on the prevalence of atrial fibrillation before cardiac surgery and the under-treatment of AFib during concomitant procedures including mitral valve, aortic valve and coronary artery bypass

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Dr. Marc Gerdisch, MD, FACS, FACC, is the chief of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery and co-director of the Franciscan Health Heart Valve Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Gerdisch is a senior partner with Cardiac Surgery Associates specializing in complex heart valve and atrial fibrillation surgery.

During the past 21 years, Dr. Gerdisch has performed more than 6,000 innovative surgical procedures. Dr. Gerdisch presents internationally on novel surgical techniques. For the past 10 years, Dr. Gerdisch has trained surgeons on the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation…

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