Why Do I Treat AFib
During Cardiac Procedures?

Why Do I Treat AFib During Cardiac Procedures?


The AFibSurgeons.org community has come together to raise awareness to and share best
practices for the concomitant treatment of atrial fibrillation.  To better understand this mission,
watch the videos below to learn why so many leading surgeons are now aggressively using
surgical ablation during heart valve, coronary artery bypass and aneurysm surgery.     

The AFibSurgeons.org community has come together to raise awareness to and share best
practices for the concomitant treatment of atrial fibrillation.  To better understand this mission,
watch the videos below to learn why so many leading surgeons are now aggressively using
surgical ablation during heart valve, coronary artery bypass and aneurysm surgery.     

Dr. Armin Kiankhooy Says...
Keck School of Medicine of USC (Los Angeles, California)

Dr. Armin Kiankhooy Says...
Keck School of Medicine of USC (Los Angeles, California)



“AFib is a big deal. And, it’s undertreated. There are so many reasons that a surgeon should perform a Cox-Maze IV. It feels amazing to get my patients back in a normal sinus rhythm. ”

- Dr. Armin Kiankhooy, Keck School of Medicine of USC

“AFib is a big deal. And, it’s undertreated. There are so many reasons that a surgeon should perform a Cox-Maze IV. It feels amazing to get my patients back in a normal sinus rhythm. ”

- Dr. Armin Kiankhooy, Keck School of Medicine of USC

“AFib is a big deal. And, it’s undertreated. There are so many reasons that a surgeon should perform a Cox-Maze IV. It feels amazing to get my patients back in a normal sinus rhythm. ”

- Dr. Armin Kiankhooy, Keck School of Medicine of USC

Dr. Kevin Accola Says...
AdventHealth (Orlando Florida)

Dr. Kevin Accola Says...
AdventHealth
(Orlando Florida)



“Knowing that patients have the potential of getting off lifelong anti-coagulants is huge for patients -- from a physiologic, medical and longevity standpoint.”

- Dr. Kevin Accola, AdventHealth

“Knowing that patients have the potential of getting off lifelong anti-coagulants is huge
for patients -- from a physiologic, medical and longevity standpoint.”

- Dr. Kevin Accola, AdventHealth

“Knowing that patients have the potential of getting off lifelong anti-coagulants is huge for patients -- from a physiologic, medical and longevity standpoint.”

- Dr. Kevin Accola, AdventHealth

Dr. Luis Castro Says...
Sequoia Hospital (Redwood City, California)

Dr. Luis Castro Says...
Sequoia Hospital
(Redwood City, California)



"Atrial fibrillation is a big problem.  It is a 'missed opportunity' if you don't do
a Maze procedure during a valve or CABG procedure."

- Dr. Luis Castro, Sequoia Hospital

Dr. Richard Shemin Says...
UCLA Health (Los Angeles, California)

Dr. Richard Shemin Says...
UCLA Health
(Los Angeles, California)



“Probably 80% to 90% of ischemic strokes are related to AFib. It's a major health burden. I'm keen on continued advances in our techniques to improve AFib care."

- Dr. Richard Shemin, UCLA Health

Dr. Katherine Harrington Says...
The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano (Plano, Texas)

Dr. Harrington Says...
Heart Hospital Baylor Plano
(Plano, Texas)



“For patients, AFib is really associated in their minds as the bad thing that made them 
symptomatic.  If you can them out of AFib, it's really rewarding." 

- Dr. Katherine Harrington, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano

Dr. Vinay Badhwar Says...
WVU Medicine (Morgantown, West Virginia)

Dr. Vinay Badhwar Says...
WVU Medicine
(Morgantown, West Virginia)



“When one addresses atrial fibrillation using a Cox-Maze IV procedure, these patients do much better.  For the first time in their lives, they're ambulating well."

- Dr. Vinay Badhwar, WVU Medicine

Dr. Marc Gerdisch Says...
Franciscan Health (Indianapolis, Indiana)

Dr. Marc Gerdisch Says...
Franciscan Health
(Indianapolis, Indiana)



"I became very passionate about AFib treatment because I recognized that we
had an opportunity to remove the dramatic risks of AFib from the patient's lives."

- Dr. Marc Gerdisch, Franciscan Health

Page last updated: June 10, 2019