Cardiothoracic Surgery


Cardiothoracic PA/ARNP Fellowship Program accepting applications

The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery is now accepting applications for the Cardiothoracic PA and Advanced Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Program.

Combining novel techniques in genetic analysis to identify disease-causing variants

The Gruber lab has just published a collaborative paper that combines novel techniques in genetic analysis to identify disease-causing variants.

UI thoracic surgeons offer latest treatment for Achalasia: POEM Procedure

Thoracic surgeons at University of Iowa Heart and Vascular Center report achieving excellent outcomes for achalasia patients who have received an innovative therapy, the per-oral endoscopic myotomy, o...

UI using video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) for thymectomies

A rise in the use of thymectomies for management of auto immune related thymic cancers has spurred an increase in the use of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) at University of Iowa Hospitals...

UI implants first minimally-invasive LVAD in Iowa

Jay K. Bhama, MD, UI cardiac surgeon and surgical director of the UI Mechanical Circulatory Support Program, has successfully implanted several minimally invasive left ventricular assist devices, (LVA...

University of Iowa expands minimally invasive options

In response to the increasing demand for less invasive surgical options, UI cardiac surgeons are expanding their minimal access treatment arsenal. In addition to performing robotic-assisted coronary a...

Parekh discusses starting a lung transplant program in CHEST

Kalpaj Parekh, MBBS, associate professor of cardiothoracic surgery has recently been published in CHEST, the official publication of the American College of Chest Physicians.

Gruber elected to American Surgical Association

Peter J. Gruber, MD, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, was recently elected a member of the American Surgical Association, (ASA) the nation's oldest and most presti...

Keech elected to Society of Thoracic Surgeons

John Keech, MD, clinical assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery has recently been elected into the prestigious Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

Heart and Vascular Center Welcomes CV Surgeon

Responding to the increasing regional call for state-of-the-art cardiovascular surgical repairs, the UI Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery has recently recruited Jay K. Bhama, MD, FACS, and FCCP, to...

Transplant research group awarded Scientist Scholarship Grant

Anthony Swatek, MD, a second year surgery resident has recently been awarded an American Society of Transplant Surgeons Scientist Scholarship Grant. The award supports full-time basic and translationa...

Turek selected as research scholar

Joseph W. Turek, MD, PhD has been selected by the American Association of Thoracic Surgery as one of two recipients of the John H. Gibbon, Jr. Research Scholarship.

Hybrid Arch Debranching and Endograft Repair in a Patient with a Ruptured Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm

Recent advances in hybrid techniques of aortic arch debranching allow for the repair of thoracic aortic arch aneurysm without requiring cardiopulmonary bypass or hypothermic circulatory arrest. We des...

Des Moines Register: Jeweler helps U of I surgeons by making 3-D human organs

When it comes to performing surgery on a child’s heart, University of Iowa surgeon Joseph Turek said planning the steps ahead of time is key.

Parekh awarded K08 research grant

Kalpaj R. Parekh, MD, has been awarded a K08 research grant from the NIH for “Epithelial Stem Cells in Lung Transplantation,” 7/1/2012 to 6/30/2016.

Stamou co-edits new book

Sotiris C. Stamou, MD, PhD, assistant professor, is a co-editor alongside Kevin W Lobdell, of a newly published book, “Quality Improvement: Methods, Principles and Role in Healthcare (Health Care Issu...

ECMO Program under new leadership

Joseph Turek, MD, PhD is the new Medical Director of the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) program. ECMO is prolonged partial heart-lung bypass for selected critically ill patients with sever...