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Cardiac Surgery Program

Overview

Offering world-class cardiac care in a family-friendly environment

We offer world-class cardiac care in an environment where you can expect to be treated as a valued patient with personalized attention. Our cardiac surgeons, among the most experienced in New England, offer the latest therapies and surgical capabilities, with exceptional outcomes. We do more heart transplants than any other hospital in New England and we are a leader in the field of mechanical circulatory support and surgical treatment of complex cardiomyopathies (heart muscle disease). We pride ourselves not only in our outcomes, highly specialized services, and leading-edge research, but also in the warm, highly personalized care we provide to patients and their families.

What we offer

Our surgeons and specialists are some of the best in the field, regularly listed on US News and World Report and Boston magazine’s “top docs.”

You will find a full array of options at our center, from conventional open heart surgery to minimally invasive surgical approaches, to catheter-based procedures, to highly-specialized correction of complex valvular, structural, and heart muscle disease.

Our specialists are also at the forefront of research in the field, giving our patients access to some of the newest and best cardiac procedures and devices available.

Of note:

  • Our surgeons were one of the first to implant the new HeartWare® ventricular assist device, the latest FDA-approved device to support patients with end-stage heart failure, for which we were the only investigational site in New England.
  • We are also a national leader in treating Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM; a genetic form of heart muscle disease). We have the largest HCM program in the region and only one of 4, nation-wide, to receive the highest rating from the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association. Our surgeons perform more corrective operations for this condition (septal myectomies) than any other hospital in the region.
  • We are helping to pioneer less invasive ways of replacing and repairing damaged heart valves, through catheters, instead of open heart surgery.

What to expect

Your first step is making an appointment – either directly or through your primary physician or cardiologist. We pride ourselves in our approach of open and firm collaboration with physicians throughout the community. We are always open for new patients and can offer consultation appointments within a week.

Our team is multidisciplinary in the truest sense of the word, including surgeons, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, nurse specialists, and physician's assistants.  Our specialists will work closely with you and your family, developing a care plan for medical treatment or surgery and preparation for the recovery afterwards. Family members are both welcomed and encouraged to participate throughout the process, from the initial meeting on through the recovery period.

Doctors + Care Team

Frederick  Y. Chen, MD, PhD

Frederick Y. Chen, MD, PhD

Title(s): Chief, Cardiac Surgery; Visiting Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, CardioVascular Center, Cardiac Surgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5590
Fax #: 617-636-6410

Surgical treatment of acquired heart disease, surgical repair of valvular heart disease, minimally invasive surgery, arrhythmia surgery, heart transplantation, circulatory assist devices

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Dennis Mello, MD

Dennis Mello, MD

Title(s): Director, Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, CardioVascular Center, Cardiac Surgery, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5590
Fax #: 617-636-6410

Single ventricle surgery, low birth weight neonatal cardiac surgery, transposition surgery

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Hassan Rastegar, MD

Hassan Rastegar, MD

Title(s): Senior Cardiothoracic Surgeon; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, CardioVascular Center, Cardiac Surgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5590
Fax #: 617-636-6410

Surgical treatment of acquired heart disease, surgical repair of valvular heart disease, surgical repair of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, minimally invasive surgery, arrhythmia surgery, heart transplantation, circulatory assist devices

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Kenneth G. Warner, MD

Kenneth G. Warner, MD

Title(s): Senior Cardiothoracic Surgeon; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, CardioVascular Center, Cardiac Surgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5590
Fax #: 617-636-6410

Surgical management of adult and pediatric heart disease, heart transplantation

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Yong  Zhan, MD

Yong Zhan, MD

Title(s): Cardiothoracic Surgeon; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, CardioVascular Center, Cardiac Surgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5590
Fax #: 617-636-6410

Surgical treatment of acquired heart disease, surgical repair of valvular heart disease minimally invasive surgery, arrhythmia surgery, heart transplantation, circulatory assist devices

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