Medical Center Education Center


Cardiothoracic Surgery


CTS Group

The Cardiothoracic Surgery Program at the Saint Louis University Medical Center has a long and rich history. It was the first program to perform open heart surgery in Missouri, and it continues to be a leader in cardiothoracic care. The Division is recognized nationwide as a leader in heart transplantation, ventricular assist devices, and other areas of adult cardiac surgical care. In thoracic surgery, the faculty are renowned for their experience in video thoracoscopy, emphysema surgery, and surgical expertise in benign and malignant diseases of the esophagus. The Cardiothoracic Surgery Training Program is an accredited residency which accepts one applicant annually for a two-year period of training which results in board eligibility. The division is recognized nationwide as a leader in heart transplantation, ventricular assist devices, and other areas of adult cardiac surgical care.


Cardiac Transplantation

Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center has a strong program in thoracic transplantation. The first successful lung transplant and heart transplant in the St. Louis area were performed at our institution. There are currently ongoing, heart, lung, and heart/lung transplantation programs, as well as complementary programs in ventricular assist devices and lung volume reduction surgery, both nationally renowned. There is a one-year, nonaccredited fellowship available in heart transplantation and ventricular assist devices. This position is open to board eligible or board certified thoracic surgeons who have completed an accredited cardiothoracic residency program and wish further training in this highly specialized field.


Faculty
Hendrick B. Barner, M.D.

Andrew C. Fiore, M.D.
Charles B. Huddleston, M.D.
Keith S. Naunheim, M.D.
William F. Sasser, M.D.

Arthur E. Baue, M.D. - Professor Emeritus (deceased)
George C. Kaiser, M.D. - Professor Emeritus
Vallee Willman, M.D. - Professor Emeritus (deceased)

Hospitals
St. Mary's Health Center

John Cochran VA Medical Center
Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital
Saint Louis University Hospital