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Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation Atrial Fibrillation, Surgical Ablation, Maze Procedure



Dr. Patrick McCarthy - Surgical Ablation Surgeon

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…


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Dr. Marc Gerdisch - Advisory Board Member

Dr. Marc Gerdisch, MD, FACS, FACC, is the chief of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at Franciscan Health and co-director of the Franciscan Health Heart Valve Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Doctor Gerdisch is also 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 surgical procedures. Doctor Gerdisch presents internationally on novel surgical techniques for cardiac care. For the past 10 years, Dr. Gerdisch has trained surgeons on the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation using the Maze procedure…


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Dr. Matt Romano Atrial Fibrillation Blog Post on Surgical Ablation Survivability

Dr. Matthew A. Romano, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Cardiac Surgery and the Assistant Director of the multidisciplinary Mitral Valve Clinic of the Frankel Cardiovascular Center at Michigan Medicine. His clinical interests and expertise include mitral and tricuspid valve repair, minimally invasive valve surgery, percutaneous and catheter based mitral and tricuspid valve repair and replacement, and treatment of atrial fibrillation.

The key highlights from Dr. Romano’s video include…


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Dr. Vaughn Starnes Atrial Fibrillation Blog Post on Concomitant Maze Procedure

Dr. Vaughn Starnes, MD, is chair of the Department of Surgery, Surgeon-in-Chief at Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California and the 100th president of the AATS. Dr. Starnes has over twenty-five years experience performing successful cardiac operations on both children and adults utilizing minimally-invasive mitral valve surgery, aortic valve surgery and concomitant AFib surgery.

Watch this video to learn why Dr. Starnes states that a Maze procedure is his standard of care for his patients who…


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Dr. Vinay Badhwar, MD, FACS, FACC, is the Executive Chair at the WVU Heart & Vascular Institute.  In addition to his robotic mitral valve repair specialty, Dr. Badhwar is widely known for his research and clinical experience with atrial fibrillation.  In fact, Dr. Badhwar was the lead author on the 2017 Society of Thoracic Surgeons Guidelines which recommends surgical ablation during concomitant procedures.

Learn more about why Dr. Badhwar uses the Cox-Maze IV procedure for patients who present with heart failure symptoms associated with atrial fibrillation…


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