Cardiovascular Surgery

About Us

The mission of UF Health cardiovascular surgery is to provide the most advanced surgical options to heart and vascular patients. Our skilled team of surgeons, staff and world-class facilities provide excellent treatment to every patient who enters our doors.

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Why Choose UF Health?

UF Health cardiovascular surgery offers patients the most advanced, minimally invasive cardiac surgery options and technologies in a patient-centered environment. Cardiac care at UF Health includes the expertise of a multi-disciplinary team of cardiologists and cardiac and vascular surgeons who work side by side in the UF Health Heart & Vascular Hospital to care for patients with heart and vascular diseases. Our surgeons and cardiologists are leading experts in cardiovascular diseases and are at the forefront of the latest research, including multiple clinical trials for new devices and treatment options.

Accolades

Some of UF Health’s cardiovascular surgery accolades include:

  • Numerous “First in Florida” achievements, such as the first open heart surgery, first heart transplant, first artificial heart, first implanted ventricular assist device, first ablation for atrial fibrillation, one of Florida’s first TAVRs and Florida’s first combined heart and bone marrow stem cell transplant to regenerate heart muscle and function, among many others
  • The availability of clinical trials, offering the most advanced treatments and therapies for heart and vascular conditions, many of which are only available at UF Health
  • Opened the nation’s first computerized cardiac catheterization lab, equipped to treat both adults and children
  • Designation as a Blue Distinction Center of Excellence by Florida Blue
  • Recognized as a high performing hospital for cardiology and heart surgery by US News and World Report

Conditions & Treatments

Cardiovascular surgery focuses on surgeries of the heart and great vessels of the chest. UF Health cardiovascular surgeons offer a wide range of surgical procedures and specialize in the following conditions and treatments:

  • Aortic Aneurysm Repair – minimally invasive and open
  • Aortic Dissection Repair
  • Aortic Valve Repair/Replacement – minimally invasive and open
  • Coronary Aortic Bypass Graft (CABG)
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart Transplant
  • Hybrid approach to atrial fibrillation
  • Marfan’s Syndrome Valve Repair
  • MAZE/MiniMAZE
  • Mediastinal Tumor Robotic Resection
  • Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Repair/Replacement
  • MitraClip™
  • Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR)
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Tricuspid Valve Repair/Replacement
  • Ventricular Assist Device (VAD/LVAD) Implantation

Meet the Team

George J Arnaoutakis

Department:

MD-SURGERY-TCV-CARDIOVASC

George J Arnaoutakis MD

Associate Professor

Thomas M Beaver

Department:

MD-SURGERY-TCV-CARDIOVASC

Thomas M Beaver MD, MPH

Grant And Shirle Herron Chair, Professor And Chief, Cardiovascular Surgery

Mark S Bleiweis

Department:

MD-SURGERY-TCV-CARDIOVASC

Mark S Bleiweis MD

William G. Lassiter Jr. And Aneice R. Lassiter Professor And Director, UF Health Congenital Heart Center

Eric I Jeng

Department:

MD-SURGERY-TCV-CARDIOVASC

Eric I Jeng MD, MBA, FACS, FACC

Assistant Professor

Tomas D Martin

Department:

MD-SURGERY-TCV-CARDIOVASC

Tomas D Martin MD

Professor And Director, UF Health Aortic Disease Center

Olusola Oduntan

Department:

MD-SURGERY-THORACIC

Olusola Oduntan MD, FACS, FCCP

Associate Professor

Giles J Peek

Department:

MD-SURGERY-TCV-CARDIOVASC

Giles J Peek MD, FRCS, CTh, FFICM

Professor

John R Spratt

Department:

MD-SURGERY-TCV-CARDIOVASC

John R Spratt MD

CLIN AST PROF

Locations

UF Health Heart & Vascular Hospital

1505 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, FL 32608

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UF Health Surgical Specialists – Heart & Vascular Hospital

1505 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, FL 32608

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UF Health Surgical Specialists – Ocala Heath Brook

4730 SW 49th Road
Ocala, FL 34474
Phone: 352.265.0535

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