Vanderbilt Cardiac Surgery

Vanderbilt University Medical Center offers a complete range of Cardiac Surgery options, from conventional surgery to advanced hybrid techniques. Our surgery experts can treat your heart disease, no matter how complex.

Cardiac Surgery: Why Choose Vanderbilt

  • Recognized care: Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute is among the top 20 heart programs in the nation and the top-ranked program in Tennessee, according to U.S. News & World Report. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is ranked the No. 1 adult hospital in Tennessee.
  • Highly skilled surgeons: We perform some of the most complex surgeries, such as repair of congenital heart conditions and re-operative heart surgery. We are one of the largest heart transplant programs in the U.S. We lead the nation in performing such advanced procedures as pulmonary endarterectomy, hybrid approaches to aortic aneurysms, minimally invasive valve surgery and multi-organ transplant.
  • Depth of experience: Doctors all over the world refer their heart patients to Vanderbilt. Because we treat so many people with heart disease, we have the expertise to offer you the best possible care.
  • A team approach: Vanderbilt heart surgeons work with electrophysiologists, interventional cardiologists, vascular medicine specialists, vascular surgeons and other experts to provide the care that’s best for you and your life.
  • Innovation: As an industry leader, we develop and refine the latest cardiac care — for example, less invasive surgical procedures, and methods that combine open and catheter-based techniques. We also have been among the first to provide advanced support technologies, such as mobile extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).

Conditions We Treat

  • Aortic aneurysm
  • Arrhythmia
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart failure
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Valve regurgitation
  • Valve stenosis

Tests, Treatments and Services

  • Aortic aneurysm and dissection repair
  • Coronary artery bypass
  • Heart transplant
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)
  • Open-heart surgery
  • Pacemaker
  • Pulmonary endarterectomy
  • Surgical approaches to atrial and ventricular arrhythmias
  • Valve surgery
  • Ventricular assist devices (VADs)

Cardiac Surgery Care Team


Vanderbilt Heart
Medical Center East
1215 21st Ave. S, 5th Floor
Nashville, TN 37232
Maps and Directions

Heart and Vascular Patient Stories

Ken Dannemiller and his son, Scott, share a love of family and time spent together. They also share a condition that landed them in Vanderbilt operating rooms just weeks apart. This is a story of how one life-saving surgery led to another and why it’s important to know your family health history.

Supportive Care

For Referring Physicians

To refer a patient to the Vanderbilt Cardiac Surgery program, call (615) 343-9188.