UC Irvine Health cardiothoracic surgeons provide the full range of consultative and therapeutic services for conditions affecting organs of the chest (thorax), including the heart, lungs, and esophagus and trachea.
Many of the highest-level resources and treatments for cardiothoracic surgery in Orange County are available only at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange.
Our surgeons have special expertise in:
- Complex cardiac emergencies
- Valvular disease
- Cardiac disease, especially in high-risk patients with co-existing medical conditions
- Aortic aneurysms
- Heart failure
- Robot-assisted and minimally invasive lung surgery
- Tracheal surgery
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The UC Irvine Health cardiothoracic surgery team specialize in caring for high-risk patients with complex conditions and extensive heart disease.
We consistently achieve among the best outcome rates in California. We attribute this not only to our expertise in surgical techniques—including minimally invasive and robot-assisted procedures—but also to the strength and organization of our entire team.
We work collaboratively with cardiologists, vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists and other healthcare professionals to ensure that patients with heart or lung disease receive the best, most compassionate care.
At UC Irvine Medical Center, our cardiothoracic surgeons have access to the latest imaging technologies and among the most advanced cardiac operating suites in Orange County and the region. These allow our patients to undergo diagnostic and surgical procedures that are not only more efficient, but also less traumatizing to organs and tissues.
The expertise of our surgeons, combined with our leading-edge technologies, translates into shorter hospital stays and better results for our patients.
For all of these reasons, we are a referral destination for patients needing complex valvular, coronary and aortic arch surgeries. This is also true for patients with valvular bacterial endocarditis, where our experience greatly exceeds that of other centers in the area.
UC Irvine Health cardiothoracic surgeons provide a full range of consultative and therapeutic services for conditions affecting organs of the chest (thorax), including the heart, lungs and esophagus.
Our cardiothoracic surgical team is led by Dr. Jeffrey C. Milliken, director of UC Irvine Health Cardiothoracic Surgery Services.