Cardiac Surgery

Heart surgery appointments: (206) 223-6198
After-hours concerns: (206) 223-6600

The Virginia Mason Seattle Heart Surgery program has almost four decades of history and expertise. We offer some of the most advanced and effective treatment options with the lowest risk of mortality.

Button: Learn how Team Medicine is used in Cardiac Surgery.Our goal is to deliver highly personalized care to every patient. Our team will evaluate your condition, discuss treatment options and support you in making the best decision for you and your family. We will be with you every step of the way with our approach, helping you select the treatment option that gives you the best quality-of-life with the lowest possible risk.

Unsurpassed Surgical Expertise

Photo: VM cardiac surgeons reviewing an X-ray.Virginia Mason's heart surgeons provide new, innovative treatments and technologies in heart surgery. These innovations include:

  • Minimally invasive valve surgery
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Atrial fibrillation surgery
  • Aortic surgery
  • Valve repair
  • Valve replacement
  • Endovascular treatment of thoracic aortic disease

Virginia Mason is the regional leader in coronary bypass and endoscopic vein harvesting. Virginia Mason's heart surgeons were also the first in the region to provide minimally invasive ablation therapy for atrial fibrillation, and are nationally recognized for providing cardiac resynchronization therapy to treat congestive heart failure.

Virginia Mason's surgeons have trained in a minimally invasive approach. Compared to open heart surgery, this new procedure does not require stopping the heart, and utilizes smaller incisions and endoscopes for better cosmetic outcomes and faster recovery.

Patient Forms and Education

Photo: Heart surgery patient with VM staff.

Forms for Your Appointment

For your convenience and to expedite your check-in, please print, complete and bring the following forms to your appointment:

Download and print information to help you plan for your surgery. For more information, please call the office at (206) 223-6198. For any concerns after hours, call the clinic operator at (206) 223-6600.

Patient Education

Patient Satisfaction - Comments About Our Surgeons and Staff

Button: Contact the Cardiac Surgery Team.

According to 2008 Press Ganey patient satisfaction surveys, Virginia Mason's heart surgery providers are rated in the top 90th to 99th percentile for overall patient satisfaction when benchmarked nationally. Read what our patients are saying about us:

"Dear Dr. Mark Hill and Dr. Gautam Velamoor ... I had triple bypass open heart surgery. I am also diabetic. I am happy the surgery went well. Throughout my stay I was treated very well by the nurses and staff. Thank you for all your help and for making my stay comfortable."

"Dear Dr. Velamoor and staff ... I don't think there is enough room on this small card for all the compliments I have for EVERY staff member I came in contact with. From the

moment I entered Buck Pavilion to the time I was taken out in a wheelchair, I was treated with kindness, courtesy and respect. I was very well taken care of. I didn't think surgery could be such a pleasant experience. Kudos to all Virginia Mason staff!"