Cardiothoracic Surgery

Cardiothoracic Surgery Expert Witness

A Cardiothoracic Surgery expert witness is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon who testifies about the surgical treatment of heart disease and lung disease. Cardiothoracic Surgery is a specialty focusing on the surgical treatment of cardiac and thoracic disease. It is a demanding career that necessitates a six-year residency program, often drawing upon the top physicians in the country. Once complete, a Cardiothoracic Surgeon is eligible to earn board certification through the American Board of Thoracic Surgery with a certificate in Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery.  Cardiac diseases include blockage of the coronary arteries (commonly treated with coronary artery bypass grafting, or CABG), as well as diseases of the heart valves. Countless other cardiac conditions also fall within the realm of Cardiac Surgery, including repair of congenital cardiac defects (e.g. ASD, VSD, and coarctation), heart transplantation, and treatment of cardiac tumors. Thoracic Surgery most commonly involves partial or complete lung removal in addition to the treatment of tumors and infections in the chest. Most Cardiothoracic Surgeons also operate on the thoracic aorta to treat thoracic aortic aneurysm and thoracic aortic dissection.  Analyzing any and all of these areas is the purview of the Cardiothoracic Surgery expert witness.

Negligence claims against Cardiothoracic Surgeons are infrequent but typically stem from complications of surgery (e.g. bleeding or infection), improper indications for surgery, or delay in surgery itself. Since cardiac disease is sometimes mistreated by primary care providers, a Cardiothoracic Surgery expert witness may be called as a causation experts to discuss the natural course of cardiothoracic disease when treated in a timely manner.

Cardiothoracic Surgery Case Matter

From the treatment of coronary artery disease to complex heart or lung transplants, Elite Medical Experts reviews all aspects of Cardiothoracic Surgery-related litigation and consultation. This includes:

  • Coronary artery bypass grafting (“CABG”)
  • Congenital malformations
  • Pediatric cardiac surgery (PDA, VSD, ASD, Transposition of the Great Vessels, Tetralogy of Fallot)
  • Heart valve surgery including balloon valvuloplasty
  • Left ventricular assist device (LVAD)
  • Artificial heart implantation
  • Cardiac transplant surgery
  • Lung transplant surgery
  • Combination heart and lung transplant
  • Pneumonectomy and pulmonary lobectomy
  • Esophageal surgery (esophageal cancer, diverticula, achalasia, GERD)
  • Mediastinal surgery
  • Thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection repair
  • Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (“VATS”, or minimally invasive cardiac surgery)

Given the complexity of Cardiothoracic Surgery, an experienced Board-Certified Cardiothoracic Surgery expert witness from a top university medical center is an invaluable resource for challenging assignments. To secure a hand-selected Cardiothoracic Surgery expert witness who is ready to work with you, please contact Elite Medical Experts and speak with a physician or nurse on Elite’s experienced Case Strategy Team today.

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Dr. Burton Bentley II, the CEO of Elite Medical Experts, is a nationally renowned authority on medical liability, informed consent, and complex issues at the intersections of medicine, law, and business. As a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician and entrepreneur, Dr. Bentley founded Elite Medical Experts in 2010 while overseeing nearly a decade of year-over-year growth. Dr. Bentley also developed and patented a commercial medical device and co-founded Consent Spectrum, a state-of-the-art digital platform for informed consent in aesthetic medical procedures.  Outside of Elite, Dr. Bentley can be found spending time with his family and riding horses in Tucson’s riverbeds and deserts.

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