The Cardiovascular Surgery Program of Rhode Island and The Miriam
hospitals specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of both basic and
complex disorders of the heart.
Our multidisciplinary team consists of four board-certified cardiac
surgeons who work with our critical care nurses, physician assistants,
perfusionists, respiratory and physical therapists and anesthesiologists
to deliver outstanding care before, during, and after surgery.
Care is provided on an individual basis; we calculate how the surgery
will affect each aspect of a patient’s life to determine how best to
proceed. We have the expertise to offer a range of alternatives. Our
staff is also specially trained to support patients as they prepare for
and recover from open-heart surgery. We can offer reassurance and answer
any questions that patients and families have about their procedures. We
call this our “Quality of Life” approach.
Under the direction of a surgeon, advanced nurse practitioners
experienced in acute cardiothoracic surgery are chiefly responsible for
coordinating all services, from pre-surgical testing through
hospitalization and discharge. Available around the clock, seven days a
week, our nurse practitioners assist with patient and family
preparation, answer questions about prescriptions and provide family and
friends with updates from the operating room.
We routinely employ minimally invasive techniques and technology for
patients with a broad range of cardiac problems, such as valvular
disease or coronary artery disease. We are highly experienced with
techniques such as minimally invasive off-pump coronary artery bypass
and less invasive approaches to cardiac surgery. Keyhole surgery
techniques have also been effective in repairing heart valves and
congenital heart defects.
Widespread use of these techniques means that many of our patients leave
the hospital within four days of their operation and return to work
within two or three weeks.
We also offer an innovative array of more traditional invasive cardiac
surgeries for coronary artery disease, valvular disease, surgery on the
aorta, heart rhythm abnormalities, and heart failure. We perform all
types of complex cardiac surgeries each year with a high success rate,
directly attributable to our vast experience and caring team of varied