The University of Arizona
Department of Surgery

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Division Chief

Scott D. Lick, MD
Professor of Surgery;
Interim Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery;
Director, Heart and Lung Transplant

Cardiothoracic Surgery

The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Arizona is dedicated to excellence in patient care, clinical and basic research on diseases affecting our patients and education of the next generation of cardiothoracic surgeons. Since our division was established in 1977, it has developed into an internationally recognized program, providing state-of-the-art care in heart and lung transplants and in cardiac assist devices.

Our goal is to provide patients with the best possible surgical option for them, choosing from among the widest variety of treatments that we have specific expertise in:

  • Adult cardiac surgery, including surgery for adult congenital heart disease and redo heart surgery
  • Major resections for cancer of the lungs and esophagus
  • Complex aortic surgery, including aortic dissection and the Ross procedure
  • Valvular heart surgery, including minimally invasive mitral valve repair and replacement
  • Endovascular repair of thoracic aortic aneurysms
  • Minimally invasive thoracic surgery, including video-assisted thoracoscopic (VATS) lobectomy for lung cancer and for resection of mesothelioma (extrapleural pneumonectomy)
  • Surgical treatment of end-stage heart failure, including heart, lung, and heart-lung transplants and ventricular-assist devices

What Sets Us Apart

Our surgeons work collaboratively with other experts at the University of Arizona (in such specialties as Cardiology, Pulmonary Medicine, Vascular Surgery, and Oncology) to offer the latest in multidisciplinary care. Our physician-scientists are leaders in the study of basic molecular and physiologic principles underlying cardiac and thoracic diseases. We have uncovered novel links between the immune system and hypertension and between the immune system and congestive heart failure; have developed basic mathematical models of the heart; and have elucidated important facts about diabetes and heart surgery.

Our entire team is on the forefront in incorporating these new trends in patient care:

  • Less invasive surgery –When possible, operations involving large incisions are being converted to less invasive procedures. Several cardiac surgical procedures can now be done via small incisions, avoiding the traditional sternum-splitting incision. And patients have enthusiastically endorsed percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). As the long-term results of less invasive surgery improve and become available online, we believe that public confidence will continue to grow.
  • Shared decision making – Because we offer the most advanced procedures available, we can help patients make a truly informed decision preoperatively. Given the explosive growth of health information in the mass media, we can help patients sift through all of the claims and figure out what they need and prefer.

Make an Appointment

For the best cardiothoracic surgical care in Tucson, Southern Arizona or the Southwest, make an appointment by calling (520) 694-5200 (Tucson).

University of Arizona Department of Surgery
Cardiothoracic Surgery
1501 N. Campbell Avenue
PO Box 245071
Tucson, AZ 85724-5071

Office Phone: (520) 626-7951
Clinic Phone: (520) 694-5200
Clinic Fax:      (520) 626-4042


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