Cardiothoracic Surgery

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Since the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Arizona 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.





The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson


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.

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

Adult cardiac surgery, including surgery for adult congenital heart disease and correcting past surgeries.

  • 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.
Toshinobu Kazui, MD, PhD

Division Chief
Toshinobu Kazui, MD, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor
Interim Division Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery

OR Surgeons

Section of Thoracic Surgery

The Section of Thoracic Surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery specializes in the surgical treatment of the chest area including the lungs, esophagus, trachea, diaphragm, chest wall, and mediastinum (the area between the lungs). Our providers utilize minimally invasive procedures and open surgery to help address aneurysms, coronary artery disease, heart and lung transplants, lung cancer, esophageal cancer, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), among other illnesses.

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Surgeon in OR

Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program

The ACGME-approved cardiothoracic surgery fellowship, called the Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program, is a traditional two-year program for graduates of a general surgery residency.


Learn more about the fellowship

Make an Appointment

For the best cardiothoracic surgical care in Tucson, Southern Arizona or the Southwest, make an appointment by calling

(520) 694-8888.

Contact Us

University of Arizona Department of Surgery

Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

1501 N. Campbell Avenue

PO Box 245071

Tucson, AZ 85724-5071

Office Phone: (520) 626-7951

Fax: (520) 626-4042