Adult Cardiac Surgery

The UNC Cardiac Surgery program offers a full range of surgical treatment of heart disease. We specialize in treating adult patients with complex medical issues such as heart failure, valvular disorders, diabetes, end-stage renal disease requiring hemodialysis, and blood clotting disorders. We truly believe that our patients come first, and we develop an individual plan of care for each patient. Our multidisciplinary team includes two heart surgeons, an adult nurse practitioner, a pharmacist, a case manager, and specially trained nurses.

A separate team treats children who need heart surgery or adults who need surgery for congenital heart problems. For information on UNC's Pediatric Cardiac Surgery program, click here. For information on UNC's Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery program, click here.

Cardiac surgeons work closely with physicians from the Division of Cardiology and Division of Vascular Surgery to provide the best care for patients.

UNC Hospitals has an intensive care unit and a step-down unit that are dedicated to the care of patients after cardiothoracic surgery. The Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit recently received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence. It is the only intensive care unit in the state of North Carolina to receive this prestigious award.


Appointments
Clinics

Heart Surgeons

Thomas G. Caranasos, MD

Benjamin E. Haithcock, MD

John S. Ikonomidis, MD, PhD

Paul B. Tessmann, MD, PharmD

Physician Assistants

Ruben Bocanegra

Kevan Haas

Tatjana Misunina

Andrew Shirlen

Nurses

Susan Marti, Nurse Coordinator

Megan Randall, Nurse Practitioner

Megan Turner, Nurse Practitioner

Tracy Vernon-Platt, Nurse Practitioner


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Appointments

For an appointment with UNC Adult Cardiac Surgery physicians, call  (984) 974-2872.

We prefer that any test results be faxed or CDs with images be mailed to us prior to the first appointment so that we can review all information before seeing the patient. If you have questions about what is needed, call Susan Marti, RN, at (919) 966-3381.

  • Fax test results to Susan Marti at 919-966-3475.
  • Mail CDs of images to:

Susan Marti, RN
UNC Division of Cardiothorac Surgery
3040 Burnett-Womack Building, CB #7065
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7065

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Clinics

New patients are seen on Tuesdays and Wednesdays; appointment dates and times are negotiated with each patient. The patient will be told where to come to the appointment. The cardiac surgery clinic is located within the Transplant clinic, located on the 4th floor of the Main Hospital (N.C. Memorial Hospital).

Patients who have had surgery are seen for follow-up appointments on Wednesday afternoons at the Transplant clinic, on the 4th floor of the Main Hospital (N.C. Memorial Hospital).

Patients who have received a Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) are seen on Tuesday mornings in the Transplant clinic, on the 4th floor of the Main Hospital.

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