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The UNC Cardiac Surgery program offers a full range of surgical treatment of heart disease. We specialize in treating patients with complex medical issues such as heart failure, valvular disorders, diabetes, end-stage renal disease requiring hemodialysis, and blood clotting disorders.

We have an active ventricular assist device (VAD) program (both as destination therapy and as bridge to heart transplant) and hybrid catheter and surgical ablation to treat atrial fibrillation. We also have a trans aortic valve replacement (TAVR) program, part of UNC’s Structural Heart Disease Program.

We believe that our patients come first, and we develop an individual plan of care for each patient. Our multidisciplinary team includes three heart surgeons, two adult nurse practitioners, a nurse coordinator, a pharmacist, a case manager, and specially trained nurses.

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.


Information about Dr. Caranasos, Dr. Haithcock, Dr. Ikonomidis

To Refer a Patient to Us

To refer a new patient for an appointment, call (984) 974-2872.

We prefer that any test results be faxed and 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, please call (919) 966-3381 and ask for Susan Marti, RN, nurse coordinator.

Fax test results to at 919-966-3475.

Mail CDs of images to:
Julia Coleman, RN
UNC Division of Cardiothorac Surgery
3040 Burnett-Womack Building, CB #7065
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7065


New patients are usually seen by our doctors on Tuesdays at UNC Hospitals but appointment dates and times are negotiated with each patient. The patient will be told where to come to the appointment.

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

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