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Cardiac Surgery

Your heart beats nearly 100,000 times a day, pumps 1.5 gallons of blood per minute and there are nearly 60,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body. The heart is one of the most important organs in our bodies. Cardiothoracic surgeons specialize in operations on organs located in the chest. This includes diagnosis, treatment and surgery of the heart and lungs. Our team of cardiothoracic providers is one of the best and most comprehensive in the Northwest.


Our cardiothoracic surgery services

  • Aortic dissections and aneurysm repair (thoracic)
  • Bloodless cardiac surgery
  • Cardiac trauma
  • Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG)
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Endoscopic saphenous vein harvest
  • Laser transmural revascularization
  • Repair of congenital heart defects in adults
  • Resection of cardiac tumors
  • Surgical MAZE procedure for treating atrial fibrillation
  • Valve replacement and repair (robotic, minimally invasive and open)

To help you with understanding the process and options prior to heart surgery we recommend this patient-friendly guide from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, The Patient Guide to Heart, Lung, and Esophageal Surgery.

Our location

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center
Medical Office Building 2
501 N. Graham St., Suite 220
Portland, OR 97227
Phone:  503-413-6200
Fax: 503-413-6422

Our surgical team

Kai Engstad, M.D.
Alan Martin, M.D. 
Pasala S. Ravichandran, M.D.
Andrew Tsen, M.D., medical director

Lauren Ciolli, PA-C
Robert Courtox, PA
Scott Frazee, PA-C
Mark Haffner, PA-C
Paula Kuiper, PA-C
Danielle Ward, PA-C

What distinguishes Legacy Heart Services?

Bloodless surgery

Established in 1991, Legacy’s Bloodless Surgery and Medicine Program is the first of its kind in the nation. It remains one of the most comprehensive and respected programs in the U.S. Our team has performed more than 200 bloodless cardiac surgery procedures. Learn more about bloodless surgery.

Robotically assisted cardiac surgery

A pioneer in robotics, Legacy performend one of Oregon’s first robotically assisted valve surgeries in 2009. Legacy remains a leader in minimally invasive cardiac surgery. In certain patients, Legacy provides robotically assisted CABG, ASD closure and MAZE procedures. Learn more about robotic heart surgery. Questions? Please email us at

Hybrid OR

Legacy Good Samaritan and Legacy Emanuel both have state-of-the-art hybrid operating rooms that allow cardiac surgeons and interventional cardiologists to perform both open and complex minimally invasive procedures in the same room. The advantage is that it reduces surgical time and allows patients to recover faster, with less risk of complications. Different cardiac procedures, previously performed in separate areas, are combined into a specialized ‘hybrid’ room for the best-possible patient care.

Pediatrics heart surgery

Providing care in a compassionate and comfortable environment, Randall Children’s Hospital never loses sight of the emotional needs of the young patients and families we are privileged to serve. Our pediatric cardiac surgeons have decades of experience and perform some of today’s most complicated open-heart procedures in children with expert care, including the three-stage surgery to treat hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Learn more about our Children’s Heart Program at Randall Children’s Hospital.