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Cardiothoracic surgeons

The cardiothoracic surgeons at Community Heart and Vascular Hospital are highly trained in general, thoracic and cardiothoracic surgery as well as specialty areas, such as aortic disease, endoscopic cardiac surgery, robotic heart surgery and minimally-invasive atrial fibrillation procedures.

To be referred to a cardiothoracic surgeon, please call 800-777-7775.

What is cardiothoracic surgery?

Cardiothoracic surgery is a surgical specialty that involves treatment of cardiac conditions and diseases of the heart, heart valves and great vessels (aorta and vena cava), as well as any organs in the thorax (chest), such as the lungs and esophagus.

Common cardiothoracic procedures performed at CHVH include coronary artery bypass grafting, complex repair of valvular disease, valve replacement procedures, open and endoscopic repair of thoracic aneurysms, Mini-Maze for treatment of atrial fibrillation (arrhythmia), and diagnostic and therapeutic treatment of lung disorders.

Meet the cardiothoracic surgeons

Gregory K. Dedinsky, M.D., FACS, cardiothoracic surgeonView profile

Dr. Dedinsky received his medical degree from Creighton University, followed by a residency and fellowship at Indiana University.

He is board certified in thoracic, cardiovascular and general surgery; he has been re-certified three times in cardiovascular thoracic and cardiovascular surgery.

Michael G. Koelsch, M.D., cardiothoracic surgeonView profile

Dr. Koelsch received his medical degree from Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School. He did his general surgery residency and his fellowship in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at Loyola University- Foster McGraw Hospital, Maywood, Illinois.

He is board certified in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery

Dr. Koelsch performs the following procedures:

  • Cardiac and other vascular operations: Carotid endarterectomy, open heart coronary artery bypass graft, heart valve replacement, heart valve repair, maze procedure, thoracic aneurysm repair
  • Thoracic operations: Thoracotomy, thorascopy, lobectomy/pneumonectomy, lung biopsies, pleurodesis, bleb resection, mediastinoscopy, resection of mediastinal tumors

Robert E. Shoemaker, M.D., FACS, FACC, cardiothoracic surgeonView profile

Dr. Shoemaker currently serves as the chief of staff for Community Heart and Vascular Hospital and is former president of the Community Hospital East medical staff. He received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed an internship, his residency and fellowship at Indiana University.

Dr. Shoemaker has practiced cardiothoracic surgery at Community Health Network since 1981. He has successfully performed the Wolf Mini-Maze™ procedure since 2008.

Dr. Shoemaker is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and of the American College of Cardiology. Currently, he serves as a member on the Board of Directors for The Indiana University School of Medicine Dean’s Council. He has served on the Board of Managers for Community Heart and Vascular Hospital from 2003 to present. He is also a member of the Medical Practice Executive Committee for Community Heart and Vascular.

Dr. Shoemaker is board certified in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery.

John H. Storey, M.D., cardiothoracic surgeonView profile

Dr. Story received his medical degree from the University of New Mexico, followed by both an internship and residency at the University of Louisville. He further completed a fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Storey is board certified in thoracic cardiovascular surgery and general surgery.

Nurse practitioners

You may also receive care from nurse practitioners who have special training in assisting in cardiac, vascular and thoracic surgeries.

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