University of Cincinnati, Department of Surgery


Division of Cardiac Surgery

The Division of Cardiac Surgery leads the region in the discovery and advancement of innovative treatment for patients with cardiac disease. Programs in robotic-assisted and minimally invasive surgical techniques, as well as the development of new advances such as the growth of new blood vessels, have made the University of Cincinnati (UC) a state-of-the-art referral center for both standard and complex cases.

The Division performs a wide variety of operative procedures in patients with cardiac and vascular diseases, including off-pump coronary revascularization, left ventricular assist device (LVAD) insertion, as well as all-arterial myocardial revascularization and mitral valve repair. The Division is alone in the Tristate in offering long-term LVAD support for heart failure, and it serves as a hub center for referral of patients requiring specialized cardiac care. An additional focus is the treatment of adults with congenital heart disease.

Dr. Arie Blitz joined the Division in August 2013 and has expertise in the surgical treatment of heart failure. He will lead the UC Health comprehensive mechanical circulatory support program consisting of both short-term devices and ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) for acute cardiorespiratory failure. Patients benefit from a true multidisciplinary approach to heart failure, combining surgical and medical expertise as well as the advanced technology and support services offered at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, leading to more treatment options.

As a resource for both patients and healthcare providers, Dr. Blitz has established a YouTube website with educational videos of cardiac operations he performs. The operative videos are narrated and describe the technical details of each operation.

UC Health Cardiovascular Institute hosts a number of free educational lecture series for the lay public and for local physicians and nurse practitioners, with a focus on highlighting heart and vascular health and describing new technology and therapies to treat various heart and vascular conditions.

The Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has a high profile as a leader in the management of cardiac problems in children.

The Division of Cardiac Surgery and the Division of Thoracic Surgery together offer ACGME-accredited advanced training in cardiothoracic surgery.