The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery is dedicated to providing innovative and progressive medical care to patients requiring surgery for cardiovascular conditions, and non-cardiac surgical treatment of diseases of the chest while simultaneously contributing to scientific advances through innovative clinical and laboratory trials.

Recent and current studies have explored:

  • 5 million dollar CIRM grant for work in Cardiac Regeneration
  • robotics research in collaboration with robotic surgery engineers at UC Berkeley regarding Super-Enhanced Robotic Surgery
  • $10,000 UC Davis Med-Surg Collaborative Research Planning Grant to determine metabolic manifestations of NSCLC that are impacted by COPD
  • collaborative investigative program regarding the mechanisms of pulmonary hypertension in a fetal lamb model

Our research capabilities include:

  • Investigators with broad expertise in basic science, translational research and clinical trials
  • Certified and experienced research support staff
  • State-of-the-art clinical facilities, imaging systems and interventional capabilities
  • UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center

A key emphasis of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery is collaboration with UC Davis specialists in fields such as cardiothoracic surgery, surgical oncology, GI and bariatric surgery, along with integrating established and emerging diagnostic and therapeutic methods into research. This approach assures integrated, seamless treatment options, while reducing risks to patients.

Information about current research studies is available by contacting Claus Sondergaard, Visiting Assistant Professor, at 916-703-0424.

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