Cardiothoracic Surgery

The Iowa Clinic Cardiothoracic Surgery Department has a team of board certified physicians specializing in heart and lung surgery. Our surgeons work collaboratively with other experts at The Iowa Clinic (in such specialties as Cardiology, Pulmonary Medicine, Vascular Surgery) to offer the latest in multidisciplinary, coordinated care.

Locations & Directions

Main Locations

Methodist Medical Center – Plaza II

(515) 875-9090
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
1215 Pleasant Street, Suite 618
Des Moines, IA 50309

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Patient Information

We understand that surgery of any kind is scary and unsettling, which is why our physicians and staff will do their very best to make you feel as comfortable and confident as possible. If you have questions at any time, we encourage you to contact us. We are here to help.

 

Our team of Cardiothoracic surgeons is trained in a wide range of procedures and innovative technologies. We know each patient is unique, so our surgeons will conduct a thorough exam and talk with you about what type of surgical approach is best for your condition. Our surgeons operate at Iowa Methodist Medical Center and Iowa Lutheran Hospital in downtown Des Moines. They are supported by a full team of cardiologists and vascular surgeons from The Iowa Clinic.

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Services & Treatments

Conditions

Coronary Artery Disease
Aortic Valve Disease
Lung Cancer
Mitral Valve Disease
Aortic Aneurysm or Dissection

Treatments

Coronary Artery Bypass Graft
Aortic Valve Replacement
Thoractomy for Lobectomy
Wedge Resection
Pneumonectomy

Patient Stories

Three Tiny Babies, One Incredible Day

Just days old, the Steinberg triplets had back-to-back heart surgeries – all performed by Christopher Komanapalli, M.D., and Brian Rundall, D.O., Cardiothoracic Surgeons with The Iowa Clinic. Imagine repairing a blood vessel in a premature infant’s heart that is about the size of the letter “e” at the end of this sentence. Then imagine doing it three times in a single day – on triplets who arrived four months early. That’s exactly what Drs. Komanapalli and…
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The Sound of an Emergency

Doctors routinely use stethoscopes to listen for abnormalities in heart and lung function. Recently, the instrument helped Frank Haugland, M.D., save Ava Davidson’s life. “It was an amazing and unusual thing,” says Frank Haugland, M.D., Ph.D., a Cardiologist and Cardioelectrophysiologist with The Iowa Clinic. “In my career, I will likely never again hear what I heard that day.” The Sound It was early April 2014. Ava Davidson, then 56, had just arrived by ambulance at…
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Contact

Main Locations

Methodist Medical Center – Plaza II

(515) 875-9090
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
1215 Pleasant Street, Suite 618
Des Moines, IA 50309

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