All faculty members in our division are fellowship-trained in cardiovascular and thoracic anesthesiology and provide anesthesia for scheduled and emergency cardiac, thoracic, vascular and catheterization laboratory procedures. We often manage critically-ill patients using state-of-the-art techniques including transesophageal and transthoracic echocardiography.
We support a variety of cardiac procedures including coronary artery bypass surgery, valve surgery, heart transplantation, ventricular assist device placement and ascending aortic aneurysm/dissection repair. Thoracic procedures include lung resection, esophageal surgery, mediastinal mass resection, lung transplantation and initiation of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support.
In the cardiac catheterization laboratory, we provide anesthesia for cardiac ablations and laser lead extractions, as well as MitraClip®, Watchman® and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures. Vascular procedures include bypasses, endarterectomies and the treatment of aneurysms and dissections. UW Health has gained notoriety for its expertise in treating thoracic aortic aneurysms and is also recognized for its high-volume heart and lung transplant programs.
Each year, our Division supports the training of two cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia fellows in our accredited fellowship program. Our fellows gain wide-ranging and in-depth experience in the provision of cardiac, thoracic and vascular anesthesia. In addition, fellows also spend time rotating in the cardiothoracic ICU, the echocardiography laboratory, the cardiac catheterization laboratory and with the pediatric cardiac anesthesia team. Upon completion of the program, fellows obtain National Board of Echocardiography board certification in Advanced Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography.
Focusing on transesophageal echocardiography education, Dr. John-Henry Harrison leads weekly echocardiography rounds for anesthesiology residents and fellows. In fall 2020, he will moderate a six-week residency course on patient safety and quality improvement, offered in conjunction with anesthesiology residencies across the country.
Martha Wynn, MD
Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Co-Division Chief: Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anesthesia, and Professor
Joshua Sebranek, MD
Vice Chair, Co-Division Chief: Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anesthesia, and Associate Professor