The skilled cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons at the CVI apply state of the art technology and services in the diagnosis and treatment of a full range of cardiac diseases as well as conditions affecting the heart, lungs and vasculature of our patients.
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Our number one goal is to provide exceptional, patient-centered care. Combined with a wide range of clinical research and teaching opportunities through our partnership with Virginia Tech’s School of Medicine, CVI’s Cardiothoracic Surgery section is the prime choice in a clinical partner for the region.

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Carilion Clinic has been providing advanced surgical care for cardiac and thoracic surgery patients in Southwest Virginia for more than 30 years. Carilion Clinic Cardiothoracic Surgery offers a full compliment of services in Adult Cardiac Surgery, Aortic and Endovascular surgery, and General Thoracic Surgery. Our faculty are part of Carilion’s multidisciplinary Structural Heart, Aortic Center, and Thoracic Oncology Programs. The Cardiothoracic faculty and staff provide services for patients at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital; however, we serve the entire south-western region of Virginia and beyond. Our reputation for excellence in the clinical setting, stellar outcomes, and dedication to providing great customer service, drives our patients’ decisions to receive surgical care here.

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Joseph Baker, M.D.  Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery

Joseph Baker, M.D.

Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery

Cardiovascular Institute at Carilion Clinic

Dept Spec Program Size
5 Cardiothoracic Surgeons
14 Advanced Care Practitioners
Service area of approximately 1 million people
Dept Spec Volume of Procedures
Cardiothoracic Surgery performs roughly 500-600 cases annually
Dept Spec Services
Aortic aneurysm repair
Aortic dissection treatment
Aortic root surgery, including valvesparing technique
Aortic valve replacement
Cardiac arrhythmia surgery
Complex coronary revascularization, including hybrid procedures
Minimally invasive atrial fibrillation surgery
Coronary artery bypass grafting (on-and-off-pump)
Implantation of ventricular assist devices
Minimally invasive valve surgery
Mitral valve repair and replacement
Pacemaker and defibrillator implantation
Thoracic aortic endografts
Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy for hyperhidrosis
Lung biopsy
Minimally invasive thoracic surgery
Surgical treatment of esophageal cancer
Surgical treatment of lung cancer
Surveillance and workup of solitary pulmonary nodules
Thymoma surgery
Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery
Wedge resection of lung
Pacemaker/Defibrillator Lead Extractions
Dept Spec Conditions Treated
Aortic stenosis
Mitral valve stenosis
Mitral valve regurgitation
Coronary artery disease
Tricuspid Valve regurgitation Re-operative Heart surgery
Heart rhythm disorders
Dept Spec Areas We Serve
Bluefield, WV
Dept Spec Awards
Recognized as High Performing for Lung Cancer Surgery at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital by US News and World Report.
Recognized as High Performing for Heart Bypass Surgery at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital by US News and World Report.
Department has achieved a distinguished three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its patient care and outcomes.
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Cardiothoracic surgery is the medical specialty that encompasses surgical procedures involving the organs inside the chest. Heart surgery, thoracic vascular surgery (which involves the vessels and arteries of the heart) and lung surgery are included in this specialty. Carilion Clinic has been providing advanced surgical care for cardiac and thoracic surgery patients in western Virginia for more than 30 years. Our surgeons have more experience than any others in our area, having performed more than 21,000 heart and lung procedures. We work hand-in-hand to deliver patient-centered, highly coordinated care.

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Baker and Staff
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Dr. Baker and staff prepare patient notes while wearing appropriate PPE during Coronavirus pandemic, Spring 2020.

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