Robert Gallagher, MD,  (left) and David Underhill, MD, with the
Da Vinci Surgical System robot
The Henry Low Heart Center's Division of Cardiovascular Surgery stands at the forefront as a leading provider of comprehensive services in Cardiothoracic and Vascular surgery
Preventive and pharmaceutical therapies are not enough for some people with serious heart conditions. Hartford Hospital's cardiovascular surgeons were the first in Connecticut to  integrate the latest advancements in robotics and computer technology during surgical procedures. The Department of Cardiovascular Surgery is comprised of a team of experienced and dedicated surgeons who are committed to providing exemplary care to their patients by offering a full range of sophisticated cardiac surgical services.

Our providers have expertise in the following areas:
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery, including: beating heart bypass (off pump), robotic assisted, minimally invasive approaches
  • Heart Valve Surgery, including: mitral valve replacement, aortic valve replacement, minimally invasive approaches
  • Surgery for Advanced Heart Failure, including: heart transplantation, ventricular assist devices/mechanical circulatory support, high risk coronary artery bypass, valve repair or replacement, and left ventricular reconstruction
  • Complex Aortic Surgery, including: aortic root, ascending aorta, aortic arch and dorsal aortic replacement, endovascular (stent graft), thoracic and abdominal aortic repair
  • Cardiac Arrhythmia Surgery, including: pacemakers and defibrillators, maze procedure for atrial fibrillation
  • General Thoracic surgery, including: minimally invasive lung surgery (VATS, Robotic), Esophageal surgery
  • Peripheral Vascular Surgery, including: Endovascular (stent graft) abdominal aneurysm repair, peripheral artery bypass, carotid artery surgery
  • Bloodless Medicine and Surgery