Heart and vascular services at Rush University Medical Center comprise the full breadth of surgical and nonsurgical cardiovascular services, including prevention, treatment and research for heart-related conditions. Heart and vascular clinicians at Rush specialize in providing individualized treatment options for complex cases. The heart program at Rush is ranked No. 28 in U.S. News & World Report's 2013-2014 America's Best Hospitals issue.
Chief of Adult Cardiac Surgery
Co-Director, Cardiovascular Service Line
Dr. Rashid Ahmad attended medical school at Columbia University and completed his residency in general surgery at New York Hospital - Cornell Medical Center and cardiothoracic surgery at the Cleveland Clinic and Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Dr. Ahmad specializes in bloodless medicine, beating heart surgery, arrhythmia surgery, ascending aortic/arch aneurysm, heart failure, ventricular assist devices (VAD), and minimally invasive valve surgery.
Chief of Cardiac Surgery, Rush Copley Medical Center
Dr. Balaguer completed medical school and his surgery residency in Argentina before completing his cardiothoracic surgical training at Brigham and Woman's Hospital in Boston. He specializes in off-pump coronary bypass and minimally invasive surgeries.
Dr. Nick Dobrilovic completed his medical education at St. George's University School of Medicine followed by residency training in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Yale University School of Medcine.
Dr. Dobrilovic specializes in mechanical circulatory support including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).
Dr. Todd Guynn is a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, IL and is an assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Guynn attended medical school at Rush Medical College and completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He completed his training in cardiothoracic surgery at Rush University Medical Center.
Dr. Bob March is one of only approximately 120 surgeons in the United States board-certified in both cardiac and vascular surgery. He is the Surgical Director of Rush's Structural Heart Program and specializes in valve replacement and repair, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).
Dr. March completed his medical education at Rush Medical College in Chicago and his residency in general surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He returned to Rush University Medical Center to complete advanced residency training in cardiothoracic and vascular surgery. He is also board-certified in critical care medicine.
Dr. Walt McCarthy is a board-certified vasular surgeon and Professor of vascular surgery. He attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed his residency and fellowship training at Northwestern University. Dr. McCarthy is an excellent teacher and is known nationally for his work in vascular surgery. In addition to training future vascular surgeons at Rush, Dr. McCarthy maintains leadership roles for Rush's vascular ultrasound and physician assistant training programs.
Dr. Samantha Minc attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine and completed her residency in general surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital (St. Raphael Campus). She completed her fellowship in vascular surgery at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Dr. Minc specializes in endovascular and minimally-invasive surgery. She is actively involved in understanding and minimizing the impact of healthcare disparities on amputation rates.
Chief of Vascular Surgery
She earned her medical degree at
the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison and completed both her
General Surgery residency and Vascular Surgery fellowship at Brigham and
Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston along with a deep venous
elective at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Dr. Reed is involved in numerous
national and regional societies and is an appointed member of the Vascular
Surgery Board/American Board of Surgery. She has been a national leader in
vascular surgery training, having developed the Vascular Surgery In-Training
Examination (VSITE) along with the American Board of Surgery and the Vascular
Surgery Board. Dr. Reed is co-editor of the fourth edition of Vascular
Education Self-Assessment Program (VESAP4) and secretary of the Association of
Program Directors in Vascular Surgery (APDVS).
Reed specializes in minimally invasive forms of treatment of patients with
thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms, peripheral arterial revascularization,
and venous disease. Her research interests include peripheral arterial disease
in women, state-of-the-art endovascular treatments, radiation safety, and
surgical education. Dr. Reed is a Castle Connolly Top Doctor and was named to
the HCAHPS Dean’s List for Extraordinary Patient Satisfaction for 99th percentile
among providers nationwide in 2015.
Dr. Douglas Smego is a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon at Stroger Cook County Hospital and is an assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery at Rush University Medical Center.
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