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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. 

From prevention to diagnosis to treatment, heart and vascular experts at Rush provide comprehensive care for patients with heart disease or suspected heart disease.



​Chief of Adult Cardiac Surgery

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 adult cardiac surgery including complex mitral vavle repair, high risk coronary revascularization and heart failure/mechanical circulatory support.  He has specialized training in aortic surgery and works collaboratively with multiple disciplines to provide advanced aortic care.




​​Dr. Goldin earned his medical degree from The University of Illinois College of Medicine before completing his general surgery residency and cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, now known as Rush University Medical Center.  Dr. Goldin has more than 50 years of experience caring for complex cardiac and vascular surgery patients.

​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

Amy B. Reed, MD earned her medical degree at the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison.  She 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).

Dr. 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.


Cardiac & Vascular Services

  • Aortic aneurysm surgery
  • Aortic root surgery, including valve-sparing procedures
  • Complex redo cardiac surgery
  • Complex valve repair (aortic, mitral, tricuspid)
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Minimally invasive bypass surgery and hybrid revascularization
  • Minimally invasive valve repair and replacement (aortic, mitral, pulmonary, tricuspid)
  • Surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation and mitral and tricuspid valve repair
  • Surgical implantation of pacemakers and defibrillators  
  • Ventricular assist device implantation
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Claudication
  • Deep vein (or venous) thrombosis or DVT
  • Mesenteric artery ischemia
  • Peripheral vascular disease (PVD), also known as peripheral artery disease (PAD)
  • Thoracic aortic aneurysms
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Varicose veins
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Venous ulcers
  • Computed tomography angiography
  • Extremity and aortic angiography
  • Duplex ultrasound (arterial, carotid and venous)
  • Noninvasive blood flow study
Need more information on vascular conditions, tests or treatments? Visit the Society for Vascular Surgery's Patient Resources.
In addition to heart disease prevention and general cardiac care, the Heart and Vascular Program at Rush offers the following special programs:

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Rush University Medical Center
1725 W. Harrison St.
Professional Building III
Suite 1156
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 563-2762
Fax: (312) 563-4388
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2040 Ogden Ave.
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Aurora, IL 60504
Phone: 630-898-3727
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520 S. Maple Ave.
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