Cardiac Surgery

Cardiac Surgery

As one of the largest, most technologically progressive facilities in Northwest Louisiana, Willis-Knighton Heart & Vascular Institute remains the leader for advanced heart care in our region. Our surgeons offer virtually every type of cardiothoracic surgery including valve replacement and repair, aortic aneurysm repair, coronary artery bypass, rhythm disorder surgery, and cardiac circulatory support. Surgery may be scheduled electively or our surgeons are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergent situations. Our competent and committed staff embraces the newest equipment, including a state-of-the- art hybrid surgical suite, and they offer a variety of advanced techniques such as minimally invasive surgery, off-pump bypass and endovascular or percutaneous to help minimize recovery time. Our many awards speak to the comprehensive, leading-edge heart diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation services provided at Willis-Knighton.

  • National Research Corporation Consumer Choice Award – 2002, 2003, 2004/2005, 2005/2006, 2006/2007, 2007/2008, 2008/2009 
  • Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: National Benchmarks for Success – 2005 
  • Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success – 2006, 2005 
  • U.S. News & World Report – Best Hospitals 2008, 2007, 2009 
  • Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) June 2007 – One of only 38 hospitals in the nation and the only one in Louisiana ranked above the national average, survival, heart failure; July 2008 –Ranked lowest mortality rate in nation, heart failure noted on ABC News 
  • Quality Respiratory Care Recognition by the American Association for Respiratory Care 
  • Nursing Professionals Top 100 Hospitals to Work For 2009 
  • Our Emergency Department is a accredited Chest Pain Center

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Cardiovascular Surgery Coordinator

Preparing for cardiovascular surgery can sometimes feel overwhelming not only for patients, but also their families. Your primary contact point at Willis Knighton is the Cardiovascular Surgery Coordinator (CV Surgery Coordinator). The CV Surgery Coordinator will facilitate your visit to the Willis Knighton Heart and Vascular Institute. You can contact the Cardiovascular Surgery Coordinator by calling (318) 212-8600 or e-mailing