Dr. Robert Binford

Thoracic Surgery
Bellevue, WA
37 years experience male

Locations

Overlake Cardiothoracic Surgery

Bellevue, WA

Address

1135 116th Ave NE, Suite 605, Bellevue, WA
Directions

My office hours

Saturday: Closed
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About

Bio

I have a BS and MS in aerospace engineering which gives me a unique perspective to medicine. I attended medical school at Southwestern School of Medicine in Dallas, TX. My general surgery residency was at Indiana University in Indianapolis. I completed my training at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. I practiced for about 9 years in Nashville, TN before moving to the Seattle area. My clinical interests are in adult heart disease and primarily valvular heart disease. I am aggressive in trying to repair valves especially the mitral valve. I have also had a lot of experience in atrial fibrillation surgery and use the Maze procedure in both a minimally invasive approach as well as the classic full Maze procedure. It is important to use the right method for the right patient. Probably because of my engineering background I have an added interest in new technologies and procedures. I helped start the first successful robotic heart surgery program in TN and participated in the training of robotic heart surgeon from all over the world. My preferred method to valve surgery is a minimally invasive approach. I tell my patients that my first goal is to do a good job and take care of their problem. My second goal is to do it as "sexy" as I can, but I will give up sexy in a second to make sure I do a good job. Finally, I believe what makes a good surgeon is not only knowledge and technical skill but also the ability to listen and communicate to the patient. Heart surgery is stressful enough, there is no need to add to it because the surgeon and patient are not on the same page.

Specialties
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Thoracic Surgery, Board Certified

Doctor Q&A

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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
37 years experience Thoracic Surgery
A lot: Another term for this is echocardiogram or echo for short. We can evaluate the heart function (how does it squeeze and how does it relax). We can se ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
37 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Depends: It reallyd depends on the amount of leak thru the valve. An ultrasound called an echocardiogram is one way of evaluation a leaky valve. Other terms ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
37 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Probably normal: The heart lies with in the pericaridal sac. This is bag formed by a fairly strong membranous tissue. There is always a small amount of fluid in the ... Read More
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Great and caring doctor. Up to date with skills.
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Binford is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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I just t sent you the CD file. I look forward to your valuable opinion. Please let me know if any other info is needed as I have done other tests that I can send to you copies.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you foyor assistance. I do not have a heart murmur, thankfully, but I will discuss this with a specialist immediately.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Hope it's not any tumor or cancer. But if its muscle issue,It would take more than a month to heal?

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
Graduated 1992MD

Medical/Graduate school

Texas A&M University
Graduated 1986MD

Medical/Graduate school

Texas A&M University
Graduated 1983MD

Residency

Medical University of South Carolina

Residency

Indiana University Hospital

Residency

Indiana University Hospital

Affiliations

Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Southern Thoracic Surgical Association
International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery
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