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what is the difference between a cardiac surgeon and a cardiothoracic surgeon? or is it the same thing? thank you.

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Dr. Steven Neish
Pediatric Cardiology 38 years experience
Same thing: The american board of thoracic surgery certifies cardiothoracic surgery training. Cardiac surgery and cardiothoracic surgery are synonyms. Some thoracic surgeons do not operate on the heart.
Dr. Donald Thomas
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Similar: They are very simulate and frequently the same. This is really more of a name game. Thoracic surgery is surgery for every thing in the chest. Thoracic also frequently means only lung, esophageal or other non cardiac surgery. Cardiac surgery is heart surgery. A cardiothoracic surgeon typically does both cardiac and thoracic surgery. A cardiovascular surgeon does cardiac and vascular surgery.

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