Cardiac Surgery

When you choose North Shore Medical Center as your heart care provider, you’re also choosing Massachusetts General Hospital’s world-class surgical team to care for you. NSMC has maintained a collaboration in cardiac care with Massachusetts General Hospital for decades. Through this relationship, cardiac surgery is now performed at Mass General, while all other aspects of a patient’s heart care are provided here on the North Shore. Our teams work closely together to provide effective and seamless care.

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Corrigan Minehan Heart Center

Patients come from all over the world to Mass General’s Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, renowned for its vast expertise and groundbreaking research in cardiac surgery.


The Cardiac Surgery Service there includes seven surgeons with expertise in minimally invasive surgery, heart and lung transplantations, and mechanical circulatory support. They offer NSMC patients leading treatments for both common and complex cardiac conditions, including:

  • Adult congenital heart disease
  • Aortic aneurysms
  • Heart failure
  • Heart rhythm conditions
  • Heart valve conditions

Mass General’s cardiac surgery team performed more than 1,300 cases in 2015 and received the highest possible rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) in both aortic valve replacement (AVR) and AVR+ coronary artery bypass grafting surgery (CABG).


When NSMC patients need surgery at Mass General, our cardiologists remain in direct contact with each patient’s surgeon to develop a personalized treatment plan. Once surgery is completed and the patient has recovered, follow-up care is provided through North Shore Medical Center’s comprehensive Heart Center, where cardiologists and staff provide a broad range of expert cardiac services, and where patients can remain close to home and family.


24/7 Emergency Heart Care


North Shore Medical Center offers the most advanced treatment available for heart attack and other cardiac events. Our cardiac team has earned national honors for the treatment of heart attacks and is prepared to treat emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week.With state-of-the-art facilities, our expert team specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cardiovascular disease. Please contact us if we can help you manage your cardiac health.

If you think you or someone around you is having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 and go to North Shore Medical Center or the nearest cardiac hospital. Even if symptoms are mild, call 9-1-1 to be sure a more serious cardiac event is not underway.