Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla
9888 Genesee Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037 US
    Visiting Hours
    • 8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    • Visiting hours may be adjusted based on the patient's needs or wishes.
    Emergency Services
    • The emergency and trauma center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Scripps Health has long been recognized as a leader in cardiovascular care, distinguished by our renowned specialists, advanced technology and landmark research. Among these specialists are the dedicated and highly experienced surgeons of Scripps Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Group. These physicians perform some of the most innovative cardiovascular and thoracic surgery options. One of these innovative treatment options is robotic cardiothoracic surgery, which is performed by Dr. James Hemp.

Our physicians have performed more cardiovascular and thoracic surgeries than any other surgical group in San Diego, making Scripps Health the premier choice for cardiovascular and lung care.

Cardiovascular and thoracic procedures performed by the group include:

Cardiac Surgery

Thoracic Surgery

  • Lung resection
    Surgery to repair or remove a portion of the lung
  • Lung biopsy
    The removal of a small portion of the lung to check for disease
  • Lung reduction
    Surgical removal of diseased lung tissue to allow healthy lung tissue to function better
  • Mediastinoscopy
    An instrument is inserted into the neck to help a surgeon better see the structure of the lungs
  • Lung pleurodesis
    A procedure to adhere the membranes around the lung together to prevent the buildup of fluid between tissue
  • Lung decortication
    A surgical peeling of the lining of the lung to improve lung expansion
  • Bleb resection/stapling
    The stapling of a bubble on the lung surface to prevent leakage and improve lung function
  • Pericardial window
    An opening made between the ribs to drain fluid that has accumulated around the heart
  • Trachea and esophagus surgery
    Surgery to correct conditions of the trachea and esophagus
  • Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)
    Surgery on the lungs performed with the aid of an endoscope