Craig Saunders, MD
Chairman, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Our world-class cardiac team is led by Craig R. Saunders, M.D., a distinguished surgeon and former Head of Affiliate Programs for the Cleveland Clinic Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
Dr. Saunders has pioneered innovative surgical techniques and excels in personally delivering these advance treatments to his heart patients. As Chairman of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Dr. Saunders and a renowned team of cardiac specialists throughout Barnabas Health are setting the standard for excellence in cardiac care in New Jersey.
Craig R. Saunders, M.D., Chairman of Cardiothoracic Surgery for Barnabas Health, completed postgraduate training in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio. He served as Staff Surgeon and Head of Affiliate Programs for the Cleveland Clinic's Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Department. Dr. Saunders is currently the Chairman of Cardiothoracic Surgery for Barnabas Health.
He maintains a special interest in minimally invasive surgery for both coronary bypass and valve procedures; total arterial revascularization; beating heart surgery without cardiopulmonary bypass; redo coronary and valve surgery; valve repair and replacement including homograft valve replacement; coronary artery reconstruction with endarterectomy; and surgery of the great vessels including aortic dissection and aneurysm repair. Dr. Saunders serves as Co-Investigator on a number of ongoing research protocols, has been published, and is an accomplished professional speaker. He holds numerous academic and professional appointments, serves on the editorial and advisory board of a national medical journal, and has been featured in a number of prime-time television documentaries in California and Ohio.
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Minimally Invasive Surgery
University of Iowa
University of Iowa
Office Postal Address
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, NJ
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
201 Lyons Avenue
Newark, NJ 07112
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