Our cardiothoracic specialists bring decades of experience to southern Colorado. They deliver world-class care to patients who need highly-skilled, cutting-edge surgical treatment. With nearly 4,000 cases performed and an overall operative mortality under two percent, you can trust that you are in skilled hands.

Our program pairs expert surgeons with a team of well-trained cardiac professionals who work together to care for you before, during and after surgery. Our surgical experience also allows us to provide patients with a full spectrum of care for elective and emergency procedures. The breadth of our program allows us to effectively collaborate and sub-specialize in new procedures and emerging technologies.

  • Cardiac surgical specialties
  • Aortic and aortic root surgery
  • Cardiac valve procedures including valve repair and replacement
  • Complex thoracic surgery
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Minimally invasive cardiac surgery
  • Reoperative cardiac surgery
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) using a minimalist approach
  • Valve preservation
Spotlight on TAVR
Dr. Peter Walinsky, at right, leads our TAVR team.

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a cutting-edge, minimally-invasive procedure that replaces damaged aortic valves in patients who are at high risk for open-heart surgery. The TAVR procedure is less invasive than traditional open-heart surgery, as your surgeon places a new valve within the native, diseased aortic valve through a catheter.

Our heart experts have performed more than 200 TAVR procedures. This expertise results in a lower hospital length of stay and complication rates that are below the national average.

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In the news

Retired Colorado Springs pastor still shining a light after near-death experience

Everywhere he goes, Terry Douglass shocks people. They can’t believe the retired Nazarene pastor survived the Type A aortic dissection that almost took him out of the game in March. They tell him he should be dead . . . he wound up at UCHealth Memorial Hospital, where Dr. Peter Walinsky, a cardiac surgeon who specializes in complex heart surgery, was ready to go.


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UCHealth Memorial Hospital participates in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) National Database initiative by submitting case records for analysis and comparison with benchmarking data in order to improve the quality of patient care.