Cardiothoracic surgeons are in charge of performing clinical duties and cardiothoracic surgeries on behalf of their organization. They are generally responsible for providing excellent patient care, resolving inquiries as they arise, and leading a team of clinical professionals in and out the surgery room, so strong leadership skills are required to avoid incidents during treatment and surgery.
These surgeons are highly organized and pay close attention to detail, and must follow strict safety and privacy procedures and respect patient confidentiality. They also follow up with post-surgery care and treatment options, oversee recovery advancement, read patient charts to recommend treatment options. Other primary responsibilities include recommending surgical treatments, transplanting ventricular assist devices, performing research on patients' illnesses, using specialized tools and clinical devices, and actively participating in peer reviews to recommend innovative solutions to cardiothoracic obstacles before and after operations.
Cardiothoracic surgeons have expert knowledge of robotic techniques to perform surgery steps with the help of automated equipment, and also participate in training sessions to further their education and familiarize themselves with the latest technology in their field. They must work well with other surgeons to reach all objectives within specific time-frames, but also perform effectively on their own, as they work in a fast-paced environment which requires excellent multitasking skills. A medical degree in cardiology specializing in cardiothoracic surgery is required for this position, and prior work experience in a surgeon capacity is highly beneficial. Medical and leadership certifications are also helpful.
Cardiothoracic Surgeon Tasks
Perform complex surgical operations and interventions safely and hygienically.
Work with nurses and anesthesiologists to ensure safe treatment.
Complete paperwork on procedures, diagnoses, outcomes, and other factors.
Explain patient health needs to family members, caretakers, nurses and others.
Talk with patients to explain procedures and their risks and outcomes.