Dr. Husam H. Balkhy, director of the Center for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery for Wheaton Franciscan –The Wisconsin Heart Hospital; Clinical Assistant Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin

Dr. Husam Balkhy is one of the top surgeons in the Milwaukee area. He has been a strong advocate and a pioneer in minimally invasive robotic surgery and for beating heart surgery.

He was one of the first surgeons in the country to apply minimally invasive techniques for atrial fibrilation surgery using a thoracoscopic approach

In 2008, he performed the first total connector cardiac bypass surgery, without having to stop the patient’s heart, ever performed in the U.S.

Last year, Balkhy performed a robotic heart surgery on Germantown resident Donald Marlow, who has Parkinson’s Disease and nominated Balkhy for a Health Care Hero Award.

“He was a marvelous advocate for my decisions and very attentive to my feelings following surgery,” Marlow said. “I feel blessed that I had a surgeon who was capable of using all of the available technology to repair my heart and extend my life.”

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