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In Maryland, University of Maryland Physicians Care for the Most Heart Surgery Patients - University of Maryland Medical Center

Whether you are looking for top-rated heart care or you are already a patient at the University of Maryland Heart and Vascular Center, we want you to be as informed as possible about everything we have to offer.

Take a tour of our sophisticated operating rooms and intensive care units, or join one of our active support groups. Your heart team will discuss the details of your specific procedure with you. We are always available to answer any questions you may have.

Watch cardiologist Mark Vesely, MD, explain how your heart functions similarly to a house:

Cardiac Surgery: One Program, Two Locations

The partnership between the University of Maryland Medical Center and the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center has made us the premiere facility in Maryland for cardiac surgery care and life-saving research.

With one program at two locations, you can receive treatment at both the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) in Baltimore and the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center (UMSJMC) in Towson. Benefits of this partnership include:

  • More patients now have easier to access to advanced heart surgery procedures
  • At both locations, you will receive care from our highly trained surgeons who use the latest technology and minimally invasive techniques to perform life-changing surgery.
  • In cases of time-sensitive cardiac emergencies, we can evaluate patients at our Critical Care Resuscitation Unit (CCRU). The CCRU is the first intensive care unit of its kind in the nation, designed to evaluate patients quickly, begin therapy and admit patients with time-sensitive illness to either UMMC or UM SJMC. 

Heart Surgery Facilities at the University of Maryland

If your heart team recommended a heart surgery procedure as part of your treatment plan, you may have many questions. While each individual’s experience is different, we want to familiarize you with the general process and steps.

Cardiac Surgery: OR Tour

Take a virtual tour of our operating room. Find out everything you need to know about your time in the OR, including your surgical consult, the day of your surgery, your surgical team and more. Take a cardiac surgery OR tour.

Hybrid OR

A hybrid operating room is a unique operating suite, combining a sophisticated cardiac catheterization lab with a fully equipped operating room. This OR gives us the flexibility to perform catheter-based procedures and cardiac surgeries in the same room. Learn more about our hybrid OR.

Cardiac ICU

We designed an intensive care unit devoted exclusively to our heart patients. Learn more about the comprehensive heart care we provide in our cardiac ICU.

Progressive Care Unit

We provide 24-hour care to our adult patients who require monitoring and care for a heart diagnosis, arrhythmia care and care following interventional procedures. Learn more about our Progressive Care Unit.

Cardiac Surgery ICU

We provide comprehensive care for patients before and after heart surgery. Learn more about our cardiac surgery ICU.

Cardiac Surgery Step-Down Unit

In this unit, we provide specialized care for patients who need pre- and post-operative care. Learn more about our Cardiac Surgery Step-Down Unit.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 1-800-492-5538.