University Heart Surgeons

University Heart Surgeons has served this region with the finest in cardiac care for more than 25 years.

University Heart Surgeons

University Heart Surgeons has served this region with the finest in cardiac care for more than 25 years. Patients know when they walk through our door they will be treated with dignity, respect and compassion.

Our surgeons are skilled cardiothoracic surgeons assuring you advanced cardiac treatment. Our services include coronary bypass, valve repair/replacement, aortic aneurysm repair and mechanical circulatory support. We offer the latest in minimally invasive cardiac surgery.

The Chest Service portion of our practice is designed to reduce patient and family anxieties while providing timely comprehensive care for suspected or known lung and esophageal cancer. Our multidisciplinary team includes oncology, radiation therapy, interventional radiology, pulmonary medicine, and pathology.

We are grateful for the individuals and families who place their care in our hands and welcome the opportunity to serve you.

Patient Guide

In preparation for your visit and to assure we have all information necessary to provide appropriate medical treatment, please complete the forms below.

Bring to your first appointment:

  • Insurance card
  • Drivers’ license (or a picture ID)
  • Current medication list

If you have tests scheduled prior to your visit, it is important that you keep that appointment as well. Bring any films, scans, or disks that may be pertinent to your visit.

If you cannot keep your scheduled appointment, please notify us at least 24 hours in advance. Please call our office if you have questions regarding directions, parking or your appointment.

Please download, print and fill out the new patient form before your visit.

Our Services

We offer a number of services to meet your health care needs.

Thoracic Aneurysm Repair

Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)

Esophageal Surgery

Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery

Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery

Lobectomy

Pneumonectomy

Robotic Heart Surgery

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

Valve Repair or Replacement

Our Pledge to You

At University Heart Surgeons we pledge to develop a continuing relationship between physician & patient.

This means providing the ultimate in cardiac and thoracic treatment, insuring you and your family’s satisfaction with the care we provide, and helping you return to a full, active life.

Our physicians are diplomats of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and fellows of the American College of Surgeons.

Our Physicians

Ben Barton, MD

Raymond A. Dieter III, MD

CardioThoracic Surgery

Thomas E. Gaines, MD

CardioThoracic Surgery

Peter P. McKeown MD, BS, BA, MBA

CardioThoracic Surgery

Contact Info
1940 Alcoa Highway
Suite E-260
Knoxville, TN 37920
865-305-6955 Find a Doctor Make an Appointment
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