Cardiothoracic Anesthesia

Welcome to the Division of Cardiothoracic  Anesthesia at the University of Florida.

Our group of physicians works in concert with the Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery to provide the highest quality patient care available for a wide variety of adult and pediatric heart, lung, and major vascular surgeries in a number of different venues. The majority of these procedures are performed at UF Health Shands Hospital at the University of Florida, a tertiary referral center. As many services available at Shands are not offered in community hospitals, the emphasis at this location is focused on some of the more complex operations for patients frequently sent from our colleagues throughout the Southeast.

Our Focus

Surgical procedures performed at Shands include:

  • congenital cardiac procedures
  • primary & reoperative high-risk coronary bypass
  • cardiac valvular procedures
  • open & stent graft repairs of acute and chronic processes involving the thoracic aorta
  • open and thoracoscopic lung surgeries
  • heart & lung transplants
  • percutaneous aortic valves
  • other minimally invasive cardiac and thoracic procedures

Members of our division also provide 24-hour coverage of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.

UF Health is also one of the few medical centers statewide with the availability of bi-ventricular cardiac assist devices that can be surgically placed as destination therapy or as a bridge to transplantation or recovery. We are similarly a referral center for individuals who refuse blood products around the time of major cardiac or thoracic procedures for religious reasons.

Malcom Randall VA Medical Center

Our second location, directly across the street from UF Health, is the Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Members of our department at this location expertly provide anesthesia for our country’s service men and women in the form of coronary artery revascularization, cardiac valvular replacement and repair, and pulmonary resections.


Yong G Peng

Yong G Peng, MD, PhD, FASE, FASA

Division Chief, Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology; Director, Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship; Professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery
Michael A Arnold

Michael A Arnold, DO

Assistant Professor Of Anesthesiology
Melissa A Burger

Melissa A Burger, MD

Assistant Professor Of Anesthesiology
Laurie K Davies

Laurie K Davies, MD

Michael Franklin

Michael Franklin, DO

Assistant Professor Of Anesthesiology
Maria V Irwin

Maria V Irwin, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Gregory M Janelle

Gregory M Janelle, MD, FASE, FASA

Prof Anest And Assoc. Chair
Todd E Jones

Todd E Jones, MD

Assistant Professor Of Anesthesiology
Edward K McGough

Edward K McGough, MD

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Andrew D Pitkin

Andrew D Pitkin, MBBS, MRCP, FRCA

Associate Professor
Daryl L Reust

Daryl L Reust, MD

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Albert R Robinson, III

Albert R Robinson, III, MD

Division Chief, Vascular Anesthesia; Assistant Dean, Office of Diversity and Health Equity; Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Bruce D Spiess

Bruce D Spiess, MD, FAHA

Associate Chair, Research; Professor of Anesthesiology
Felipe Urdaneta

Felipe Urdaneta, MD

Professor of Anesthesiology