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 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.

Surgical procedures performed at Shands include congenital cardiac procedures, primary and reoperative high-risk coronary bypass and cardiac valvular procedures, open and stent graft repairs of acute and chronic processes involving the thoracic aorta, open and thoracoscopic lung surgeries, heart and lung transplants, percutaneous aortic valves, and 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.

Our second location, directly across the street from UF Health, is the Malcolm 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.

Thus, the Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia provides the exemplary care at two different locations, which simultaneously aids in maintaining the outstanding skills of the division’s anesthesiologists, and provide the highest quality care for a broad spectrum of patients.

Please do not hesitate to contact any of the listed members for more information about our division’s activities.

Yong Peng


Yong G. Peng, MD, PhD, FASE
Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia
Professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery
Fellowship Director, Cardiothoracic Anesthesia