Cardiovascular Surgery

Arkansas Heart Hospital’s cardiovascular and thoracic surgery department is among the best in the region. More than 60 years of combined, state of the art experience equips our team to perform all kinds of procedures, from traditional surgeries to new, groundbreaking therapies.

Heart Surgery

Open heart surgery is any type of surgery where the chest is cut open and surgery is performed on the muscle, valves or arteries of the heart. There are a number of different procedures your surgeon can perform, and they will thoroughly evaluate your medical history to determine how to proceed.

Thoracic Services Offered

  • Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgery (CABG)
  • Aortic Valve Replacement (AVR)
  • Mitral Valve Repair or Replacement (MVR)
  • Tricuspid Valve Repair or Replacement (TVR)
  • Ascending Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Left Atrial Appendage Clip or Resection
  • Surgical Ablation (MAZE)
  • Surgical Atrial Septal Defect Closure
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS)
  • Diaphragm Plication

Non-Thoracic Services Offered

  • Endovascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Carotid Endarterectomy
  • Peripheral Bypass Grafting Surgery
  • Open Abdominal Aneurysm Surgery
  • Aortobifemoral Bypass Grafting Surgery
  • Peripheral Amputation

Meet our Cardiovascular Surgeons

Dr. C.D. Williams is the director of surgery at Arkansas Heart Hospital and is president of Arkansas Cardiovascular Surgery Associates. He is board certified in thoracic and general surgery and has started cardiovascular surgery programs at several hospitals in Arkansas and Texas. He graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and finished his internship at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He completed residencies in internal medicine, general surgery and cardiovascular surgery.

Dr. Michael T. Nolen is a cardiothoracic surgeon with an interest in minimally invasive surgery, coronary bypass and valve surgery, aortic aneurysm repairs and peripheral vascular surgery. He completed his medical degree and general surgery internship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and completed the cardiovascular and thoracic fellowship at the Texas Heart Institute.

Dr. Kristofer Freeland is a cardiothoracic surgeon with an interest in coronary vascularization, structural heart disease including the TAVR procedure as well as aortic pathology. He attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and completed his general surgery residency at Louisiana State University in Shreveport.

Dr. David Pennywell is a cardiothoracic surgeon at Arkansas Heart Hospital. He received his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport, where he also completed his residency in general surgery. He completed a fellowship in thoracic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.


Resources (PDFs)

Cardiac Surgery Booklet

Aortic Aneurysms

Coronary Artery Disease

Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

Post Surgery Blood Pressure/Heart Rate/Weight Log

Strong Hearts

Valvular Disease

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