Robotic Surgery for Cardiovascular Disease

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Long Beach Memorial
Featured speaker:

Daniel M. Bethencourt, MD

Medical Director Cardiovascular Surgery, MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute at Long Beach Memorial & Orange Coast Memorial
  • Cardiothoracic / Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Daniel Bethencourt is the medical director of cardiac and thoracic surgery at the MemorialCare Heart and Vascular Institute. Certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeon, Dr. Bethencourt has been practicing cardiac and thoracic surgery in Long Beach for 21 years. He graduated from MIT and Yale Medical School and completed his residencies at the University of Texas and UCLA.

Dr. Bethencourt established the Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Program at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. His special interests include cardiac valve repair surgery, valve construction, Da Vinci robotic assisted mitral valve reconstruction, aortic valve surgery and minimally invasive endoscopic microwave ablation.

As a specialist, Dr. Bethencourt may not be selected as a primary care physician. Accepts patients age 18 and over.

Podcast Summary

Cardiac robotic-assisted surgery is becoming the most efficient, technologically advanced form of heart surgery for patients who qualify, and in the hands of a skilled robotic surgeon. 

As one of only seven cardiac surgeons in California recognized for his robotic expertise by the makers of the da Vinci Surgical System, Dr. Daniel Bethencourt, explains the positive outcomes associated with robotic cardiac surgery.