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Visalia heart surgeons:
Nationally recognized for excellence in heart surgery

 

Dr. Sergio Caminha, Dr. Leheb Araim, FACS

As cardiothoracic surgeons, we focus on curing patients of disease in the safest way possible with the least amount of suffering and the greatest potential to live long, active lives.

Heart surgery is serious and can be a very emotional experience for patients. We work to minimize any issues so we do not have to go back into surgery. This goal motivates us, and we will spend the time it takes to ensure each patient’s safety and positive outcome.

Proud to be ‘5-Star’ recipients

Healthgrades has recognized Kaweah Delta as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery and America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care. Additional recognitions include:

  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award for 2 years in a row
  • Named among the Top 5 percent in the nation for cardiac surgery in 2018
  • Named among the Top 10 percent in the nation for overall cardiac services in 2018
  • Five-Star Recipient for coronary bypass surgery for 2 years in a row
  • Five-Star Recipient for treatment of heart attack for 2 years in a row

Living to see her next birthday

At 86, Dona was walking over a mile a day. But one day, chest pain that felt like “someone sitting on my chest” hit. She was hospitalized and diagnosed with four severely blocked arteries and a malfunctioning valve.

When she asked what would happen without surgery, she learned she likely wouldn’t live to see her next birthday. She wasn’t ready to give up. Today, thanks to Drs. Araim and Caminha, Dona is back to walking a mile a day and enjoying being 87.

Cardiothoracic surgeons

Dr. Leheb H. Araim, FACS

 

Dr. Leheb Araim, FACS

  • Top-rated heart surgeon for excellent survival rates*
  • Board-certified in general and cardiothoracic surgery
  • Vice-Chair, Department of Cardiac Services, Kaweah Delta Health Care District
  • Member, Peer Review Committee, Kaweah Delta Health Care District
  • Kaweah Delta Physician of the Year, 2010
  • Serving the Central Valley since 2010

(*Society of Thoracic Surgeons adult cardiac surgery operative mortality data 2010)

 

 

Golden State Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery Inc. 559-627-8600, Visalia CA

Dr. Sergio Caminha

Dr. Sergio Caminha

  • Board-certified in cardiothoracic surgery
  • Staff surgeon, cardiothoracic surgery, Kaweah Delta Medical Center, Visalia
  • Former Director of Medicine, Federal University of Ceara, Fortaleza, Brazil
  • HealthGrades Honor Roll
  • Bay Area Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • Mayo Clinic-Cardiovascular Surgery Associate
  • Top-rated heart surgeon for excellent survival rates*
  • Serving the Central Valley since 1999

(*Society of Thoracic Surgeons Adult Cardiac surgery operative mortality data 2010)

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