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Centers of Excellence

Heart & Vascular Center

Heart & Vascular Center Team

About Our Team

The internationally recognized Heart & Vascular Center team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital includes approximately 200 physicians, specialists in cardiovascular medicine, cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, vascular medicine, cardiovascular anesthesiology and cardiovascular imaging. These specialists work with a team of nearly 500 professionals, made up of physician assistants, nurses, therapists, dietitians, rehabilitation services specialists, social workers and other specialists. This vast resource of multidisciplinary expertise ensures that we can take care of every patient’s heart and vascular needs.

Our team never rests in their goal to make outstanding care even better. Through pioneering research, they continue to develop advances that transform heart and vascular medicine and patient care.

Nationally Acclaimed Cardiac Specialists

Ranked as the No. 10 best hospital for cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News and World Report, our cardiac specialists are leaders in their field. Our team of cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, cardiac nurses, cardiac anesthesiologists and other specialists is committed to providing individualized, compassionate care plans and treatment for both common and complex heart conditions. As one of the leading heart and vascular centers in the U.S., our team works with each patient to choose the right treatment approach for their needs.

Cardiac Physicians and Faculty

Featured Leadership

John Francis Keaney, Jr., MD

John Francis Keaney, Jr., MD Dr. John Keaney is chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and co-executive director of the Heart & Vascular Center.

Dr. Keaney received his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in both Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Keaney is board-certified in both internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine. Before returning to Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dr. Keaney was chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Keaney's clinical interests are in the treatment of acute coronary syndromes and valvular heart disease.

Dr. Keaney has authored over 230 publications is a recognized expert in the biology of blood vessels and is currently Associate Editor for the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Keaney is a frequent consultant to the National Institutes of Health in matters related to vascular health.

He was a permanent member (2014-2019) of the Bioengineering, Technology, and Surgical Sciences (BTSS) Study Section for the Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health, and he currently serves on the editorial board of Circulation.

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Raphael Bueno, MD

Raphael Bueno, MD Dr. Raphael Bueno is chief of the Divisions of Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital, co-executive director of the Brigham Health Heart & Vascular Center and co-director of the Brigham Lung Center. He serves as senior surgeon at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center and Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital.

Board-certified in general surgery, thoracic surgery and surgical critical care, Dr. Bueno earned his medical degree at Harvard Medical School where he received the Henry A. Christian award, named after Peter Bent Brigham Hospital's first physician-in-chief. Dr. Bueno began his graduate medical training as an intern in surgery at Brigham and Women’s, followed by a surgical residency. He completed a cardiothoracic residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and was recruited back to Brigham to establish a thoracic surgery practice and research laboratory. With clinical interests in mesothelioma, esophageal surgery, airway surgery and thoracic outlet syndrome, Dr. Bueno has been listed as one of America's Top Doctors by Castle Connolly and named a top thoracic surgeon by Boston Magazine.

As a National Cancer Institute-funded investigator Dr. Bueno combines translational research with a general thoracic surgery practice. His primary research involves the development of novel translational tools in genomics that can be used to identify candidate predictive and diagnostic markers for cancer, as well as novel targets for therapy, specifically mesothelioma and lung cancer.

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Programs and Teams

Physician Assistants and Nurses

Our physician assistants (PAs) are highly trained clinicians who work closely with physicians to help manage patients. This includes sharing many responsibilities with our physicians, including physical examinations, ordering and interpreting laboratory and diagnostic tests, prescribing medications and developing treatment plans, device implants and catheterizations, and patient education.

Our nurses are likewise instrumental in our mission to deliver outstanding care to our patients. They continue to work to improve nursing practices, which, in turn, benefits our patients and their families. This includes the development of special programs that promote safe, efficient and satisfying care.

Exemplifying this commitment to excellence, the Heart & Vascular Center nursing staff has twice been honored with the Beacon Award—at the Gold and Silver levels—from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. The Beacon Award recognizes extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, dedication to exceptional care of patients and families, and striving to improve every facet of patient care.

Allied Health Professionals and Patient Satisfaction Team

It takes more than experienced and skillful physicians, physician assistants and nurses to deliver outstanding care. Every member of our team is important to our mission, including team members who work to promote patient satisfaction: the housekeeping staff who work throughout the day and night to keep our patients’ rooms tidy and comfortable, the dietary staff who create healthy and delicious meals and our volunteers who provide welcome support to our patients.


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