Cardiovascular Surgeon Bradford Blakeman, MD Joins UP Health System – Marquette

UP Health System – Marquette has announced that Bradford Blakeman, MD will join its Heart & Vascular team as a cardiovascular surgeon.  

Dr. Blakeman joins as a full-time CV surgeon in a new partnership between UP Health System – Marquette and Cardiac Surgery Associates of Downers Grove, IL.

Through this partnership, 24/7 cardiovascular surgery services will be provided at UP Health System – Marquette. Joining Dr. Blakeman in this partnership are CV surgeons Juan Bonilla, MD, Jeffrey Silver, MD, and William Polito, MD.

Dr. Blakeman will provide comprehensive heart surgery services to Upper Peninsula residents, including minimally invasive heart surgery, beating heart surgery, specialty valve replacement and repair, and major vascular surgery.

Dr. Blakeman spent 19 years as an academic surgeon. He rose quickly to full professor because of strong academic interests and ground-breaking surgery in the Midwest.

He has published nearly 70 articles and papers, and participated in 13 clinical studies. He is also a member of the American Association of Thoracic Surgery – the most prestigious clinical and academic thoracic society in the world.

In midcareer, Dr. Blakeman decided to pursue private practice to extend high-risk heart surgery to the community setting. He has been providing life-saving heart surgery services in local hospitals of northwest Indiana and the south side of Chicago.

Attention to care, quality and efficiency has allowed his personal care team and hospitals to surpass national standards for outcomes every year for the past 10 years and counting.  

Dr. Blakeman’s personal interests include golf and a physically active lifestyle. On visiting Marquette, he was enamored with our energetic downtown area, the beautiful scenery, and the friendly people.  

The Heart & Vascular team at UP Health System – Marquette has been positioning itself for growth and expanding its services to the community, adding cutting-edge procedures such as the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and Watchman left-atrial appendage closure device implant in 2016, and a state-of-the-art $1.9 million cath lab in December 2016. 

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Bradford Blakeman to the UP Health System – Marquette Heart & Vascular team and to the Upper Peninsula. 

What is a cardiovascular surgeon?

A cardiovascular surgeon provides safe, effective, life-saving surgery on the heart and blood vessels to repair damage caused by disease or disorders of the cardiovascular system. Cardiovascular surgeons provide many different types of operations, including heart valve repair and replacement, heart defect repair, coronary artery bypass, minimally invasive heart surgery, and major vascular surgery.

World-class services, close to home.

Having 24×7 coverage of the caliber of surgery that Dr. Blakeman is able to perform brings the highest level of expertise available to the Upper Peninsula.  We expect Dr. Blakeman’s arrival to be the next step on our journey to become an award-winning, top Heart & Vascular program, right here in Marquette.  Dr. Blakeman will be able to help patients who have previously needed to travel to Green Bay, the University of Michigan, or Mayo Clinic for heart surgery.

Impact for the Upper Peninsula

A cardiovascular surgeon is a crucial part of a heart care team. If you are having symptoms related to the heart, your primary care provider may refer you to a cardiologist. Our cardiologists then consult with our Heart & Vascular team to determine the best treatment options for you. Having a world-class cardiovascular surgeon like Dr. Blakeman right here in the Upper Peninsula will help patients get the life-saving care they need, close to home.

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