Cardiovascular Surgery

Cardiovascular Surgery

Salt Lake Regional Medical Center’s team of skilled and experienced Cardiothoracic surgeons provide a full range of cardiac, thoracic, and vascular procedures.

Cardiovascular Surgery

Steward Cardiothoracic Associates
82 South 1100 East, Suite 200
Salt Lake City, UT 84102

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The surgeons and their team provide state-of-the-art skilled and compassionate care with some of the best outcomes in the state. Post-surgical recovery in the CV-ICU takes place in the same room at the hospital- a unique protocol in all of Utah - which promotes healing and ensures the surgical team sees the patient multiple times a day and allows a specialized team of nurses to provide continuity of care.

The Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery Team provides a full spectrum of care and is focused on working collaboratively with their patients to help them successfully recover from surgery.

The types of surgery offered includes:

Coronary Artery Disease

  • Complex bypass surgery
  • All Arterial Coronary Revascularization Surgery
  • Off-pump Coronary Artery Bypass

Aortic and major blood vessel diseases

  • Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Aortic Arch Surgery and Arch Vessel Surgery
  • Valve-sparing Aortic Root Replacement

Aortic Valve Disease

  • Aortic Valve Replacement 

Mitral Valve Disease

  • Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Mitral Valve Repair

Atrial Fibrillation

  • Surgical Correction of Atrial Fibrillation


Adult Congenital Cardiac Reconstruction

Thoracic Surgery
Surgical treatment of benign and malignant diseases of the chest, including:

  • Open and Minimally invasive Lung surgery
    • Lung Cancer 
    • Lung Tumors/Nodules
    • Pneumothorax (Collapsed Lung)
    • Lung Volume Reduction Surgery for Emphysema 
    • Surgery of the Chest Wall, Ribs and Diaphragm
  • Benign and Malignant Diseases of the esophagus
    • Minimally invasive esophageal cancer surgery
    • Complex esophageal reconstruction for reflux

Lung Surgery 

  • Open and Lung cancer
  • Collapsed lung
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Chest (mediastinal) masses 

Minimally invasive management of:

  • GERD
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Esophageal conditions; complex esophageal reconstruction surgery

Airway disease

  • Tumors
  • Stricture or stenosis of the trachea and bronchus

Major Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
  • Carotid Artery Disease


Meet the Team

Dr. James Stringham

StringhamDr. James Stringham is a Utah native who was raised in Salt Lake City and attended the University of Utah School of Medicine. He received specialty training in both General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Wisconsin. He completed training in 1995 and has more than 25 years of experience in the treatment of Cardiovascular and Thoracic disease.

Dr. Stringham spent the first 11 years of his career on the faculty of the University of Utah, where he oversaw the care of patients with very complex medical needs and served as the surgical director of the Heart Transplant and Artificial Heart programs. During that time, he implanted the first mechanical heart assist pump and performed the first double lung transplant at the University. In 2006 he moved his practice to Salt Lake Regional Medical Center and established the first full-time Cardiothoracic program at the hospital since the early 1990’s.

 Dr. Stringham’s clinical interests include complex coronary artery disease, adult valvular heart disease, minimally invasive and open treatment of aortic aneurysmal disease, carotid artery disease, and other malignant and benign diseases of the chest.

Dr. Jordy Cox

Jordy CoxJordy Cox, MD, FACS, is triple board-certified in General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, and Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Cox provides expert care to patients who need advanced cardiac procedures, including coronary artery blockage, heart valve repair and replacement, and aortic surgery. He also has expertise in treating patients who have benign and malignant diseases of the lungs, esophagus, chest wall, and mediastinum.  He also performs major reconstructive vascular surgery.

Dr. Cox completed a fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of California at San Francisco, in San Francisco, California, and he completed a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at the University of Tennessee, Presley Memorial Trauma Center, in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Cox completed his residency in General Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin, affiliated hospitals, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He completed an internship in General Surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Cox earned his medical degree at Rovira-Virgili University in Tarragona, Spain.

Dr. Cox is fluent in English, Spanish, French, and Catalan and is a native of Tarragona, Spain. He has been a volunteer with Doctors Without Borders for more than 15 years, providing medical relief in numerous conflict zones world-wide. For his work with Doctors Without Borders following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, he was recognized by The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation with its Citizen Service Above Self Medal which recognizes the contributions of non-military civilians.  In ten days, Dr. Cox and his small team operated on over 1,000 patients in makeshift operating rooms, sustaining only 11 patient losses.

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