Hello! My name is Dr. James Kauten and I am a cardiac surgeon having graduated from The Chicago Medical School in 1978. To date, I have performed approximately 11,000 cardiac surgeries, of which more than 3,000 involved heart valve procedures. I regularly perform surgery at Piedmont Heart. Read more...
I believe my greatest strength is a wealth of knowledge, extensive experience and superb results.
"I met with Dr. Kauten prior to surgery date. He provided a complete review of the process, what I could expect immediately after and during the recovery period, and answered all questions, to include his extensive experience and the fact that "he has seen my valve, while a difficult one, before" and assured me of success. It is now 5 weeks after surgery, and outcomes testing and pictures of the valve show an outstanding level of success. I feel great. "
-- Thomas Syracuse, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 01/27/2014
"Dr. Kauten was excellent. He was very informative and detailed in explaining what was going on, the cause, the procedure, etc. He spoke in terms I could understand. He would draw pictures to give me a visual of what he was stating and he spent whatever time I needed to get my questions and concerns answered. His bedside manner was friendly, confident, and patient.
Dr. Kauten has a plan for recovery and he details that plan to make sure it is understood, the importance of the plan and the success of following that plan. He has a strong educational background including solid tenure and competency (since 1984), He specializes in valve repair/replacement, etc.and has a high success rate. In researching him before surgery I could not find anything negative concerning him. I would recommend him to anyone with no reservation and would have him as my surgeon if I were to have heart issues again. "
-- Jeff Hubeli, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 01/21/2014
-- Ruth Berdequez, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, 01/14/2014
-- Christy Naughton, Aortic Valve, Mitral Valve, Valve Replacement, Median Sternotomy, 06/14/2011
-- Charlotte Jones, Mitral Valve, Valve Repair, 12/03/2009
-- Bill McKinney, Aortic Valve, Valve Replacement, Root Replacement, 05/12/2008
Specific to heart valve surgery, you should know that I have several specialties including:
In addition, I have research and clinical interests specific to:
Dr. James Kauten, heart surgeon, graduated from The Chicago Medical School in 1978.
After medical school, Dr. Kauten completed a Surgical Residency at Southern Illinois School of Medicine in 1983. Then, Dr. Kauten completed a Cardiothoracic Residency at Emory University in 1986.
Dr. Kauten is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.