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Patient care

In this area you will find all the useful information that is intended to make your stay at the Cardiocentre more comfortable.


With the synergy of cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and cardioestestists, the Cardio Center can offers less invasive surgical techniques and the most up-to-date intervention procedures.


Managed by a private foundation, but integrated into the cantonal healthcare service, Cardiocentro Ticino is a state-of-the-art, highly specialized university clinic in Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery and Cardioestesthesia


Cardiocentro carries out scientific dissemination and information communication in the field of research and prevention

Cardiac Surgery

Cardiac Surgery deals with the treatment of cardiovascular diseases which can be surgically operated  and is structured to deal with 24 hours a day and 7 days a week any emergency situation.

Cardiac Surgery

The Cardiac Surgery Service, headed by Prof. Dr. med. Stefanos Demertzis, is responsible for the treatment of operable cardiopathies. To ensure full coverage of the Ticino canton territory, it is structured to deal with any urgency or emergency situation on a 24-hour basis, 7 days a week.

Along with basic cardiac surgery procedures (aortocoronary bypasses, valvular reconstructions/replacements) new cutting-edge techniques were developed such as valvular reconstruction/replacement via mini-thoracotomy, transapical aortic valve implantation, aortocoronary bypass with automatic connector devices and, more recently, via mini-thoracotomy.

Aorta pathology is managed at all levels (replacement, endoprosthesis implantation) also by resorting to complex techniques such as cardiocirculatory arrest and/or the use of ancillary revascularization techniques.
The treatment of atrial fibrillation through targeted ablation of atrial tissue with a probe at -196 °C was recently introduced with success.
Testifying to the CCT’s intention to always be in the forefront, the cardiac surgery service is currently devising a study protocol that features the use of stem cells in the treatment of terminal cardiopathies.

Well aware that the key to excellence lies in the acquisition of the most modern and advanced techniques, cardiac surgery at CCT relies upon professional relations with University centres of international renown (Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, D; Universitätsklinik des Saarlandes in Homburg/Saar, D; North Carolina Medical Center, Charlotte, USA; Università La Sapienza, Roma) for the exchange of ideas, projects and researchers.

The staff, trained internationally, includes three highly-esteemed operators, supported by three junior members and two assistants. The latter work on an annual or bi-annual rotation basis, and part of an international training circuit.

La sala operatoria

Cardiac Surgery Training

Cardiocentro Ticino

Via Tesserete 48
CH-6900 Lugano

Contact and information

Cardiac Surgery Service Office

Ms. Chantal Zurfluh
Tel. +41 (0)91 805 31 44
Fax +41 (0)91 805 31 48



Prof. Dr. Stefanos Demertzis
Chief Cardiac Surgery