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Cardiothoracic Surgeon Joins Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Health Network

Dr. Raikar most recently served as a thoracic surgeon in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Oklahoma Heart Hospital Physicians.

By - Jan 19th, 2018 02:49 pm
Goya V. Raikar. Photo courtesy of the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Goya V. Raikar. Photo courtesy of the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Milwaukee, January 19, 2018 – Goya V. Raikar, MD FACS, FCCP, joins the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and brings a wealth of experience in robotic mitral valve repair.

Dr. Raikar performed the first robotic assisted mitral valve repair operation in the St. Paul-Minneapolis area. Robotic surgery offers patients the benefits of smaller incisions, less pain, shorter hospital stays and better outcomes.

“We are pleased to add a pioneer of robotic surgery to the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network that will benefit patients in southeastern Wisconsin and beyond,” said Paul Pearson, MD, PhD, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Froedtert Hospital and Professor of Surgery at Medical College of Wisconsin. “With the addition of Dr. Raikar and the strength of the team, the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery will look to begin offering a Robotic (Da Vinci system) Mitral Valve Repair Program at Community Memorial Hospital.”

In addition to mitral valve repair, Dr. Raikar’s interests include minimally invasive surgical approaches for coronary artery bypass graft, cardiac tumors, adult congenital defect repairs and cardiac arrhythmia procedures.

Dr. Raikar most recently served as a thoracic surgeon in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Oklahoma Heart Hospital Physicians, and as a consultant in the Department of Cardiovascular Research Oklahoma Heart Hospital Research Foundation. He was also a professor of surgery at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Previously, he practiced cardiothoracic surgery at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.; Northern Heart and Vascular Institute in Redding, Calif.; Marshfield Clinic in Wausau, Wis. and Valley Heart Associates in Modesto, Calif. He is board-certified in both general and cardiac and thoracic surgery.

He is a member of many professional societies and services, including the American College of Surgeons and Society of Thoracic Surgery. He sits on the editorial board of The Heart Surgery Forum and is a past president of the Minnesota Society of Thoracic Surgery. He has authored or co-authored many publications and delivers presentations throughout the country.

Dr. Raikar completed a general surgery residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., followed by a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison. He received his doctor of medicine from University of Nebraska-Medical Center in 1991, and his bachelor of science from University of Nebraska in 1987.

About the Medical College of Wisconsin

With a history dating back to 1893, The Medical College of Wisconsin is dedicated to leadership and excellence in education, patient care, research and community engagement.  More than 900 students are enrolled in MCW’s medical school in Milwaukee, MCW-Green Bay, and MCW-Central Wisconsin. In addition, the Milwaukee campus has more than 280 graduate students, 12 Masters of Science in Anesthesia students and 130 postdoctoral fellows in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. MCW’s School of Pharmacy opened in 2017. A major national research center, MCW is the largest research institution in the Milwaukee metro area and second largest in Wisconsin. In FY2016, faculty received more than $225 million in external support for research, teaching, training and related purposes. This total includes highly competitive research and training awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Annually, MCW faculty direct or collaborate on more than 3,100 research studies, including clinical trials. Additionally, more than 1,650 physicians provide care in virtually every specialty of medicine for more than 530,000 patients annually.

The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin regional health network is a partnership between Froedtert Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin supporting a shared mission of patient care, innovation, medical research and education. Our health network operates eastern Wisconsin’s only academic medical center and adult Level I Trauma Center at Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee, an internationally recognized training and research center engaged in thousands of clinical trials and studies. The Froedtert & MCW health network, which also includes four community hospital campuses, more than 1,600 physicians and nearly 40 health centers and clinics, draws patients from throughout the Midwest and the nation. In our most recent fiscal year, outpatient visits exceeded 1.1 million, inpatient admissions to our hospitals were 49,250 and visits to our network physicians totaled 932,000.  For more information, visit

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