Cardiac Surgeon's Perspective - Nicholas Augelli, MD

Genesis Health
Davenport, IA

"I believe that my job as a surgeon is to provide optimal care for my patients, with a marriage of cutting edge technology and proven expertise." -- Dr. Augelli
Photo by Jim Karageorge


Coronary artery bypass surgery; valve surgery, repair and replace; cancer surgery of the lungs, esophagus, and trachea; aneurysm surgery of the aortic & abdominal aorta; peripheral vascular surgery; dialysis access, and modified maze procedure for treatment of atrial fibrillation.

Cardica Experience

Genesis conducted the economic analysis of cases, from July 1 through Dec. 31, 2007, to compare the costs of traditional on-pump to off-pump CABG using the C-Port systems and other ancillary products. Augelli and Robert Fietsam, MD, performed 78 off-pump procedures during the study period, resulting in total savings of $131,352.

In addition to operating room time savings of about two hours with beating-heart surgery, the study showed that the cost of beating heart procedures, which included the cost of the C-Port systems, were $14,905 vs. $16,589 for on-pump "arrested heart" surgery without use of the
C-Port. The average cost savings for beating-heart procedures with the use of the C-Port systems was $1,684 per procedure over traditional bypass surgery without the C-Port.

Background Information

Dr. Nicholas Augelli joined Genesis Cardiac Surgeons in August 2004. Born in Bari, Italy, he grew up in Niles, Illinois, and attended undergraduate school at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He completed his surgical residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, in 1989 and served a fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa, from 1989-1992. Dr. Augelli practiced at the University of Wisconsin from 1993-2004 as part of the clinical division based at Meriter Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.

How to find Dr. Augelli

Dr. Augelli is a member of the Genesis Cardiac Surgery Practice and his office is located at the Genesis Heart Institute, 1236 E. Rusholme, Suite 150, Davenport, Iowa. He may be reached by calling 563-421-3990. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm. View more information on The Genesis Heart Surgery Team.

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