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Cardiothoracic Surgery

When you need surgery for problems affecting your heart or lungs, you want to be sure you’re getting the best care. Our team is led by experienced, board-certified cardiothoracic surgeons and includes highly trained nurses and technical specialists who’ll ensure you receive the highest quality of care before, during, and after your surgery.

St. Luke's is a center of excellence for valve surgery and our cardiothoracic surgeons perform hundreds of cardiac surgical procedures each year. Of these, approximately 50% are isolated aortic or mitral valve replacements, mitral valve repair, or a combination of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) with valve replacement or mitral valve repair.

Our highly skilled team also treats conditions of the esophagus and lungs, including tumors, cancer, and pleural disease. Surgery capabilities include traditional chest surgery and esophagectomy, as well as minimally invasive, video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) for biopsies, lung lesion removal, and lobectomy. We also perform minimally invasive staging of the mediastinum including endobronchial and endoscopic ultrasound, transcervical thymectomy for treatment of myasthenia gravis, and chest wall resection and reconstruction.

  • Facilities & Locations

Our team offers innovative treatments to address conditions such as coronary artery disease, heart valve disorders, lung disease, and vascular disease.

  • Location & Contact Info

    333 N. 1st St.
    Suite 280
    Boise, ID 83702
    (208) 345-6545


  • Cardiothoracic Surgery


    Andrew Forbes, MD, FACS is a cardiothoracic surgeon who specializes in all areas of cardiothoracic surgery with special interest in stentless aortic valve surgery. 


    Accepting new patients
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery


    S. Scott Huerd, MD, FACS is a cardiothoracic surgeon who specializes in adult cardiac surgery and valve repair and replacement. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Washington, and trained in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Minnesota.


    Accepting new patients
  • Thoracic Oncology


    Matthew W. Schoolfield, MD is a cardiothoracic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive thoracic surgery, video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) lobectomy, and lung cancer. He serves as the medical director of thoracic oncology at St. Luke’s MSTI, and is working on the application of robotic surgery to general thoracic surgery and the development of a lung cancer screening program. Dr. Schoolfield earned his bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from the University of Sioux Falls. He completed his general surgery residency at Robert Packer Hospital, and his cardiothoracic surgery residency at Oregon Health & Science University, where he trained in VATS for pulmonary lobectomy, esophageal surgery, and minimally invasive tumor staging of the mediastinum with endoscopic ultrasound. 

    Surgical specialties include:

    • Minimally invasive staging of mediastinum for cancer
    • Endobronchial ultrasound with biopsy (EBUS)
    • Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)
    • Minimally invasive esophagectomy
    • VATS lobectomy, segmentectomy
    • VATS removal mediastinal tumors
    • Complex airway procedures, sleeve lobectomy, and tracheal resection
    • Chest wall resection and reconstruction
    • Rigid and flexible bronchoscopy for airway tumor treatment
    • Diagnosis of interstitial lung disease
    • Thoracoscopic sympathectomy for hyperhidrosis
    • Transcervical thymectomy for Myasthenia Gravis
    • Treatment of mediastinal masses, pleural disease, and spontaneous pneumothorax


    Accepting new patients
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery


    David Stuesse, MD specializes in the surgical treatment of valvular heart disease and coronary artery disease, minimally invasive surgical treatment for atrial fibrillation, adult congenital heart surgery, pediatric heart surgery, and blood conservation. He earned his bachelor's degree in physiology from the University of California, San Diego. He completed his residency in surgery and fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery and pediatric cardiac surgery at Oregon Health & Science University.


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