Dr. David Perkowski, MD

Cardiac Surgery  |  
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Age 70
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Dr. David Perkowski, MD
For Dr. Perkowski, a devotion to medicine came earlier than most. He was only 7 when a serious bicycle accident landed him in the hospital where he ended up having a kidney removed. He marveled at the skilled surgeons who helped save his life. He knew immediately that his future lay in medicine. What he didn't realize was that he would one day become a pioneer and leader in the field of cardiac surgery. Growing up, Dr. Perkowski loved sports. But after his injury, he wasn't allowed to play anything that involved too much contact. Still, he was a child blessed with a quiet determination who was bound to find an outlet for his competitive spirit. And by high school, that outlet was swimming. Dr. Perkowski swam competitively throughout his teens and was consistently in the state's top rankings. His senior year, he won nationals and earned himself a scholarship to Indiana University where he would pursue two dreams...becoming a doctor and an Olympic swimmer. Four years later, Dr. Perkowski had accomplished both. He made the 1968 Olympic swimming team and the following year, entered Indiana University medical school. He found that the focus and determination he learned while training for the Olympics helped pave the way for his future in cardiac surgery. It was during his cardiac surgery rotation as an intern when he realized cardiac residency was his calling. In 1979 Dr. Perkowski graduated from Indiana University's Cardiac Residency and moved to Orange County, California. There he began his career as a surgeon while spending most of his free time in the water. He soon joined Orange Country Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons (OCTCS), a dedicated group of doctors encompassing all areas of cardiac surgery. Over the last 30 years, this family of surgeons has inspired each other to work passionately while thinking creatively, in turn taking the field of cardiac surgery to new heights. For example, Dr. Perkowski performed the first off pump coronary artery bypass surgery or "beating heart" surgery at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. When his patient was too weak to tolerate having her heart stopped, the two of them had a very open and frank conversation. Together they made a decision...they would try a novel approach, one that utilizes unique protocols and techniques and doesn't subject the patient to the heart lung machine. Since then, Dr. Perkowski has performed more than 1500 such surgeries. He has proven that the procedure is safe. And beyond that, he has demonstrated that it results in fewer infections, strokes, excessive blood usage and better overall results. Today, Dr. Perkowski is the Director of Cardiac Surgery at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. He is responsible for ensuring the quality of patient care, as well as overseeing nursing staff, medical staff and administration. He is a member of numerous medical societies, including the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. He has authored dozens of publications and performed numerous presentations. Dr. Perkowski and his wife have four children and live in San Clemente where he balances his love for his work with his love for his family...and, of course, swimming.

1310 W Stewart Dr Ste 503

Orange, CA 92868

Contact Information

(714) 997-2224

Dr. David Perkowski, MD

Dr. David Perkowski, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Dr. Perkowski's Experience

Dr. Perkowski's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Cardiac Surgery
  • Board certified in Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Cardiac Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Cancer
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Tumors, Benign
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Septal Defect
  • Vascular Disease


  • Ablation for Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Aortic Repair, Open or Repair of Arterial Aneurysm, Open
  • Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Cardiac Catheterization (incl. Coronary Angiography)
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
  • Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
  • Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy and Stent
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Heart Surgery
  • Impella Device
  • Insertion of Epicardial Lead for Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Lung Surgery
  • Maze Procedure
  • Mitral Valve Repair
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Pacemaker Insertion or Replacement
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Removal or Revision of Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Resection of Cardiac Tumor
  • Thoracentesis
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of Indiana-School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1973
  • Queens Hospital Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1976
  • University Of Indiana Affiliated Hospitals
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1979

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Perkowski's Performance
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  • Office environment
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  • Average wait time
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Dr. Perkowski accepts 9 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • UnitedHealthCare
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Hospitals where Dr. Perkowski has admitting privileges

Long Beach Memorial Medical Center
2801 Atlantic Ave
Long Beach, CA 90806
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Saddleback Memorial Medical Center- Laguna Hills
24451 Health Center Dr
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
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Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center
18111 Brookhurst St
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
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Community Hospital of Long Beach
1720 Termino Ave
Long Beach, CA 90804
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Miller Children's & Women's Hospital - Long Beach
2801 Atlantic Ave
Long Beach, CA 90806
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