Dr. Hartzell Schaff, MD

Dr. Hartzell Schaff, MD

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Cardiovascular Surgery  ·  
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70 y/o
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Dr. Hartzell Schaff, MD is a cardiovascular surgery specialist in Rochester, MN. He specializes in cardiovascular surgery, cardiac surgery, and more.Read his story

Mayo Clinic - Minnesota

200 1st St SW

Rochester, MN 55905
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan

Learn about Dr. Schaff

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Schaff performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Aortic Repair, Open or Repair of Arterial Aneurysm, Open
very high
more than 99% of peers
Mitral Valve Surgery
very high
more than 99% of peers
Maze Procedure
very high
more than 98% of peers

Dr. Schaff's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Dr. Schaff's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Schaff "Interests Surgery for congenital and acquired heart disease "

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Schaff "Cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgeons at Mayo Clinic are part of an integrated, multidisciplinary team of doctors and health care professionals who provide individualized care for each patient. Having all this expertise in a single place, focused on you, means that you're not just getting one opinion — your care is discussed among the team, your test results are available quickly and appointments are scheduled in coordination. Specialists work together to provide exactly the care you need."

3  Specialties

  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiology

1  Board Certifications

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

47  Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm of Heart
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Chest Pain
  • Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Aneurysm
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Empyema
  • Endocarditis
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Tumors, Benign
  • Heart Tumors, Malignant
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Lung Cancer
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Septal Defect
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Thrombosis
  • Vascular Disease
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37  Procedures

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Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Minnesota.

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.

Education

  • University of Oklahoma, Norman
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1969
  • University of Oklahoma / Health Sciences Center
    Medical School | Graduated 1973
  • Internship - Surgery Johns Hopkins Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1974
  • Resident - Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1980
  • Resident - Surgery The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1975
  • Senior Resident - Surgery The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1978
  • NIH Research Fellowship University of Oklahoma School of Medicine
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1971
  • Research Fellowship - Cardiovascular Surgical Research Laboratory The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1976
  • Trainee MD Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute
    Other Education | Completed 1969

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • 1973L.G. Moorman Award University of Oklahoma School of Medicine, 1973
  • Teacher of the Year Department of Surgery Mayo Medical School Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, 1997
  • MD Graduate with Distinction University of Oklahoma School of Medicine, 1973
  • L.G. Moorman Award University of Oklahoma School of Medicine, 1973
  • American Heart Association Visiting Teacher Award University of Malaya, 1987
  • George D. Zuidema Resident Research Award Department of Surgery The Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1980
  • Individual Award of Excellence Mayo Medical Center, 1998
  • Distinguished Clinician Award Mayo Clinic, 2007
  • Stuart W. Harrington Professor of Surgery Mayo Medical School Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science Department of Education Administration, 1994
  • Teacher of the Year in Surgery Mayo Fellows Association Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, 1998
  • Marquis Who's Who in America Marquis Who's Who, 1973
Media & Publications
  • Combined transaortic and transapical approach to septal myectomy in patients with complex hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.,
  • Does septal thickness influence outcome of myectomy for hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy?,

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

  • Administrative Committee Department of Surgery, Member
  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Member
  • American College of Surgeons Professional Association American College of Surgeons, Member
  • Clinical and Translational Science Track Mayo Graduate School of Medicine Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Member
  • Heart Valve Society of America, Founding Member
  • Industry Sponsored Research Advisory Group Office of Industry Alliances Mayo Clinic Center for Translational Science Activities, Member
  • National Spokespersons Panel American Heart Association, Member
  • Steering Committee Bypass Angioplasty Revascularization Investigation BARI, Member
  • Task Force to Review Funded Research Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Member
  • Workforce on Annual Meeting Program Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Member
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Dr. Schaff's Reviews

4.7
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Schaff to family and friends
15 total reviews (2 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (15)

  • 5
    (14)
  • 4
    (0)
  • 3
    (0)
  • 2
    (0)
  • 1
    (1)

Dr. Schaff's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well

    EXCELLENT
  • Answers questions

    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent

    EXCELLENT

Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment

    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness

    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time

    Under 10 minutes

Patient Comments (2)

Could not ask for a better surgeon.
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My mitrL valve was very damaged with calsification which all other Dr said I would need a valve replacement, Dr Schaff was able to repair my valve which gives me a much better long term benefit
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