Dr. Luis Castro, MD

Dr. Luis Castro, MD

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Dr. Luis Castro, MD is a cardiothoracic surgery specialist in Redwood City, CA and has been practicing for 23 years. He graduated from Stanford School of Medicine in 1988 and specializes in cardiothoracic surgery and general surgery.

2900 Whipple Ave Ste 140

Redwood City, CA 94062

Contact Information

(650) 261-2366

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan

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Dr. Castro accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Basic HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
Advantage-CA HMO
Advantage-CA PPO
Balanced (Prudent Buyer)-CA PPO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Individual-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Large Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Small Group-CA HMO
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Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Small Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Student Health-CA PPO
Blue Cross-CA HMO-POS
Bronze (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Bronze Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze Select w/ H.S.A (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Dignity Health Custom Advantage-CA HMO
Dignity Health EPO / PPO-CA
Dignity Health PHC EPO & HDP/HSA-CA
Dignity Health Ventura EPO/PPO-CA
EPO-CA
Gold (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
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Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Gold Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Lumenos Plans-CA PPO
Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP) - Prudent Buyer-CA PPO
MemorialCare Custom-CA PPO
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PERS Traditional-CA HMO
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Select Plus-CA HMO
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Silver (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Advantage-CA PPO
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Silver Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
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UC CORE-CA PPO
UC Health Savings Plan-CA
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UC Medicare with Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
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UC Resident and Fellows-CA PPO
UCSHIP-CA PPO
USC Plan (Two Tiered Network)-CA HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
Select Plus HMO
Select PPO
Blue Shield of California
Access Plus Savenet
Local Access Plus HMO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO

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Dr. Castro's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Maze Procedure
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Castro performs Maze Procedure more than 95% of his peers

Dr. Castro performs this procedure more than 95% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Mini-Maze Procedure
Mitral Valve Surgery
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Castro performs Mitral Valve Surgery more than 93% of his peers

Dr. Castro performs this procedure more than 93% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Mitral Valve Repair
  • Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair
  • Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement
Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Castro performs Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary) more than 90% of his peers

Dr. Castro performs this procedure more than 90% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Aortic Valve Repair
  • Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Aortic Valvuloplasty
  • Heart Valve Replacement
  • Mitral Valve Repair
  • Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Percutaneous Balloon Valvuloplasty
  • Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair
  • Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Tricuspid Valve Repair / Replacement
  • Valvuloplasty
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Dr. Castro's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Ablation for Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm and Dissection of Heart
  • Aneurysm of Heart
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Angioplasty With Stent Placement
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Repair, Open or Repair of Arterial Aneurysm, Open
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Arrhythmias
  • Arteriovenous Fistula Repair
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Septal Defect
  • Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Implantation
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Biliary Atresia
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Cardiac Catheterization (incl. Coronary Angiography)
  • Cardiac Defects
  • Cardiac MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) of Heart or Chest
  • Cardiac Procedure
  • Cardiac Restorative Surgery
  • Cardiac Tamponade
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cardiovascular Surgical Procedure
  • Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA) or Excision of Infected Graft
  • Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax)
  • Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Constipation
  • Coronary Angiogram
  • Coronary Artery Aneurysm
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Coronary Stenting
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Embolectomy, Thrombectomy, or Vessel Exploration
  • Empyema
  • Endocarditis
  • Endovascular Repair of Thoracic Aorta
  • Esophageal Diverticulum
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
  • Gallstones
  • Gastrotomy
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Defect Repair
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Surgery
  • Heart Tumors, Benign
  • Heart Valve Replacement
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Ileus
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Insertion of Epicardial Lead for Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Insertion of Left Ventricular Lead for Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Laparotomy
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Maze Procedure
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pacemaker Insertion or Replacement
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Disease
  • Partial Lung Collapse
  • Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO)
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Peripheral Arterial Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD, PVD)
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
  • Removal or Revision of Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Resection of Cardiac Tumor
  • Rib Fracture
  • Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
  • Septal Defect
  • Skin Grafts
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Symptoms, Heart
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracic Surgical Procedure
  • Tricuspid Valve Surgery
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
  • Varicose Veins
  • Vascular Surgical Procedure
  • Ventricular Fibrillation
  • Ventricular Septal Defect
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy

About Me

Care Philosophy

I believe my greatest strength as a heart surgeon is the team of wonderfully talented people that partner with me at Sequoia Hospital to produce the best...Read more

Biography

Dr. Luis Castro, MD is a cardiothoracic surgery specialist in Redwood City, CA and has been practicing for 23 years. He graduated from Stanford School...Read more

Specialties

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • General Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

1998
U So Calif
Fellowship Hospital
1995
Stanford Hospital
Residency Hospital
1989
Stanford Hospital
Internship Hospital
1988
Stanford School of Medicine
Medical School
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Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

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What are Dr. Luis Castro, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Castro frequently treats Maze Procedure, Mitral Valve Surgery, and Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary). See all procedures and conditions Dr. Castro treats.

Where is Dr. Luis Castro, MD's office located?

Dr. Castro's office is located at 2900 Whipple Ave Ste 140, Redwood City, CA 94062. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Luis Castro, MD speak?

Dr. Castro speaks Spanish and English. View profile to see all.

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Dr. Castro's Reviews

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    Dr. Castro fixed two problems with me. I am 100% happy and have completely recovered. I had a bad valve and an undiagnosed aorta problem. After fixing the valve, Dr. Castro noticed the aorta problem and repaired that too.
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    • Office environment
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    • Wait times
    • Appointment wasn't rushed
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    • Explained conditions well
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    Saved My Life – Feb 19, 2020
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    It’s difficult to put into words how grateful my family and I are, that we found Dr. Luis Castro. We went from being told that there was nothing more that can be done for my father and that it was only a matter of time, to Dr. Castro saying, “I’m 95% certain that I can fix and reverse your dad’s condition.” When other medical professionals had given up on my father, luckily, he did not! Dr. Castro is a gifted Surgeon, a man of honor and sincerity, a true gem!
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    Pari Gottlieb – Feb 10, 2020
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    Dr. Castro is a truly gifted surgeon. He did my mitral valve repair on January 15, 2020. He was able to make the repair through a 3 1/2" incision (mini lower sternotomy) at the bottom of my sternum, so the incision is barley visible. I did most of my recovery during my 5 days in the hospital. I'm feeling great 2 weeks out and I give a lot of the credit to Dr. Castro's entire team and their amazing care! I'm not one to usually write reviews, but this was a no brainer when it comes to something as important as heart surgery. I did my research and got the best! Thank you, Dr. Castro and your superior team from the bottom of my refurbished heart!
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    Kathy Patterson – Jan 28, 2020
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    Dr. Castro did coronary bypass surgery plus a mitral valve repair. The surgery was successful and I have had no problems in 8 months since I had the surgery. I recommend Dr. Castro without reservations.
    What went well
    • Appointment scheduling
    • Office environment
    • Staff friendliness
    • Wait times
    • Appointment wasn't rushed
    • Listened & answered questions
    • Explained conditions well
    • Trusted the provider's decisions
    What could be improved
    No results
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    Linval DePass – Nov 13, 2019
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    Words cannot express how grateful I am to Dr. Luis Castro and Dr. Harmon & their ENTIRE surgical team they used for my heart valve procedure! Dr. Castro initially caught two aneurysms that could have lead to me having a stroke at any moment which would have cost me my life! Another so called top heart surgeon in the Los Angeles area ordered the test with these findings!... And it was Dr. Castro who informed me during a phone consultation explaining the grave danger I was in & that surgery needed to happen VERY soon! I was so impressed with Dr. Castro during that phone consultation that I scheduled my surgery with his lovely assistant Claudia and got things moving quickly! I will never forget Dr. Castro for his outstanding level of care and expertise and will forever be grateful to both him and Dr. Harmon for saving my life! I am a single mother to a young daughter and all the more reason I am so very grateful to both of these outstanding heart surgeons! I would give a million stars!
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    C. Wright – Sep 16, 2019
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    Dr. Castro is an amazing cardiac surgeon who did open heart surgery on my husband and he is well known all over the United States. He explains well what the client may be suffering health wise and helps the patient to recover from whatever heart issue including surgery. He is the most kind and gracious person and doctor and He has a calm way of helping his patients with their heart issues. He is well known and takes the time to help his patients with their health issues. Maureen Costello
    What went well
    • Appointment scheduling
    • Office environment
    • Staff friendliness
    • Wait times
    • Appointment wasn't rushed
    • Listened & answered questions
    • Explained conditions well
    • Trusted the provider's decisions
    What could be improved
    No results
    4 people found this helpful
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    Maureen Costello in Discovery Bay, CA – Jul 17, 2018
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    Dr. Castro and staff at Sequoia Hospital performed a quintuplet(5) CAB on December 7, 2017 on me. Every thing went well with the procedure and my recovery is excellent. I am thoroughly satisfied with the result and would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Castro and his staff. Hafa Adai, Dr. Castro. Your friend from Guam. Ray Carbullido
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    Ray Carbullido in Belmont, CA – Apr 25, 2018
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    I had a triple bypass procedure on May 23, 2017, by Dr. Castro and his team. I could not be more happy with the result. We met a few weeks before and he was great in explaining the surgery and the many issues that I could expect. He visited me before the surgery and a few times after. He kept my sister apprised of my recovery. The ICU and CCU staffs were top notch in my recovery. I was home in six days and am recovering great. I recommend Dr. Castro and the entire staff at Sequoia Hospital.
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    Henry G in Fresno, CA – Jun 20, 2017
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    I read several great reviews about Dr Castro and can now testify to the great work he does! He explained everything before the surgery and helped to clear any doubts I had about having open heart surgery. I owe a great deal of gratitude to Dr Castro and his team for the care they took in making sure everything would turn out well. There's not enough words to thank him for the great experience and the peace of mind I had while there. I would recommend anyone to see Dr Castro for heart surgery.
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    Arturo Carrasco in Roswell, NM – Oct 31, 2016
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    I had an excellent surgical experience with Dr. Luis Castro and his team at Sequoia Hospital. Due to endocarditis, I had a severely damaged mitral valve. Dr. Castro, with his expertise and skill, was able to repair my valve. I feel so fortunate that he was my surgeon! His entire team is outstanding. Also, the care I received at Sequoia Hospital was first rate. I couldn't be happier with the results!
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    Nancy Aguayo in La Quinta, Ca – Oct 12, 2016
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    It has been a year since Dr. Castro and his team repaired my mitral valve. I lead an active life and have had no complications. My wife and I are profoundly grateful to Dr. Castro and Seqouia Hosital. If you need open heart surgery, go to Dr. Castro.
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    Ron Vincent in Modesto, CA – Jul 31, 2016
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    I would recommend Dr. Luis Castro to anyone requiring heart surgery in a heart beat! Dr. Castro is competent, caring, and genuine. It's been barely three months since my open-heart surgery (aortic valve replacement and replacement of a section of aorta with aneurysm), and I have already started my weekend hikes!
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    JavadK in San Jose, CA – Jul 10, 2016
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    Dr. Castro is not only a talented surgeon, but a consummate professional. Moreover, he possesses a unique combination of patience, humor and wit, coupled with verbal skills of preciseness equal to those he exhibits with his surgical hand. I also found Dr. Castro to be one of the most engaging human beings it has been my pleasure to meet. Dr. Castro's visits to me in the post operative environment were both reassuring and uplifting to me and without a doubt aided in my speedy recovery. Thanks
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    Lanston Chinn in Anchorage, AK. – Jun 02, 2016
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    He is not only a excellent surgeon, but the most caring and genuine person. I would highly recommend Dr. Castro!
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    Jean Knappik in Perkasie, PA – Jan 07, 2016
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    Dr. Castro is a compassionate friendly and talented surgeon and doctor
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    Sunnyvale, CA – Dec 22, 2015
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    Locations

    Dignity Health Medical Group - Sequoia

    Dignity Health Medical Group-sequoia2900 Whipple Ave Ste 140 Redwood City, CA 94062
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    Dr. Luis Castro

    Dr. Luis Castro2250 Hayes St Ste 302 San Francisco, CA 94117
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    Sequoia Hospital

    Redwood City, CA

    83% Patient experience rating, 14% higher than the national average

    6 Awards Received