Dr. Michael DeFrain, MD

Dr. Michael DeFrain, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 46
Dr. Michael DeFrain, MD is a cardiothoracic surgery specialist in Fort Myers, FL and has been practicing for 13 years. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1998 and specializes in cardiothoracic surgery and cardiac surgery.Read his story

9981 S Healthpark Dr Ste 120

Fort Myers, FL 33908

Contact Information

(239) 343-6341

Insurance Accepted

  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.
  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Buckeye Community Health Plan
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Community Health Choice
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Port Placements or Replacements
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more than 92% of peers
Pulmonary Disease
more than 81% of peers
Lung Surgery
more than 80% of peers

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Dr. DeFrain's bio

This content was provided by Dr. DeFrain "Dr. Michael DeFrain earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI and his medical degree at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. He completed a general surgery residency at Michigan State University in Grand Rapids and his cardiovascular and thoracic surgery residency at the Texas Heart Institute and MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. Dr. DeFrain joined Shipley Cardiothoracic Center in July 2017.Board Dr, DeFrain is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is a member of the Denton A. Cooley Cardiovascular Surgical Society, the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American College of Chest Physicians and the American College of Cardiology. Areas of Expertise: Robotic Lung Surgery Transcatheter Valve Therapies: TAVR, TMVR, MitraClip Minimally invasive heart and lung surgery Mitral Valve Repair/Replacement Aortic Valve Replacement Thoracic Aortic Dissection Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Lung surgery Atrial Fibrillation surgery "
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This content was provided by Dr. DeFrain "I am committed to providing the highest level of care for the improvement of human life.  I strive to deliver high-quality, cost-effective healthcare in an environment where every patient is valued and given personalized attention.  I enjoy the ongoing diagnostic challenges of cardiac surgery, but especially value the interaction with my patients and their families and endeavor to make a positive impact in their lives."

2  Specialties

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Cardiac Surgery

2  Board Certifications

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

59  Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm and Dissection of Heart
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Aneurysm
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Coronary Artery Dissection
  • Empyema
  • Endocarditis
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Block
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Murmur
  • Heart Tumors, Benign
  • Heart Valve Diseases
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Peripheral Arterial Dissection
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Pleural Neoplasm, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Rheumatic Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Septal Defect
  • Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Thrombosis
  • Vascular Disease
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64  Procedures

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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Florida.

0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • University of Michigan / Ann Arbor
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1994
  • Wayne State University School of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1998
  • Michigan State University General Surgery Residency
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2003
  • Texas Heart Institute
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2005
  • Michigan State University
    Internship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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What People Say About Dr. Michael DeFrain, MD
An excellent surgeon, who explained everything related to my dad's health issue and kept us in loop in each step . He never rushed and went extra mile to explain everything to my dad and to us and answered all our questions with lots of patience . I always felt my dad is in extremely safe hands !...Read More
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Rabia Syed in Pinellas park , FL – Jun 13, 2017
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Dr. DeFrain is not only very knowledgeable but he is an honest surgeon as well. You could not ask for a more professional expert in his field. I am very happy and proud to be one of his many patients!
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Rebecca Nosal in Pinellas Park, FL – May 09, 2017
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I would recommend him to anyone. He's very professional and still has a great bedside manner. He will continue to be our surgeon.
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Kenneth Smith in Pinellas Park, FL – May 02, 2017
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I would highly recommend Dr. Defrain to anyone who needs a Cardiothoracic surgeon. He was knowledgeable, compassionate, and took the time to explain the procedure I would be having in detail to me and my husband. I cannot say enough good things about him!
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Karen W in Saint Petersburg, FL – Apr 21, 2017
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This was my first visit to discuss my case with Dr. Defrain after seeing numerous doctors and going through series of test. I found him likeable and knowledgeable, He came highly recommendrf to me. He was so honest and gave me time to ask all of my questions. I totally trust him to do my surgery
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Nancy Rousseau in St Petersburg, FL – Apr 06, 2017
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