Dr. Peter Birnbaum, MD

Dr. Peter Birnbaum, MD

Thoracic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
58 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Peter Birnbaum, MD is a thoracic surgery doctor who practices in Fresno, CA. He is 58 years old and has been practicing for 33 years. Dr. Birnbaum is affiliated with Fresno Heart and Surgical Hospital, Saint Agnes Medical Center and Dominican Hospital.

Saint Agnes Medical Providers

1377 E Herndon Ave Ste 104

Fresno, CA 93720
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Health Net
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Care Philosophy

Dedicated to excellence in patient care.
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Dr. Birnbaum's Experience

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


  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery

Board Certifications

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

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
  • Cancer
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Empyema
  • Endocarditis
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Tumors, Benign
  • Lung Cancer
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
  • Septal Defect
  • Thrombosis
  • Vascular Disease


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  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Aortic Repair, Open or Repair of Arterial Aneurysm, Open
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Cardiac Catheterization (incl. Coronary Angiography)
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
  • Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA) or Excision of Infected Graft
  • Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
  • Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy and Stent
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Endovascular Repair of Aorta
  • Endovascular Repair of Thoracic Aorta
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Heart Defect Repair
  • Heart Surgery
  • Impella Device
  • Insertion of Epicardial Lead for Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Insertion of Left Ventricular Lead for Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lymphadenectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Maze Procedure
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
  • Pacemaker Insertion or Replacement
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Removal or Revision of Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Resection of Cardiac Tumor
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy of Lung With Robotic Assistance
  • Thromboendarterectomy or Excision of Infected Graft
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Tricuspid Valve Surgery
  • Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
  • Vascular Surgical Procedure
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy


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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.


  • McMaster University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1980
  • University Of Ottawa Faculty Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1984
  • Toronto General Hospital, Division Of Cardiovascular Surgery, Canada
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1985
  • Queens University, General Surgery, Chief Resident, Kingston, Canada
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1989
  • University Of Toronto, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Canada
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1992
  • Broussais Hospital, Cardiovascular Surgery, Paris, France
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1993
  • St. Michael's Hospital, Cardiovascular Surgery, Toronto, Canada
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1993
  • Faculty Of Medicine, University Of Toronto, Canada
    Other Education | Completed 1988
  • Institute Of Medical Science, University Of Toronto, Master Of Science
    Other Education | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Fellowship, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada - Moderator, Club Mitral, Broussais Hospital, Paris, France, 1993
  • Physicians' Services Inc. Resident Research Paper Award - YAG Laser Fulguration for Palliation of Rectal Tumors, 1990
Media & Publications
  • Direct right atrial catheter insertion with video-assisted thoracic surgery, 1996
  • Is the incidence of recurrent carotid artery stenosis influenced by the choice of the surgical technique? Carotid endarterectomy versus saphenous vein bypass, 1994

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Birnbaum's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Birnbaum to family and friends
based on 26 total reviews (7 with comments)
Dr. Birnbaum's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    Under 10 minutes
Patient Comments (7)
in Clivs CA |
I would highly recommend Dr. Birmbaum for anyone needing to go through heart surgery. He explained everything thoroughly to myself and my family. He was honest with me every step of the way. He did an awesome job and I feel stronger for it
in Fresno, CA |
Dr. Birnbaum was very kind and made an unexpected surgery go smoothly. I was shocked and scared and the whole office was very helpful, patient, and comforting. I never felt rushed or like just another patient. He took time to explain what was wrong and what was going to happen next, to fix the problems. Walter was also very kind and helpful when he would check on me while in the hospital. I always felt safe and like they both had my best Intrest under control. Highly recommend this doctor?
in Madera, CA |
He saved my life after I had contacted an infection.
in Fresno, CA |
Not crazy about any Doctor denial I imagine ! Dr Birnbaum saved my life straight to the point no BS and in a caring way !! Hope I do not have to see him again under medical circumstances but if I do it must be him !!
in Clovis, Ca |
Having open heart surgery is nothing to be taken lightly and brings on worries and fears. Dr. Birnbaum thoroughly explained the procedures and all that would be happening to me before, during and after the surgery. I was a typical textbook case and very few unexpected events occurred so I recovered quickly and without complications. Dr. Birnbaum suggested I enter a cardiac rehab program and am so thankful I did. As far as I am concerned, he gave me my life back.
in Fresno, CA |
Dr. Peter Birnbaum is an extremely competent and compassionate cardiothoracic surgeon. My pre-operative appointments with Dr. Birnbaum and his staff were respectful, efficient, and many of my fears were allayed. While I was in the hospital the visits by Dr. Birnbaum and his staff cheered me. I felt that my post-operative care was being closely monitored. Dr. Birnbaum, his staff, and the St. Agnes hospital staff were all pulling for my full recovery. I am glad that I chose you as my surgeion.
in Clovis, CA |
I would recommend Dr. Birnbaum without hesitation to anyone needing a cardiac surgeon. Brilliant.
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Birnbaum accepts 8 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    CaliforniaCare HMO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of California HMO
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access
  • Health Net
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • MultiPlan
    PHCS Network PPO
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Birnbaum has admitting privileges

Saint Agnes Medical Center
1303 E Herndon Ave
Fresno, CA 93720
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Dominican Hospital
1555 Soquel Dr
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
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Fresno Heart and Surgical Hospital
15 E Audubon Dr
Fresno, CA 93720
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