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 specialist in Fresno, CA and has been practicing for 25 years. He specializes in thoracic surgery and cardiothoracic surgery.

Saint Agnes Care

1377 E Herndon Ave Ste 104

Fresno, CA 93720
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Insurance Accepted

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

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Top Care Areas

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Heart Disease
more than 68% of peers
Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
more than 67% of peers
Lung Surgery
more than 66% of peers

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Care Philosophy

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2  Specialties

  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery

3  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*

46  Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm 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
  • 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
  • Peripheral Arterial Dissection
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
  • Septal Defect
  • Thrombosis
  • Vascular Disease


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43  Procedures


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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
28 total reviews (9 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (28)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

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 (9)

This Dr. Birnbaum is the ultimate Dr. Not only is he extremely competent at his profession, he is truly a wonderful caring human being. His office and staff are wonderful and efficient. None of this nonsense of waiting a hour or more for your appointment. Dr. Birnbaum and his staff are prompt...more
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After receiving what seemed a 'scary diagnosis' we were referred to Dr Birnbaum. Several visits and a series of tests later and surgery to replace a aortic valve was recommended. Dr explained procedure thoroughly and by the following Monday surgery had been performed. Surgery went great! She...more
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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
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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...more
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He saved my life after I had contacted an infection.
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