Dr. Peter Birnbaum, MD

Dr. Peter Birnbaum, MD

Cardiothoracic SurgeryMale

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Dr. Peter Birnbaum, MD is a Cardiothoracic Surgery Specialist in Fresno, CA. He is affiliated with Saint Agnes Medical Center. His office accepts new patients.

Office Hours

1510 E Herndon Ave Ste 210 Fresno, CA 93720

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8 am
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4:30 pm

Tue

8 am
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4:30 pm

Wed

8 am
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4:30 pm

Thu

8 am
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4:30 pm

Fri

8 am
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4:30 pm
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Saint Agnes Care

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Cardiothoracic Surgery1510 E Herndon Ave Ste 210 Fresno, CA 93720
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    • Mon: 8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Tue: 8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Wed: 8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Thu: 8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Fri: 8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
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(559) 365-7147

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  • Low Wait Times Patients are usually seen in 10 minutes or less.

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Saved my life! Traumatic car accident that damaged my thoracic area. Lungs, Diaphragm, Heart, Aorta, Ribs. 3 years after repaired my mitral valve. Amazing doctor that I will forever be thankful for.
What went well
  • Explained conditions well
What could be improved
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Oct 27, 2019
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Dr. Birnbaum made my entire family feel safe and secure in such a stressful situation. He handled everything with amazing care and made everybody understand the circumstances. He was very honest and after my father had a triple bypass heart surgery he was more then happy to check up on him. He was patient in answering several questions my family had. Such a scary experience which he made feel like everything would be okay!
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
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Simran Brar in Fresno, CA – May 21, 2019
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Dr. Birnbaum did a fantastic job!! He answered ALL of my family and I's questions. He would check my levels 3-4 times a night while I was in the hospital. Communicated daily with my family about my progress and prognosis. He spent more time at my bedside after surgery than he did during surgery itself. He is one of the most dedicated and caring physicians I have ever had the privilege of meeting. I credit he and his staff for saving my life!
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
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Jennifer in Laton, CA – May 18, 2018
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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 and respect your time . I'm so thankful that he is my physician and love that I know I have him on my side. I have the utmost respect for him and his staff. You'll never regret having him as your Dr
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
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Vicky Hagobian in Fresno, Ca – Jan 13, 2018
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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 spent one week in hospital and was then discharged. That was in October 2017, Here we are in the New Year and shes been cleared to return to Zumba ! Thank you Dr Birnbaum and staff for the excellent care
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
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Woodlake, CA – Jan 06, 2018
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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
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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georgious stratakis in Clivs CA – Jul 16, 2017
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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 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?
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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Dawn Martinez in Fresno, CA – May 09, 2017
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He saved my life after I had contacted an infection.
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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beverly armstrong in Madera, CA – Sep 15, 2016
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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 !!
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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Don Marshall in Fresno, CA – Jul 20, 2016
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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.
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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William H in Clovis, Ca – May 03, 2016
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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.
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
1 person found this helpful
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Tim Sherman in Fresno, CA – Mar 25, 2016
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I would recommend Dr. Birnbaum without hesitation to anyone needing a cardiac surgeon. Brilliant.
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
1 person found this helpful
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Traci Arbios in Clovis, CA – Jan 13, 2016
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No malpractice claims found for California
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Birnbaum's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Birnbaum performs Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary) more than 78% of his peers

Dr. Birnbaum performs this procedure more than 78% 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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Aortic Valve Surgery
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Birnbaum performs Aortic Valve Surgery more than 74% of his peers

Dr. Birnbaum performs this procedure more than 74% of his peers

Aortic Valve Disease
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Birnbaum treats Aortic Valve Disease more than 71% of his peers

Dr. Birnbaum treats this condition more than 71% of his peers

Dr. Birnbaum's conditions and procedures:

  • Ablation for Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm of Heart
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • 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
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Cardiac Tamponade
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
  • Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Empyema
  • Endocarditis
  • Endovascular Repair of Aorta
  • Endovascular Repair of Thoracic Aorta
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Defect Repair
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Surgery
  • Heart Tumors, Benign
  • Impella Device
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Insertion of Left Ventricular Lead for Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lymphadenectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Maze Procedure
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Resection of Cardiac Tumor
  • Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
  • Septal Defect
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Thrombosis
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair
  • Tricuspid Valve Surgery
  • Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
  • Vascular Disease
  • Ventricular Assist Device
  • Ventricular Fibrillation
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy

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Dr. Birnbaum accepts the following insurance:

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$0 Cost Share AI-AN (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual Via Exchange)-CA HMO
Advantage-CA HMO
Advantage-CA PPO
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Gold 80 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
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Gold 80 D (Pathway - HMO/ Individual)-CA HMO
Gold Advantage-CA PPO
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Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Gold Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Lumenos Plans-CA PPO
Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP) - Prudent Buyer-CA PPO
MemorialCare Custom-CA PPO
Minimum Coverage-CA HMO
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
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Pathway X - Network-CA HMO
PERS Choice / PERSCare Providers-CA PPO
PERS Select-CA HMO
PERS Traditional-CA HMO
Platinum (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Platinum (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Platinum 90 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Platinum 90 AI-AN (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Platinum 90 D (Pathway - HMO/ Individual)-CA HMO
Platinum Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Select Plus-CA HMO
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Silver 70 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
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Silver 70 Off Exchange (Pathway - HMO/ Individual)-CA HMO
Silver 73 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Silver 87 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
Silver 94 (Pathway X - HMO/ Individual via Exchange)-CA HMO
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Silver EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
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About Me

Care Philosophy

Dedicated to excellence in patient care.

Biography

Board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Robert Bennett joined Internal Medicine Associates of Fresno in 1993 as a cardiologist....Read more

Specialties

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery

Education

1993
Broussais Hospital, Cardiovascular Surgery, Paris, France
Fellowship Hospital
1993
St. Michael's Hospital, Cardiovascular Surgery, Toronto, Canada
Fellowship Hospital
1992
University of Toronto, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Canada
Residency Hospital
1989
Queens University, General Surgery, Chief Resident, Kingston, Canada
Residency Hospital
1988
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada
1985
Toronto Gen Hosp
Internship Hospital
1980
McMaster University
Undergraduate School
Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto, Master of Science
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Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Physicians' Services Inc. Resident Research Paper Award - "YAG Laser Fulguration for Palliation of Rectal Tumors", 1990
  • Fellowship, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada - Moderator, Club Mitral, Broussais Hospital, Paris, France, 1993

Media & Publications

  • Is the incidence of recurrent carotid artery stenosis influenced by the choice of the surgical technique? Carotid endarterectomy versus saphenous vein bypass, 1994
  • Direct right atrial catheter insertion with video-assisted thoracic surgery, 1996

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make an appointment with Dr. Peter Birnbaum, MD?

Click here to schedule an appointment online. New patients can also call (559) 365-7147, and for other questions, call (559) 450-7455.

Is Dr. Peter Birnbaum, MD accepting new patients?

Dr. Peter Birnbaum, MD generally accepts new patients on Healthgrades. You can see Dr. Birnbaum's profile to make an appointment.

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What are Dr. Peter Birnbaum, MD's top areas of care?

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

Where is Dr. Peter Birnbaum, MD's office located?

Dr. Birnbaum's office is located at 1510 E Herndon Ave Ste 210, Fresno, CA 93720. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Peter Birnbaum, MD speak?

Dr. Birnbaum speaks Spanish, French, and English. View profile to see all.

Does Dr. Peter Birnbaum, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Birnbaum has not yet indicated whether they offer telehealth services. Please contact the office to check for availability/eligibility.

Affiliated Hospitals

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Saint Agnes Medical Center

Fresno, CA

70% Patients that would definitely recommend, Equal to the national average

8 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2022)