Dr. Rafe Connors, MD
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Dr. Rafe Connors, MD

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Cardiac Surgery | Male

Cardiac Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, Inc. 3009 N Ballas Rd Ste 360C, Saint Louis, MO 63131 Get Directions
(314) 996-5287

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Our cardiac surgery practice at Missouri Baptist includes highly-skilled surgeons who work with each other on a daily basis in collaboration, not competition, treating each patient. Our group is unique in its level of experience and service provided at only one hospital. We discuss cases before, during, and after operations, and everyone is strongly committed to excellent outcomes. We have a dedicated team of cardiac anesthesiologists with an average of 25 years of experience who deal exclusively with our patients. Our ICU is solely dedicated to cardiothoracic patients, with experience far exceeding national norms. All of our recovery rooms are private, with a staff completely devoted to our patients. The office staff is patient-focused, and always available to help with any issues. Patients in our program can be assured they will be cared for with the best possible heart care.Read more

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Specialties

  • Cardiac Surgery

Board Certifications

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  • General Surgery
  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Benign Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • 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 Valve Diseases
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
  • 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 Valve Disease
  • Secondary Hypertension
  • Septal Defect
  • Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Thrombosis
  • Vascular Disease

Procedures Performed

  • Ablation for Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Aortic Valve Replacement
  • 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
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Heart Defect Repair
  • Heart Surgery
  • Impella Device
  • Insertion of Epicardial Lead for Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Lobectomy, Open
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Maze Procedure
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
  • Pacemaker Insertion or Replacement
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
  • Thromboendarterectomy or Excision of Infected Graft
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
  • Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
  • Vascular Surgical Procedure
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy

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    Sanctions

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    Board Actions

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Education

  • Medical School
    University Of Utah School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 2002

  • Internship Hospital
    University of Utah

    Completed in 2003

  • Residency Hospital
    University of Utah

    Completed in 2008

  • Fellowship Hospital
    University of Utah; Research

    Completed in 2006

    University of Virginia; Cardiothoracic Surgery

    Completed in 2010

Awards & Recognition

  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
    • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
    • American College of Surgeons
    • Chief Surgery Resident, University of Utah
    • Moeller Surgical Society
    • Medical Journal Publications: Trauma, American Journal of Surgery, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German

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  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Cardiac Surgery
  • Board certified in General Surgery and Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Malpractice claims in Missouri not available
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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Dr. Connors' Care Philosophy

Our cardiac surgery practice at Missouri Baptist includes highly-skilled surgeons who work with each other on a daily basis in collaboration, not competition, treating each patient. Our group is unique in its level of experience and service provided at only one hospital. We discuss cases before, during, and after operations, and everyone is strongly committed to excellent outcomes. We have a dedicated team of cardiac anesthesiologists with an average of 25 years of experience who deal exclusively with our patients. Our ICU is solely dedicated to cardiothoracic patients, with experience far exceeding national norms. All of our recovery rooms are private, with a staff completely devoted to our patients. The office staff is patient-focused, and always available to help with any issues. Patients in our program can be assured they will be cared for with the best possible heart care.