Dr. Samuel Durham, MD is a cardiothoracic surgery doctor who practices in Saint Joseph, MI. He is 61 years old and has been practicing for 34 years. Dr. Durham is affiliated with Lakeland Health, Lakeland Health and Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet.
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Top Care Areas for Dr. Durham by Patient Volume
Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD, PVD)
Dr. Durham's volume for this condition ranks within the 100th percentile in our national data set.
Dr. Durhamtreated this condition for more patients than 96% of his peers nationwide.
Dr. Durhamtreated this condition for more patients than 93% of his peers nationwide.
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Where our data comes from - The data you see on providers' Healthgrades profiles comes from both the provider and public sources. The Top Care Areas section uses public data from billing claims that providers submit to insurance companies. That data is filed nationwide on behalf of the provider to either the government or a private health insurance company.
How we evaluate our data - Patient volume is analyzed by provider and compared nationally with all providers who perform the same procedure, or treat the same condition. We organize the volume data in percentile ranking from 'may perform' for the lowest claims volume to 'Very High' for the highest claims volume data. For a given condition or procedure, performance categories are defined based on 80%, 90%, and 95% confidence intervals from the average patient volume for all providers in our database. Providers identified as ‘may perform’ do not have sufficient volume for Healthgrades to create a statistical evaluation.
Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*
Why It Matters: Dr. Durham's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
Acute Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Acute Peripheral Arterial Occlusion
Acute Venous Embolism Thrombosis
Aneurysm and Dissection of Heart
Aortic Arch Thoracic Aneurysm
Aortic Embolism and Thrombosis
Aortic Valve Disease
Aortic Valve Regurgitation
Ascending Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
Atherosclerosis of Aorta
Atherosclerotic Coronary Stenosis
Atrial Septal Defect
Carotid Artery Disease
Carotid Artery Stenosis
Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
Congenital Heart Defects
Congenital Heart Disease
Congestive Heart Failure
Coronary Artery Aneurysm
Coronary Artery Calcification
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Descending Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm
Extracranial Carotid Occlusive Disease
Head and Neck Cancer
Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
Heart Tumors, Benign
Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome (MALS)
Mitral Valve Disease
Mitral Valve Prolapse
Mitral Valve Regurgitation
Mitral Valve Stenosis
Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
Peripheral Arterial Disease of Extremities
Peripheral Arterial Dissection
Peripheral Arterial Embolism and Thrombosis
Peripheral Nerve Disorders
Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD, PVD)
Renal Artery Arteriosclerotic Disease
Rheumatic Aortic Valve Disorders
Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
Venous Embolism and Thrombosis
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
Adequacy Testing for Arteriovenous Fistula
Aortic Aneurysm Repair
Aortic Aneurysm Stent Grafting
Aortic Repair, Open or Repair of Arterial Aneurysm, Open
Aortic Root Surgery
Aortic Valve Repair
Aortic Valve Replacement
Aortic Valve Surgery
Arterial Aneurysm Surgery
Arterial Blood Flow Study
Arterial Doppler Ultrasound
Arterial Duplex Ultrasound
Arteriovenous Fistula Repair
Arteriovenous Graft Placement Surgery
Arteriovenous Shunt Creation
Atrial Fibrillation Surgery
Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA) or Excision of Infected Graft
Insertion of Epicardial Lead for Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
Insertion of Left Ventricular Lead for Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
Lobectomy of Lung With Robotic Assistance
Lower Extremity Peripheral Ultrasound
Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
Lung Removal, Open
Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
Lymphadenectomy With Robotic Assistance
Mediastinal Tumors and Minimally Invasive Resection
Minimally Invasive Aneurysm Repair
Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
Minimally Invasive Resection of Mediastinal Tumor
Mitral Valve Repair
Mitral Valve Replacement
Mitral Valve Surgery
Multi-Arterial Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
Non-Coronary Peripheral Vascular Intervention
Off-Pump Coronary Artery Revascularization Surgery
Open Heart Procedures
Open Heart Surgery
Pacemaker Insertion or Replacement
Peripheral Arterial Disease Screening (PAD)
Peripheral Artery Bypass
Peripheral Artery Catheterization
Peripheral Vascular Studies
Peripheral Vascular Surgical Procedures
Port Placements or Replacements
Removal of Arteriovenous Shunt for Renal Dialysis
Removal or Revision of Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
Revision of Arteriovenous Shunt for Renal Dialysis
Robotic Surgery, Thoracic
Temporal Artery Biopsy
Thoracic Surgical Procedure
Thoracoscopic Excision of Lung With Robotic Assistance
Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
Thromboendarterectomy or Excision of Infected Graft
Ultrasound, Abdominal Aortic
Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
Vascular Duplex Ultrasonography and Plethysmography
Vascular Surgical Procedure
Venous Doppler (Legs and Arms)
Video Assisted Throacoscopy
Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic (VATS) Lobectomy
Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS)
Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy
da Vinci® Lobectomy
da Vinci® Robotic Surgery
Malpractice Claims not available
Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Michigan.
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Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Harvard Medical School
Medical School | Graduated 1983
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)
Residency Hospital | Completed 1990
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1993
Columbus Children'S Hospital
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1999
Mott CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL, U of Michigan
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2000
University of Pittsburgh / Main Campus
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1993
Ohio State University
Other Education | Completed 1995
Rush Presbyterian St Lukes Hospital
Other Education | Completed 2008
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Durham has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
Memberships & Professional Affiliations
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