Dr. Susan Hecker, MD

Dr. Susan Hecker, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery  ·  
Female  ·  
49 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Susan Hecker, MD is a cardiothoracic surgery specialist in Tacoma, WA. She specializes in cardiothoracic surgery and cardiac surgery.

Franciscan Cardiothoracic Surgery Associates at St. Joseph

1802 Yakima Ave Ste 102

Tacoma, WA 98405
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  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.

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Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
more than 70% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Hecker "Susan Hecker, MD, MPH, is a cardiothoracic surgeon with special interest in adult cardiac surgery, in particular valve repair and replacement. She also has experience with coronary artery bypass and arrhythmia surgery, along with endovascular intervention.

Dr. Hecker became a surgeon in order to help people directly using her own hands. She appreciates the team approach in caring for patients and their families, and can explain complex issues with clarity and compassion.

In her off hours, Dr. Hecker enjoys cooking, downhill skiing, travel and hiking with her family."

2  Specialties

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Cardiac 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*

13  Procedures

  • Aortic Reconstruction Surgery
  • Aortic Valve Repair
  • Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
  • Endovascular Procedure
  • Endovascular Repair of Aorta
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • Mitral Valve Repair
  • Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Open Heart Procedures
  • Open Heart Surgery
  • Surgery for Arrhythmias

Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • Tulane University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Medical University of South Carolina
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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What People Say About Dr. Susan Hecker, MD
Dr. Hecker did my 4 bypass one year ago. She was honest, feeling and did a wonderful job! I had minor complications afterwards and her follow up with me was great and caring! She listened to me and answered my questions and concerns. I highly recommend her for her operation skills and her bedside...Read More
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Tom Taylor in WA – Jan 23, 2018
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Honest and up-front when discussing your condition. Very personable.She repaired a hole in my aorta and I'm still here going strong!
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