Dr. Thomas A. DAMATO, MD

Dr. Thomas A. DAMATO, MD


Cardiac Surgery | Male | 58 years old

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Background: Dr. d'Amato earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Microbiology and Cell Biology from Penn State University in...Read more

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Background:  Dr. d'Amato earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Microbiology and Cell Biology from Penn State University in 1980 and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Biological Sciences at Binghamton University, State University of New York in 1986.  He received a Doctorate of Medicine from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in 1990; Dr. d'Amato then completed General Surgery internship and residency at Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine in 1995.  After serving as Ship's Surgeon on the USS Enterprise, Dr. d'Amato then completed a Cardiovascular and Thoracic residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1999.  Subsequently, he did extra training in advanced minimally invasive surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2006. Dr. d'Amato is certified by The American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Course Director and Instructor of Advanced Trauma Life Support and a Member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. 

 Military Experience: CAPT d'Amato was commissioned in the Medical Corps in February 1992 through the Financial Assistance Program.  Following a General Surgery residency at Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine, he served as the Ship's Surgeon on the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) from 1995-1996, earning the Medical Department Surface Warfare Designator.  Following a rebuild of the operating room after a 5 year yard period, he implemented shipboard telemedicine and surgical endoscopy, revised the AIRLANT Standard Operating Procedures for Surgery at Sea and performed over 220 surgical cases during 200 days of work-ups.  These processes increased the clinical competence of the Medical Department and maintained shipboard manpower and command readiness.

Following a Cardiovascular and Thoracic residency at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, he was assigned to the Naval Medical Center San Diego from July 1999 thru Dec 2002. CAPT d'Amato led the Continuous Quality Improvement Team for Cardiothoracic Surgery, resulting in measurable improved patient satisfaction, reduction in length of stay and re-admission rates.

CAPT d'Amato joined the Selected Reserves and was re-Commissioned in April 2008. He served as the Assistant Officer in Charge at the Expeditionary Medical Facility (EMF)-1 Great Lakes, Det X, Youngstown, OH.  Medical team improvements resulted in 97% medical readiness for the Reserve Center earning his team the Bronze Distinction from Naval Reserve Forces.  As Course Director and Instructor for Advanced Trauma Life Support, CAPT d'Amato lead over 30 officer instructors and trained more than 400 joint force medical officers as part of C4 training at the Defense Military Research and Training Institute, Ft. Sam Houston, TX.  He transferred to EMF-1 Dallas, Det S, Omaha, NE in April 2012.  Mobilized in February 2013, he served as Chief of Surgery, NATO Role 3 Multi-National Medical Unit, Kandahar, Afghanistan.  As the sole cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon he significantly contributed to the hospitals 98% patient survival rate.  In 2013, CAPT d'Amato was appointed the Senior Medical Executive, NR Expeditionary Medical Facility, Camp Pendleton, CA. 

Dr. d'Amato practices cardiovascular and thoracic surgery and is Certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and The American Board of Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons most recently held an academic appointment as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Nebraska Medical Center and currently resides  in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

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  •  Specializes in Cardiac Surgery
  •  Board certified in Cardiovascular Surgery, General Surgery, Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery and Thoracic Surgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
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  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Thoracic 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 Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Disease
  • Lung Cancer
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Peripheral Arterial Dissection
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Rheumatic Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Thrombosis
  • Vascular Disease


  • Medical School
    Jefferson Medical College Of Thomas Jefferson University

    Graduated in 1990

  • Internship Hospital
    Eastern Virginia Medical School

    Completed in 1991

  • Residency Hospital
    Allegheny General Hospital

    Completed in 1999

    Eastern Virginia Medical School

    Completed in 1995

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Allegheny General Hospital

    Completed in 1999

  • Undergraduate School
    The Pennsylvania State University

    Graduated in 1980

  • Other Education
    Binghamton University, State University Of New York

    Completed in 1986

    Eastern Virginia Graduate School Of Medicine

    Completed in 1995

    University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine

    Completed in 2006

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Aortic Repair, Open or Repair of Arterial Aneurysm, Open
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
  • Carotid Artery Stent Placement
  • Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA) or Excision of Infected Graft
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
  • Decortication and Pleurectomy
  • Endovascular Repair of Aorta
  • Endovascular Repair of Thoracic Aorta
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagectomy (Esophagogastrostomy, Esophagojejunostomy)
  • Heart Surgery
  • Impella Device
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Insertion of Epicardial Lead for Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Lobectomy, Open
  • Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Maze Procedure
  • Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
  • Pacemaker Insertion or Replacement
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Segmentectomy, Open
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
  • Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
  • Thromboendarterectomy or Excision of Infected Graft
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
  • Vascular Surgical Procedure
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy