Dr. Travis Pollema, DO

Dr. Travis Pollema, DO

Cardiac Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 37
Dr. Travis Pollema, DO is a cardiac surgery specialist in La Jolla, CA and has been practicing for 10 years. He graduated from Kansas City University Of Medicine and Biosciences in 2008 and specializes in cardiac surgery.Read his story

9434 Medical Center Dr

La Jolla, CA 92037

Contact Information

(858) 657-7000

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan

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Patent Ductus Arteriosus
more than 80% of peers
Cardiac Electrophysiology
more than 55% of peers
Port Placements or Replacements
more than 44% of peers

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Dr. Pollema's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Pollema "Travis L. Pollema, DO, is a cardiothoracic surgeon who specializes in treating diseases of the heart and lungs. His expertise includes treating coronary artery disease with bypass surgery and valvular heart disease with valve repair or replacement. Dr. Pollema performs operations for patients with advanced stages of heart failure; patients needing mechanical circulatory support, including temporary and permanent ventricular assist devices (VADs); and those who have undergone or need heart and/or lung transplantation. He also implements and manages the care of those requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a type of life support treatment that provides enough oxygen to a person while allowing time for their lungs and heart to rest or heal. Dr. Pollema is also experienced in performing laser lead extraction, a procedure that removes the wires from an implanted pacemaker or defibrillator due to infection, breaking, malfunction or other reasons.As an assistant professor in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Dr. Pollema instructs medical students, residents and fellows in the Department of Surgery at UC San Diego School of Medicine.Dr. Pollema completed a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at UC San Diego School of Medicine and a residency in general surgery at Kansas University Medical Center. While in residency, he was selected for his clinical and leadership abilities to serve as chief resident. Dr. Pollema earned his medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He is board-certified in general surgery."
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1  Specialties

  • Cardiac Surgery

2  Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*
  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*

32  Conditions Treated

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24  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Kansas City University Of Medicine and Biosciences
    Medical School | Graduated 2008
  • University Of Kansas, Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Uc San Diego, School Of Medicine
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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