Dr. John Sirak Discusses the 5-Box Total Thoracoscopic Maze Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation — Video
In this video, Dr. John Sirak, of the Ohio State University Medical Center (Columbus, OH), talks about the 5-box total thoracoscopic maze procedure, a minimally-invasive surgical procedure for afib that is achieving good results, even among those with persistent or longstanding persistent atrial fibrillation.
This video is a companion to our previous article, New Mini Maze Procedure Shows Promise for Treating Persistent Atrial Fibrillation
View the video (7 ½ minutes long):
About John Sirak, MD:
John H. Sirak, MD, is a cardiothoracic surgeon at The Ohio State University Medical Center specializing in cardiac surgery such as minimally invasive valve surgery and arrhythmia surgery as well as general thoracic surgery. He is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery. Currently, he serves as a clinical assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at OSU. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Sirak was a clinical associate with the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
After earning his MD degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1991, Dr. Sirak embarked on 14 years of postgraduate specialty training, including General Surgery Residencies at both The Ohio State University and the University of California, Davis. He also completed a 2-year Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency and a 1-year Minimally-Invasive Cardiac Surgery Fellowship at The Ohio State University.
Dr. Sirak’s current research focuses exclusively on atrial fibrillation treatments. He is the principal investigator for a study of minimally invasive surgical therapy of AF and co-investigator in a single center randomized controlled trial of epicardial vs. percutaneous atrial fibrillation therapy. He has also led or been involved with several prior research studies and fellowships.
An author or co-author of over 3 dozen publications and presentations, Dr. Sirak is also an ad hoc reviewer for the journal Annals of Thoracic Surgery.
Dr. Sirak also serves on the StopAfib.org Medical Advisory Board.
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