Dr. Anthony Caffarelli

According to Tony Caffarelli, Medical Director of Newport Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery, nothing is more important than providing patients with the highest level of care and quality support 24/7.

“We are the cardiothoracic surgery center in which team really means, Together Everyone Accomplishes More. It’s a difficult process to become a member of our team and easy to get benched. Our surgeons, physician assistants, nurses and staff have all contributed to our award-winning services, research results and clinical trials.”

Growing up in a military family on the East Coast, Dr. Caffarelli joined the Marine Corps prior to attending thoracic surgery at Stanford School of Medicine, including Chief Residencies in Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery and Chief Resident in Thoracic Transplantation. Throughout his tenure at Stanford, he received numerous awards including the John Henry Smith, III, M.D., “Outstanding Surgical Resident of the Year” Award in 2007 and the Western Thoracic Surgical Association, Norman E. Shumway Award in 2009.

Dr. Caffarelli joined Newport Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery, formerly the Raney Zusman Medical Group, in July, in 2010. Trained in some of the most innovative state-of-the-art cardiovascular and thoracic surgical techniques, he has particular interest in all aspects of cardiothoracic surgery, especially valve repairs (both aortic and mitral), bicuspid aortic valve disease and aortopathy, aortic surgery with valve-sparing root procedures, ventricular assist devices, minimally invasive mitral procedures, surgical treatments for intervention of atrial fibrillation.

University of California, Irvine, 1996-2000
Stanford University Medical Center, 2000 – 2010
Speciality Training
Stanford University Medical Center, 2000 – 2010

  • General Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Thoracic Transplantation
Board Certification
Diplomate, American Board of Thoracic Surgery
Specialty Interests

  • Mitral Valve Repair
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
  • Aortic Valve Surgery (replacement and repair)
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
Honors & awards
  • 2009 Western Thoracic Surgical Association, Norman E. Shumway Award
  • 2008 Participant, Intensive Course in Clinical Research: Study Design and Performance,
  • Stanford Center for Clinical & Translational Education & Research
  • 2008 Fellow Delegate, Stanford School of Medicine Annual Strategic Leadership
  • 2007 John Henry Smith, III, M.D., “Outstanding Surgical Resident of the Year” Award
  • 2007 Arnold P. Gold Foundation Award for “Humanism and Excellence in Teaching”
  • 2006 Administrative Chief Resident, Stanford General Surgery
  • 2005 Outstanding Resident Award in Surgical Critical Care
  • 2005 Resident Delegate to Association for Surgical Education
  • 2003 Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education Grant
  • 2000 J.G. Hatfield Senior Surgical Award
Current Position
  • President of Newport Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery
  • Newkirk Family Endowed Chair in Aortic Care
  • Director of Cardiac Surgery at Hoag Memorial Hospital
  • Director of Matranga Aortic Center
Academic Positions
  • 2006-2007 Administrative Chief Resident, Department of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, Stanford University
  • 2003-2004 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Laboratory of Cardiothoracic Transplantation, Stanford University.
  • 1999-2000 Research Fellow, University of CA – Irvine, Department of Surgery, Section of Trauma.
  • 1994-1995 Undergraduate Research Fellow, University of CA – Davis, Microbiology
Journal Articles
  • Caffarelli AD, Mallidi HR, Maggio PM, Spain DA, Miller DC, Mitchell RS. Early Outcomes of Deliberate Nonoperative Management for Blunt Thoracic Aortic Injury in Trauma. (J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg, in press)
  • Fann, JI, Caffarelli AD, Georgette G, Howard SK, Gaba DM, Youngblood P, Mitchell RS,Burdon T A. Improvement in coronary anastomosis with cardiac surgery simulation. JThorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2008 Dec;136(6): 1486-91.
  • Hung TC, Suzuki Y, Urashima T, Caffarelli AD, Hoyt G, Sheikh AY, Yeung AC, Weissman I, Robbins RC, Bulte JW, Yang PC. Multimodality evaluation ofthe viability of stem cells delivered into different zones of myocardial infarction. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2008 Jul; 1 (1 ):6-13.
  • Caffarelli AD, Wren SM. Management of the Postoperative General Surgery Patient: Essentials for the Intensivist. PCCU, Lesson 20, American College of Chest Physicians, 2006.
  • Caffarelli AD, Holden JP, Baron EJ, Lemmens JM, D’Souza H, Yau V, Olcott C, Reitz BA, Miller DC, van der StaITe PI Plasma cefazolin levels during cardiovascular surgery:effects of cardiopulmonary bypass and profound hypothermic circulatory arrest. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2006 Jun;13} (6): 1338-43.
  • Caffarelli AD, Banovae F, Cheung SC, Fleischmann, Mitchell RS. Unusual case oflate thoracic stent graft failure after cardioversion. Ann Thorac Surg. 2006 May;81 (5): 1875-7.
  • Swijnenburg RJ, Tanaka M, Vogel H, Baker J, Kofidis T, Gunawan F, Lebl DR, Caffarelli AD, de Bruin JL, Fedoseyeva EV, Robbins RC. Embryonic stem cell immunogcnicity increases upon differentiation after transplantation into ischemic myocardium. Circulation. 2005 Aug 30;112(9 Suppl):1l66-n.
  • Tanaka M, Swijnenburg RJ, Gunawan F, Cao YA, Yang Y, Caffarelli AD, de Bruin JL, Contag CH, Robbins RC. In vivo visualization of cardiac allograft rejection and trafficking passenger leukocytes using bioluminescence imaging. Circulation. 2005 Aug 30;112(9 Suppl):1l 05-1 O.
  • Caffarelli AD, Fann JI, Salerno CT, Johnson F, Jenkins DD, O’Bannon L, Burdon T A.Cardiac allograft aortic dissection: successful repair using a composite valve graft and modified-cabrol coronary reconstruction. J Card Surg. 2005 Sep-Oct;20(5):450-2.