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Dr. Ara Klijian

“I provide cutting-edge, compassionate care and treat patients as I would my own family.”

  • Welcomes new patients
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Cardiovascular surgery
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Vascular surgery
Advanced degree
  • Medical Doctor (MD)
3131 Berger Ave.,
Suite 250
San Diego, CA 92123

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Biography plus

I chose to pursue thoracic surgery because it balances the most technically innovative procedures with critical care to help mend patients. I strive to offer the most advanced, often minimally invasive, techniques to help treat patients in a compassionate, caring manner. Outside of work, I enjoy outdoor activities.
Age: 52
In practice since: 1998
Gender: Male
Additional language spoken: Armenian

Education plus

  • Medical School: Albany Medical College
  • Residency: Lenox Hill Hospital
  • Residency: University of California, San Diego
  • Fellowship: University of California, San Diego

Treatments and conditions plus

  • Aortic aneurysm repair
  • Aortic valve repair and replacement
  • Atrial septal defect (ASD)
  • Biopsy
  • Bloodless medicine
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Cardiopulmonary Support (CPS)
  • Carotid Endarterectomy
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting - High Risk
  • Endovascular Vein Harvesting
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • High-Risk Coronary Bypass
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Resection
  • MAZE Surgery
  • Mini-MAZE Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
  • Mitral Valve Repair and Replacement
  • Open Heart Surgery
  • Pacemaker Insertion
  • Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy
  • Robotic Assisted Surgery - Heart
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Thoracotomy
  • Tricuspid Valve Repair and Replacement
  • VATS (Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery)
  • Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD)

Insurances accepted plus

  • Aetna PPOs, Elect Choice EPO, Health Fund PPO, Health Fund HMO, HMO, Managed Choice POS, National Advantage PPO, Open Choice PPO, QPOS POS, Select Choice HMO, Traditional Choice PPO, US Access POS, Value Network HMO
  • AIM HMO, Anthem Blue Cross PPOs, Bronze EPO, California HMO, EPO, Gold EPO, Platinum EPO, Plus POS, Prudent Buyer PPO, Silver EPO
  • Travel Insurance
  • HMO, POS, PPOs (contact Blue Shield)
  • Care1st
  • Cash/Self pay
  • For Life, Prime
  • PPO
  • HMO, Open Access POS, PPOs
  • Commercial/Indemnity Insurance
  • PPO
  • Anthem Blue Cross Bronze EPO, Anthem Blue Cross Gold EPO, Anthem Blue Cross Platinum EPO, Anthem Blue Cross Silver EPO, Sharp Health Plan Bronze HMO, Sharp Health Plan Gold HMO, Sharp Health Plan Platinum HMO, Sharp Health Plan Silver HMO
  • PPO
  • EPO, ExcelCare HMO, HMO, PPOs, Select POS, Seniority Plus Retirees HMO
  • Healthsmart
  • PPO
  • Assignment, Medicare with supplemental Medi-Cal, UHC-AARP MedicareCompleteValue, UHC-AARP MediComplete Premier, UHC-AARP MediCompleteEssential, UHC-Secure Horizons Retiree, UHC-Sharp Secure Horizons
  • PPO
  • PPO
  • PPO
  • PPO
  • Bronze HMO, Choice HMO, Gold HMO, Performance HMO, Performance Plus, Platinum HMO, Premier HMO, Silver HMO, Value HMO
  • PPO
  • Choice EPO, Choice HMO, Choice Plus POS, Options PPO, Signature Value HMO
  • Performance HMO-Network 1 HMO
  • Workers' Compensation

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Phone: 858-715-0303
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