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Craig R Saunders MD

Craig R Saunders MD

Primary Specialties
  • Surgery-Bloodless
  • Surgery-Cardiac
  • Surgery-Cardiothoracic
  • Surgery-Cardiovascular
  • Surgery-Cardiovascular/Thoracic
  • Surgery-Robotic
  • Surgery-Thoracic
  • Affiliations
    Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
    Saint Barnabas Medical Center

    Primary Office

    Saint Barnabas Medical Center
    94 Old Short Hills Road
    Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
    Livingston, NJ 07039
    (973) 322-2411

    Secondary Office

    Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
    201 Lyons Avenue
    Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
    Newark, NJ 07112
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    (973) 926-6938

    Third Office

    The Heart Group, P.A.
    161 Millburn Ave
    Millburn, NJ 07041
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    (973) 467-4220
    (973) 467-0918

    Physician Information

    Craig R. Saunders, MD, Chairman of Cardiothoracic Surgery for Barnabas Health, has pioneered innovative surgical techniques and excels in personally delivering these advance treatments to his heart patients. As a distinguished surgeon and former Head of Affiliate Programs for the Cleveland Clinic Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Dr. Saunders and a renowned team of cardiac specialists throughout Barnabas Health are setting the standard for excellence in cardiac care in New Jersey.

    Dr. Saunders received his medical degree from the University of Iowa, College of Medicine and completed postgraduate training in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio.

    Dr. Saunders has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery and is an accomplished surgeon in all aspects of adult cardiac surgery. He serves as primary and co-investigator on a number of ongoing research protocols and has served on the editorial and advisory boards of a national peer review journal. He has published, lectured and performed surgery worldwide. He is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Surgeons, Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association. Dr. Saunders has been featured in a number of prime time television documentaries in California and Ohio and won an Emmy for the production of “Baseball, Apple Pie and Heart Disease, an American Tradition.”

    Experience & Education

    Medical Education: University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

    Internship: Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, TX

    Residency: University of Iowa Hospitals, Iowa City, IA

    Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

    Accepted Health Plans

    Accepted Health Plan information is only as accurate as the most current information submitted. Prior to your appointment, it is advisable to verify with a physician office that they are still a participating provider.
    • Aetna US Health Care
    • Americhoice
    • Amerigroup
    • Amerihealth
    • Barnabas Employee Health Plan
    • Cigna Healthcare
    • Consumer Health Network
    • Empire Healthchoice
    • Federal Blue Cross PPO
    • First Health Network
    • GHI- Group Health Incorporated
    • Great West Healthcare
    • HMO Blue - Medicare Blue
    • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield
    • Horizon Managed Care
    • Horizon NJ Health
    • Horizon PPO
    • Horizon Traditional/Indemnity
    • Local 825 Welfare Fund
    • Magnacare/Magnet
    • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan
    • Medicaid
    • Medicare
    • Multiplan
    • National Provider Network
    • Oxford Health Plans
    • Qualcare
    • United Health Care
    • University Health Plan
    • Wellchoice
    • Health Net
    • Healthcare Payers Coalition