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Paul C. Tang, MD, PhD

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(608) 263-6551

600 Highland Ave
Madison, WI 53792-3236

Paul C. Tang, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor
Section of Cardiac Surgery
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery


  • BSc (Med), MBBS, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 1999
  • PhD, Vascular Immunology, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 2008
  • General Surgery Residency, Yale-New Haven Hospital & State University of New York at Buffalo, 2011
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, 2014
  • Advanced Cardiac Surgery Fellowship, Aortic/endovascular surgery, thoracic transplantation & mechanical circulatory support, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, 2015

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Tang is certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. He specializes in aortic/endovascular surgery and transcatheter valve replacement as well as heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support. Complex aortic surgeries performed includes valve-sparing root replacement, aortic arch reconstructions and hybrid approaches to repair extensive aortic aneurysms. He also has expertise in ventricular assist device (VAD) placement, institution of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support and the use of minimally invasive approaches in aortic/mitral valve surgery and coronary artery bypass grafting.

Dr. Tang provides a wide range of services including Aortic Valve-Sparing Surgery, Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Repair, Carotid and Peripheral Blood Vessel Revascularization, Carotid Surgery and Intervention, Destination Therapy for End-Stage Heart Failure, Heart Bypass (Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery - CABG), Maze Procedure (Minimally Invasive), Mitral Valve Repair, Pacemakers, Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) Closure, Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy, Surgical Ventricular Remodeling (SVR), Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Repair (Endovascular Graft), Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Repair (Open Surgical), Transmyocardial Laser Revascularization (TMR), Valve Repair or Replacement Surgery (Minimally Invasive), and Ventricular Assist Devices.

Research Interests

Dr. Tang’s research interests include aortic surgery outcomes, aortic aneurysm surveillance, thoracic aortic aneurysm biology and genetics, heart transplant immunology and circulatory physiology.

Recent Publications
  • Right Minithoracotomy Versus Median Sternotomy for Mitral Valve Surgery: A Propensity Matched Study.
    Tang P, Onaitis M, Gaca JG, Milano CA, Stafford-Smith M, Glower D
    Ann. Thorac. Surg. 2015 Aug; 100(2):575-81.
    [PubMed ID: 26141780]
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  • Minithoracotomy versus sternotomy for mitral surgery in patients with chronic renal impairment: a propensity-matched study.
    Tang P, Onaitis M, Desai B, Gaca JG, Milano CA, Stafford-Smith M, Glower DD
    Innovations (Phila) 2013 Sep-Oct; 8(5):325-31.
    [PubMed ID: 24346579]
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  • CXCR3-dependent accumulation and activation of perivascular macrophages is necessary for homeostatic arterial remodeling to hemodynamic stresses.
    Zhou J, Tang PC, Qin L, Gayed PM, Li W, Skokos EA, Kyriakides TR, Pober JS, Tellides G
    J. Exp. Med. 2010 Aug 30; 207(9):1951-66.
    [PubMed ID: 20733031, PMC ID: 2931170]
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  • Analysis of second primary lung cancers in the SEER database.
    Bhaskarla A, Tang PC, Mashtare T, Nwogu CE, Demmy TL, Adjei AA, Reid ME, Yendamuri S
    J. Surg. Res. 2010 Jul; 162(1):1-6.
    [PubMed ID: 20400118]
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  • MyD88-dependent, superoxide-initiated inflammation is necessary for flow-mediated inward remodeling of conduit arteries.
    Tang PC, Qin L, Zielonka J, Zhou J, Matte-Martone C, Bergaya S, van Rooijen N, Shlomchik WD, Min W, Sessa WC, Pober JS, Tellides G
    J. Exp. Med. 2008 Dec 22; 205(13):3159-71.
    [PubMed ID: 19064699, PMC ID: 2605224]
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  • Amelioration of human allograft arterial injury by atorvastatin or simvastatin correlates with reduction of interferon-gamma production by infiltrating T cells.
    Yi T, Rao DA, Tang PC, Wang Y, Cuchara LA, Bothwell AL, Colangelo CM, Tellides G, Pober JS, Lorber MI
    Transplantation 2008 Sep 15; 86(5):719-27.
    [PubMed ID: 18791454, PMC ID: 2650813]
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  • Unilateral diaphragm paralysis: etiology, impact, and natural history.
    Elefteriades J, Singh M, Tang P, Siegel MD, Kenney B, Pandey A, Kopf GS
    J Cardiovasc Surg (Torino) 2008 Apr; 49(2):289-95.
    [PubMed ID: 18431352]
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  • Endothelial nitric oxide synthase stimulates aneurysm growth in aged mice.
    Pimiento JM, Maloney SP, Tang PC, Muto A, Westvik TS, Fitzgerald TN, Fancher TT, Tellides G, Dardik A
    J. Vasc. Res. 2008; 45(3):251-8.
    [PubMed ID: 18182824]
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  • Let them walk! Current prosthesis options for leg and foot amputees.
    Tang PC, Ravji K, Key JJ, Mahler DB, Blume PA, Sumpio B
    J. Am. Coll. Surg. 2008 Mar; 206(3):548-60.
    [PubMed ID: 18308228]
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  • Hyperplastic cellular remodeling of the media in ascending thoracic aortic aneurysms.
    Tang PC, Coady MA, Lovoulos C, Dardik A, Aslan M, Elefteriades JA, Tellides G
    Circulation 2005 Aug 23; 112(8):1098-105.
    [PubMed ID: 16116068]
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