UnityPoint Clinic Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery – Waterloo


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Hours & Directions

Hours of Operation

  • Monday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Thursday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Friday: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

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About Us

The Allen Heart & Vascular Center opened in 2009 to centralize all heart care in one facility and is specifically designed for heart patients and their families. Along with the physicians at the Cedar Valley Cardiovascular Center, Allen Hospital is often recognized as one of the top heart care programs in the nation.

Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at Allen Hospital

Dr. Bhavik Patel leads the area's only open heart surgery program. Experience matters, and the surgery team at Allen Hospital has completed more than 7,000 open heart procedures.

Our Providers

Hailey Waechter
Hailey Waechter, DNP

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Brianna Rolf
Brianna Rolf, PA

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Bhavik Patel
Bhavik Patel, MD

Vascular Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery

Robert Blanken
Robert Blanken, PA-C

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Debra Lodge
Debra Lodge, ARNP

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Lung Nodule Clinic

We offer evaluation and intervention for lung nodules at the Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Clinic. A lung nodule is a small irregularity within lung tissue that can be round or oval-shaped and malignant or benign.

Lung nodules are often discovered through scans ordered for other conditions or because of risk factors for lung cancer, including:

  • Smoking or vaping
  • Exposure to radon or asbestos
  • Previous radiation therapy
  • Family history of cancer

Nodules measuring 6mm or greater require further testing and/or CT scans. The lung nodule clinic will facilitate the evaluation, follow up and biopsies of irregularities as clinically indicated.