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After my surgery...

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How can we make your surgery easier for you?

Your choices before surgery help determine the speed & comfort of your recovery

We spend extra time visiting with you before surgery, for a better recovery after surgery. That's why we routinely operate together, instead of involving a doctor you haven’t met. We also use techniques during procedures which ease the pain during recovery, like epidural catheters.

Your primary doctor, may have used any of the following terms to describe your surgery: Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Pulmonary Surgery, Lung Surgery, Cardiovascular Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Esophageal Surgery or Peripheral Vascular Surgery. Please call us at (210) 495-4200 or use the form at the bottom of this page to contact us with any questions.

Alamo Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates, P.A.

Founded on a strong tradition of community service and medical excellence

Having each served as Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Brooke Army Medical Center, Dr. David Cohen and Dr. David Malavé retired from the US Army to continue serving San Antonio, Texas and military communities in private practice, especially military retirees and their families, and active-duty families with Tricare benefits.

Dr. Malavé attended college and medical school in his native Puerto Rico before entering the US Army, where he trained in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. He is former Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at BAMC... read more
Dr. Cohen is a native San Antonian who graduated from MacArthur High School. He has degrees from Rice, Harvard and UTSA. He attended Washington University Medical School in St. Louis and trained in general and... read more

Dr. Cohen and Dr. Malave are experienced in all surgery of the heart, lungs, and esophagus. They specialize in coronary artery bypass surgery, in the repair of heart valves, and in surgery for lung cancer. They utilize the latest techniques in both on-and-off pump heart surgery, as well as minimally invasive procedures for the lungs and chest. Both are Board Certified in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery.

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