Dr. Paul Pearson

Paul J. Pearson, MD, PhD, cardiothoracic surgeon, discusses the reasons you should get a second opinion for heart and vascular diagnoses and why you should talk to the experts on our heart and vascular team.

Our heart and vascular team offers programs that allow you to explore more about your condition and receive advanced treatment and attention if necessary. If you are currently diagnosed with a heart or vascular condition, we offer an easily accessible and thorough evaluation with some of the country’s best cardiac and vascular physicians. Whether you want to confirm a treatment plan or want to find out more options, we are there to assist you in planning the next step for your heart and vascular care.

We see patients with all kinds of heart and vascular disease or problems – from heart failure to atrial fibrillation to peripheral artery disease. Our Cardiac Second Opinion Program and Vascular Second Opinion Program have dedicated and highly trained physician experts who specialize in all types of heart and vascular disease. They are involved in the latest research and utilize state-of-the-science diagnostic and treatment technology.

Request a Second Opinion

Call 414-777-7700, option 1.

Cardiac Second Opinion | Vascular Second Opinion

Benefits of a Second Opinion

You should not feel intimidated to request a second opinion from your current physician. In fact, most physicians encourage their patients to explore options when faced with a major health issue. Our physicians have built outstanding relationships with area physicians and will work with you and your physician in providing a customized care plan.

We believe that patients with heart and vascular diseases need to explore all alternatives to choose what is best for them. A second opinion, whether from our team or others, allows you the peace of mind to make the right decision.

Participation in Clinical Trials May be an Option

As part of the only academic medical center in eastern Wisconsin we have access to the latest treatments and technology. This means you will be presented with the best treatment options for your individual case. In addition, our physicians are involved in ongoing research. In fact, we are one of the top research centers in the country, receiving more National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant funding than almost any academic medical center nationwide.

Our physicians might suggest that you become involved in one of our on-going clinical trials as a treatment for your heart or vascular disease. Read more about clinical trial participation.


Most insurance carriers cover second opinion visits. You will need to check with your insurance carrier regarding your plan coverage prior to your visits. For more information, please call our team at 414-777-7700, and select option 1.

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Virtual Visits Are Available

Safe and convenient virtual visits by video let you get the care you need via a mobile device, tablet or computer wherever you are. We'll assess your condition and develop a treatment plan right away. To schedule a virtual visit, call 414-777-7700.

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The Society for Vascular Surgery's Vascular Quality Initiative (SVS VQI) has awarded Froedtert Hospital three out of three stars for its active participation in the Registry Participation Program. The mission of the SVS VQI is to improve patient safety and the quality of vascular care delivery by providing web-based collection, aggregation and analysis of clinical data submitted in registry format for all patients undergoing specific vascular treatments. The VQI operates 14 vascular registries.