Certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Tabe is a cardiothoracic surgeon with expertise across a broad spectrum of cardiothoracic procedures, including beating heart coronary bypass surgery, minimal incision aortic valve surgery, mitral valve repair, surgical correction of atrial fibrillation, aortic aneurysm surgery, lung and esophageal resection, minimally invasive thoracic surgery, and chest wall reconstruction. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he received his Doctor of Medicine degree and completed his General Surgery residency at Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, D.C. During residency training, he received an Outstanding Resident of the Year and Chairman’s awards. He moved to Cavalier, ND, where he served as an attending surgeon at Pembina County Memorial Hospital. He then went on to the University of New Mexico where he completed training in Cardiothoracic Surgery. For seven years, he served as an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Attending Surgeon at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine’s Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He was accorded a Surgery Research Investigator Award to fund investigation into the weaknesses in traditional methods of sternal closure. Dr. Tabe is an active member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and American College of Surgeons.
Cardiac Surgery is a Surgery on the heart and great vessels performed by cardiac surgeons. It is done often to treat complications of ischemic heart disease, correct congenital heart disease, or treat valvular heart disease.
Thoracic surgeons treat conditions of the lungs, chest wall, and diaphragm.