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Craig R Saunders MD

Craig R. Saunders, MD

  • Cardiology | Surgery-Bloodless | Surgery-Robotic | Surgery-Thoracic | Surgery-Thoracic and Cardiac
  • Member of Our Medical Group
Languages Spoken English, Spanish
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  • Bio

    Craig R. Saunders, MD, Chairman of Cardiothoracic Surgery for Barnabas Health, has pioneered innovative surgical techniques and excels in personally delivering these advance treatments to his heart patients. As a distinguished surgeon and former Head of Affiliate Programs for the Cleveland Clinic Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Dr. Saunders and a renowned team of cardiac specialists throughout Barnabas Health are setting the standard for excellence in cardiac care in New Jersey.

    Dr. Saunders received his medical degree from the University of Iowa, College of Medicine and completed postgraduate training in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio.

    Dr. Saunders has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery and is an accomplished surgeon in all aspects of adult cardiac surgery. He serves as primary and co-investigator on a number of ongoing research protocols and has served on the editorial and advisory boards of a national peer review journal. He has published, lectured and performed surgery worldwide. He is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Surgeons, Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association. Dr. Saunders has been featured in a number of prime time television documentaries in California and Ohio and won an Emmy for the production of “Baseball, Apple Pie and Heart Disease, an American Tradition.”

    Clinical Expertise

    Surgery-Bloodless, Surgery-Cardiac, Surgery-Cardiothoracic, Surgery-Cardiovascular, Surgery-Cardiovascular/Thoracic, Surgery-Robotic, Surgery-Thoracic

  • Medical School

    University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA


    Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, TX


    University of Iowa Hospitals, Iowa City, IA


    Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

  • Insurance

    Accepted Health Plan information is only as accurate as the most current information submitted. Prior to your appointment, it is advisable to verify with a physician office that they are still a participating provider.

    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna PPO
    • Aetna US Health Care
    • Americhoice
    • Amerigroup
    • Amerihealth
    • Cigna
    • Cigna Healthcare
    • Consumer Health Plan
    • Empire BC/BS
    • Empire Healthchoice
    • Federal Blue Cross PPO
    • First Health Network
    • GHI
    • Great West Healthcare
    • Health Net
    • Healthcare Payers Coalition
    • HMO Blue - Medicare Blue
    • Horizon BCBS
    • Horizon Managed Care
    • Horizon NJ Health
    • Horizon PPO
    • Horizon Traditional/Indemnity
    • Local 825 Welfare Fund
    • Magnacare
    • Magnacare/Magnet
    • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan
    • Medicaid
    • Medicare
    • Multiplan
    • National Provider Network
    • Oxford Health
    • Qualcare
    • Qualcare HMO
    • Qualcare PPO
    • United Community
    • United Healthcare
    • United Medicare
    • University Health Plan
    • WellCare
    • Wellchoice