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Dr Zach DeBoard MD

Board Certified Specialsit 

Cardiothoracic Surgery

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Zach DeBoard is an adult cardiothoracic surgeon with specialised interest in atrial fibrillation, coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, pericarditis, left atrial appendage ligation, and VATS. Dr. DeBoard has clinical expertise in hybrid and minimally invasive surgery for atrial fibrillation.


Dr. DeBoard completed training at high volume clinical centres in the United States He previously held a consultant & affiliate professor position in Washington State prior to moving to New Zealand. While at his previous post he pioneered novel surgical treatment for patients with atrial fibrillation & was awarded a national top doctor designation for several years.


Dr. DeBoard is published in multiple medical journals & maintain active research interests throughout cardiac surgery but with a primary focus on arrhythmia & atrial fibrillation. He has given numerous presentations at national & regional medical conferences and held leadership positions on continuing medical education, quality improvement, and medical education committees.


Education & Training:


University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery                                                                       


Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara, CA

Internship & Residency (Registrar) in General Surgery                                                      


University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)                                                                                      


Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology                                                                     

Minors: Philosophy, Chemistry




Diplomate, American Board of Thoracic Surgery (ABTS)


Registered Specialist, Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ)




Total Robotic-Assisted Pulmonary Resection with Concomitant Left Atrial Appendage Exclusion

DeBoard ZM, Costas K
Published on CTSnet, June 2022


Repair of Contained Ventricular Rupture With Infected Intrapericardial Thrombus

Hasan D, DeBoard ZM

Published in The Journal of Surgical Case Reports, June 2022


Outcomes of Radial Artery Grafts Without Postoperative Calcium Channel Blocker Administration

DeBoard ZM, Kim BH, Brevig J

Accepted for Publication


Temporal Trends & Predictors of Surgical Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation Across a Multistate Healthcare System

Brancato S, Wang M, Spinelli K, Ghandavadi M, Worrall N,
Lehr E, DeBoard ZM, et al.

Published in Heart Rhythm O2, February 2022


Single Incision Thoracoscopic Left Atrial Appendage Ligation: First Reported Experience

DeBoard ZM

Published in Innovations, September 2021


Racial Disparities and the Acute Management of Severe Blunt Traumatic Brain Injury

Sharma R, Johnson A, Li J, DeBoard ZM, Zikakis I, Grotts J, Kaminski S

Published in Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open, September 2019


Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Training in Surgical Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation

DeBoard ZM, Varghese TK, Doty JR, Selzman CH

Published in The Journal of Atrial Fibrillation, July 2019


Evaluation of New Generation Loop Recorders Placed During Surgical Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation

DeBoard ZM, Doty JR

Published in The Journal of Cardiac Surgery, July 2018


Self-Appraised Readiness of Senior and Graduating General Surgery Residents to Perform Thoracic Surgery    

DeBoard ZM, Paisley M, Thomas DD

Published in The Journal of Surgical Education, July-August 2018


Single Ventricle Palliation in a 4-year-old with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
DeBoard ZM, Eckhauser AW, Griffiths E
Published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, January 2018


High-Risk Repair of Traumatic Mitral Valve Rupture in the Setting of Polytrauma

Paisley M, DeBoard ZM, Thomas DD

Published in The Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgeon Reports, January 2018


Giant Aneurysm of In-Situ Saphenous Vein Graft

Makela J, DeBoard ZM, Cisek P

Published in The Annals of Vascular Surgery, April 2017


Outcomes of Recreational Activity Associated Trauma In Elderly Patients on Blood-Thinning Medications                    

DeBoard ZM, Grotts J, Ferrigno L

Published in The American Surgeon, April 2017


Tracheopleural Fistula Treated With Endobronchial Fibrin and 2-Octylcyanoacrylate (Dermabond)

Matsuov Y, DeBoard ZM, West P, Sager J

Published in CHEST, October 2016


Pulmonary Synovial Sarcoma of Unknown Origin                                                                          2016 DeBoard ZM, West PN

Published in The American Surgeon, February 2016


Gallbladder Volvulus: A Single Institution’s Experience Over 2 Years                               

DeBoard ZM, Ferrigno L, Thoman DS

Published in The American Surgeon, November 2015


Thymoma with Hypoimmunoglobulinemia: Successful Management of Good’s Syndrome             

DeBoard ZM, Taylor BJW

Published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, November 2015


Prevention of Postoperative Pulmonary Complications
Taylor A, DeBoard ZM, Gauvin J

Published in Surgical Clinics of North America, April 2015


Revisiting the Pancreaticoduodenectomy for Trauma: A Single Institution’s Experience    Thompson CM, Shalhub S, DeBoard ZM, Maier RV

Published in the Journal of Trauma & Acute Care Surgery, August 2013

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