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​“After a surgery, you feel like you’ve done something that will make a big difference in a patient’s life.”​

Marshfield Center

1000 N Oak Ave
Marshfield, WI 54449

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John Braxton, M.D., has been practicing thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at Marshfield Clinic since 2011 and still is fascinated with heart surgery.​​

“These patients are not as delicate as we sometimes think, and most of them do very well,” he said.​​

​​Dr. Braxton is especially proud of his growing heart valve surgery practice and his role in bringing the TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) procedure to Marshfield. This minimally invasive surgery repairs the damaged aortic heart valve without removing it. Instead, it wedges a replacement valve into the old valve’s place.

​​“This surgery was previously reserved for high-risk and inoperable patients, but I can see where at least 70 percent of our valves will be placed that way,” he said. “It’s a shift in thought processes and we were the pioneers in central Wisconsin. We will not go back to the old way.” He’s also proud of the work that he and fellow surgeon Hope Maki, M.D., are doing with robotic surgery.

​​Like his father, Dr. Braxton earned his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He completed 12 years of additional training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington and Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.

​​He has three daughters and enjoys working out, bicycling, swimming and target shooting.

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  • Medical School
    Howard University - College of Medicine Washington, DC, United States, M.D. 1984

    Howard University Hospital Washington, DC, United States, General Surgery 1985

    Walter Reed Army Medical Center Washington, DC, United States General Surgery 1990

    Yale University - School of Medicine New Haven, CT, United States Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery 1996

    Yale-New Haven Hospital New Haven, CT, United States, Cardiovascular Surgery 1993

  • Professional Societies
    American College of Cardiology American College of Surgeons Society of Thoracic Surgery

    Board Certifications
    Critical Care Medicine: 1993, recertified 2007 Surgery: 1991, recertified 2002 Thoracic Surgery: 1998, recertified 2006

    State Licenses
    Maine Wisconsin

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