Dr. Aidan A. Raney

Note: Dr. Raney's son, Aidan R. Raney is an interventional cardiologist practicing at St. Joseph and Hoag hospitals.  If you are looking for his information, click here.


Dr. Aidan Raney

After graduating with honors from University of Southern California School of Medicine, Dr. Raney completed his internship and residencies in general and thoracic surgery at Stanford University Medical Center.  He trained in cardiac surgery under the world renowned Dr. Norman Shumway.  At Stanford, Dr. Raney was extensively involved in heart and lung transplant research, and served as the Chief Resident of the Cardiac Transplant Unit.  He has held various positions since that time, including Associate Clinical Professor at The University of California San Diego Medical Center, Co-Director of the Cardiac Transplant Program at Sharp Memorial Hospital, Co-Director of the Cardiac Transplant Program Hoag Memorial Hospital and Director of Cardiac Surgery at Hoag Memorial Hospital.  He is also the Surgical Director of the Heart Valve Center at Hoag Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Raney has been instrumental in introducing advanced heart surgery techniques and equipment to Hoag Hospital, and is well known for his expertise in mitral valve repair, aortic homograft valve replacement and the Ross procedure (replacing the patient's aortic valve with their own pulmonic valve).  Dr. Raney and Dr. Zusman established the cardiac transplant program at Hoag Hospital on arrival in 1987.  The team brought laser technology for myocardial revascularization.  Under his direction, Hoag was one of the first hospitals in Orange County to use minimally invasive video endoscopic vein harvesting for bypass surgery.  He introduced the Heartport "keyhole" bypass surgery technology, and has expertise in minimally invasive valve surgery.  Dr. Raney also has considerable expertise in the surgical management of thoracic diseases, utilizing conventional and thoracoscopic techniques. This practice also consists of surgical intervention for patients with lung cancer being treated at Hoag Cancer Center.

As Director of Cardiac Surgery at Hoag Memorial Hospital, Dr. Raney has built a team of surgeons, nurses and technicians that have been consistently ranked #1 in overall heart program performance in Orange County, and one of the top performers in California.  He also served on the Board of Directors at Hoag Memorial Hospital as elected physician representative. His professional associations include:

  • Fellow American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow American College of Chest Physicians
  • Fellow American College of Cardiology
  • Western Thoracic Surgical Association and International Heart Transplant Society
  • International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
  • Diplomat of the American Boards of General Surgery and Thoracic Surgery

A native of Los Angeles, Dr. Raney and his wife Ann reside in Laguna Beach, California.


Medical school:

University of Southern California, School of Medicine, 1969-1973


Specialty training:

Stanford University Medical Center, 1973-1981
General and Cardiothoracic Surgery


Board Certification:

American Board of Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery


Specialty Interests:

Mitral Valve Repair
Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
Aortic Valve Surgery (Replacement and Repair)
Ross procedure
Aortic Aneurysm Surgery
Robotic Cardiac Surgery
Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

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