Frederick W. Mayer MD was born and raised in Anchorage, AK, graduated from West High School and attended UAA. He worked as a commercial pilot prior to leaving to attend medical school at the Bowman-Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University in Winton-Salem, NC where he received his MD degree.
He then completed his General Surgery and Cardio-Thoracic training at Naval Regional Medical Center, San Diego (Balboa) as well as an additional 1 year Fellowship at Scripps Clinic and Research Institute in La Jolla, CA to concentrate on his interest and passion of valve repairs, aortic homograph, valve replacement and Ross Procedure. He then served as Assistant Director and Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Naval Regional Medical Center, San Diego (Balboa).
During his time in the Navy he also served a tour as the ship surgeon on the aircraft carrier USS Midway.
Upon leaving San Diego he began an open hart program in Visalia, CA in conjunction with the renowned Starr-Wood Cardiac Surgical Group in Portland, OR. The program started as a De Novo program, completed 6,000 open heart cases during his tenure and received a coveted recognition as a Top 100 Cardiac Program in the Nation.
He is now with Denali Cardiac & Thoracic Surgical Group LLC in Anchorage, AK. He has extensive experience in a wide array of cardiac & thoracic surgery procedures.
His areas of interest include:
Cardiac Valve surgery
Aortic Valve Replacement & Homographs
- Stent less aortic valves & repairs
- Mitral valve repairs and replacements
- Tricuspid valve repair
Cardiac Electrophysiological Surgery
- Epicardial Pacer & Defibrillator lead placement and lead extraction
- Atrial fibrillation surgery – Cox Maze III
- Pulmonary Vein Isolation
Coronary Artery ByPass Grafting
- Minimally invasive endo vein harvest
- Radial & IMA Grafting
- Complex arterial revascularization including redo surgery and endarterectomy
His passion is cardiac surgery. He has extensive experience in thoracic surgery as well, including lung cancer, chest wall and mediastinal tumors, and Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery “minimally invasive”. All an integral Part of his hospital practice.