Joseph J. Hessel, MD, FACS

Cardiothoracic Surgeon

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Patient Satisfaction Survey

Overall Satisfaction
4.8 out of 5
34 Ratings


  • Medical School: University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX
  • Residency: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
  • Fellowship: Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Florida, Gainsville, FL

Special Interests

Joseph J. Hessel, MD is board certified in General and Thoracic Surgery. He has been in private practice for over 28 years with 23 years in the Phoenix, Arizona area and recently joined the medical staff of the Abrazo Arizona Heart Institute in 2017. He attended undergraduate school at Rice University in Houston, TX and was appointed Chief Resident of Cardiothoracic Surgery for the University of Florida, Gainesvile, FL. Dr. Hessel is responsible for starting three cardiothoracic programs in the Phoenix area including one at Abrazo West Campus and former Phoenix Memorial Hospital.


  • Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery
  • Mitral Valve Repair and Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Bypass Grafting, Offpump, Beating Heart
  • TAVR, Aorti Aneurysm
  • Ascending/Descending Thoracic Aorta

Patient Ratings & Comments

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to provider related questions on our independently administered Patient Satisfaction Survey. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score.
Friendliness/courtesy of Care provider
Likelihood of recommending Care provider
Care provider efforts to include in decisions
Care provider explanations of prob/condition
Care provider concern for questions/worries
Patients' confidence in Care provider
Care provider spoke using clear language


Comments are gathered from our Patient Satisfaction Survey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.
Aug 11, 2019
*Dr. Hessel & staff were very professional & caring.
Aug 11, 2019
Best doctor I've ever met or seen.
Jul 23, 2019
Dr. Hessel was very welcoming/friendly and asked pertinent questions while utilizing excellent listening skills. He used analogies to explain my problem/condition on a level that I could understand and answered all questions I had. He also explained 2 possible surgeries/alternatives and their criteria, risks, and benefits. I was also impressed by Dr. Hessel's use of critical thinking skills in assessing my particular condition. He put all the pieces of the puzzle together for me to see the real problem and what needs to be done to resolve the issue. It was a true "light bulb" moment! I would highly recommend Dr. Hessel as a care provider.
May 12, 2019
Dr. Hessel was extremely informative in explaining my goals going forward. Very friendly.
Apr 29, 2019
Experience very good. Thank you.
Apr 29, 2019
Very good. Very busy. Everyone very informative.
Apr 29, 2019
Apr 10, 2019
Greatly appreciate getting an appointment to see *Dr. Hessel. I had many conflicting test results from my thoracic ascending aortic aneurysm!
Apr 10, 2019
*Dr. Hessel showed much concern over my condition & spent time explaining treatment.
Apr 10, 2019
*Dr. Hessel was delayed due to surgery - understandable. I'm glad I waited, though! *Dr. Hessel very knowledgeable & helpful in my understanding my health/heart condition.
Mar 28, 2019
*Dr. Hessel was wonderful I have never had a doctor like him I was very afraid - he was very kind and I felt safe. Please thank him again for saving my life, love you!
Feb 8, 2019
Everyone was very pleasant and patient and helpful.