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About East Tennessee Cardiovascular Surgery Group

Welcome to Our Office

Our team of expert physicians, physician assistants and nurses is fully committed to providing you with quality care of the highest level. Exceeding expectations in all aspects of your care is our goal. From understanding your unique needs, to handling billing inquiries or promptly returning your phone call – quality service at East Tennessee Cardiovascular Surgery Group (ETCVSG) is of paramount importance. Meet our board certified cardiovascular surgeons.

About Our Practice

ETCVSG was founded in 1976 by doctors Robert E. Ware and the late Southgate Green. Today, our physicians, clinical staff, and office staff provide our community with outstanding cardiac and thoracic care.

Complete Cardiac and Thoracic Care

Our primary focus of care is cardiothoracic surgery, with coronary bypass surgery being the leading procedure. We also specialize in the area of thoracic (chest) surgery, as well as many new minimally invasive techniques. ETCVSG is on the forefront of innovative procedures for the treatment of cardiothoracic disease in East Tennessee. More surgical procedures.

Multi-Hospital Surgical Network

Our surgeons perform heart surgery and thoracic procedures at the following East Tennessee area hospitals: Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Parkwest Medical Center, and Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.

Covenant Health

East Tennessee Cardiovascular Surgery Group is a proud member of Covenant Health, the region’s top performing healthcare network whose mission is to improve the health of the communities we serve. Our more than 10,000 employees, physicians, and volunteers are unified by one covenant:

To put our patients first every day, to strive for excellence in everything we do, and to make Covenant Health the first and best choice in our region.

This is how we care for more than two million patients and families every year, and one reason why Covenant Health is the only health system in East Tennessee to be named five times by Forbes as a Best Employer. Visit our website at to learn more.