Welcome Kathryn Cousins, NP

Posted on October 19, 2016

KathrynCousins, NP Joins East Tennessee Cardiovascular Surgery Group and Covenant Health, the region’s top-performing healthcare network.

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Welcome Parijat Didolkar, MD

Posted on August 9, 2016

Parijat Didolkar, MD joins East Tennessee Cardiovascular Surgery Group in Knoxville, TN and Covenant Health, the region’s top-performing healthcare network.

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Heart surgeons for a day

Posted on April 18, 2016

September 24, 2008 Dr. Thomas Pollard of ETCVSG volunteered his time on Friday morning to visit 5th graders at CAK Elementary School as they studied the heart and vascular system in their science class. Dr. Pollard, along with other volunteers from Mercy Healthcare, gave 3 science class seminars on the heart. Students had a chance […]

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Review of efforts to decrease costly leg wound complications in the medicare population following coronary revascularization

Posted on April 18, 2016

Current trends show that patients referred for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) are significantly older, sicker, and at higher risk for complications than ever before. Eliminating leg wound complications would significantly benefit these patients and reduce the consumption of health care time and dollars. Endoscopic vein harvesting (EVH) decreases the risk of wound complications in […]

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Endoscopic Vein Harvest of the Lesser Saphenous Vein in the Supine Position: A Unique Approach to an Old Problem

Posted on April 18, 2016

In recent years, patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) have been sicker and older and have had higher comorbidities than patients in the past. It has been shown that on average 10% of CABG patients will be operated on again at 10 years, and up to 25% at 20-year after original operation.  Read the […]

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Covenant Health Cardiovascular Service Line Wins Performance Excellence Award for TAVR Program

Posted on April 18, 2016

The Covenant Health Cardiovascular Service Line, which is headed by Parkwest Medical Center CAO Rick Lassiter, won a Performance Excellence Award for the TAVR Program, “Implementation of a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Program.” The Covenant Health Cardiovascular Service Line also took home The President’s Award, Covenant Health’s highest honor, given by Executive Leadership to recognize […]

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Multi-disciplinary approach benefits TAVR patients

Posted on April 18, 2016

There’s an old saying: “Too many cooks spoil the broth.” But that is definitely not the case when a patient’s treatment plan calls for TAVR, or Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement. With TAVR, the patient benefits from the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, all of whom play essential roles. The first TAVR was […]

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Read all about it: Whisnant gets the scoop on TAVR

Posted on April 18, 2016

Ashlyn Whisnant reads the newspaper regularly, and one of the topics she’s been particularly interested in reading about the past couple of years has been Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, also known as TAVR. However, Whisnant no longer needs to read about TAVR in the paper. She’s experienced it firsthand. Today, it’s her turn to be […]

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