Cardiothoracic Surgeon Douglas C. Appleby, Jr. Joins West Tennessee Heart & Vascular Center

Douglas C. Appleby, Jr., MD, DHA, is a board certified cardiothoracic surgeon who has joined the Cardiothoracic Surgery Center in Jackson, Tenn. He brings more than 20 years of experience to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital’s top ranked heart team.

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Cardiothoracic Surgeon Douglas C. Appleby, Jr., MD, DHA now practices at the Cardiothoracic Surgery Center in Jackson, Tenn.

Cardiothoracic surgery is a quickly advancing field of study and it is my passion to stay at the leading edge.

Jackson, Tenn. (PRWEB) May 30, 2014

Douglas C. Appleby, Jr., MD, DHA, has joined the Cardiothoracic Surgery Center, brining more than 20 years of experience as a cardiothoracic surgeon to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital’s top ranked heart team.

Dr. Appleby is board certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He has received training in cardiac critical care, advanced cardiac and cardiothoracic surgery and robotic surgery at Johns Hopkins University and the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Appleby joins Arthur Grimball, MD, and Eric M. Sievers, MD, at the Cardiothoracic Surgery Center, which is the surgical arm of the West Tennessee Heart & Vascular Center team of Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

“Cardiothoracic surgery is a quickly advancing field of study and it is my passion to stay at the leading edge,” Dr. Appleby said. “I am excited to work with the surgeons at the Cardiothoracic Surgery Center. West Tennessee Heart & Vascular Center achieves quality outcomes that exceed the national rates.”

Dr. Appleby earned his doctor of medicine degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed his residency at University of Kentucky Medical Center and his thoracic and cardiovascular surgery fellowship at the University of Utah Medical Center. He also holds a doctorate of health, administration and policy from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Before joining the Cardiothoracic Surgery Center, he most recently practiced as a cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon at Baptist Health Lexington in Lexington, Ky. Dr. Appleby is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery.

“Everywhere Dr. Appleby has practiced, he has helped to introduce advanced thoracic surgery procedures,” Dr. Grimball said. “It was important to us that the newest member of our team be skilled in traditional open heart surgeries, but also pursue new procedures that reduce risk for our patients and allow for faster recoveries.”

In 2012, Dr. Appleby was named to the Best Doctors in America list. To be named to the list, physicians must be clinically and academically accomplished, reviewed and elected by other physicians, affiliated with national and global centers of excellence and members of a prestigious, peer-reviewed group.

“Our patients and their families often have a lot of questions about the procedure and about their care afterwards,” Dr. Sievers said. “Dr. Appleby is personable, and I am confident he will have good rapport with our patients.”

About the Cardiovascular Surgery Center
The Cardiothoracic Surgery Center of the West Tennessee Heart & Vascular Center is located at 329 Coatsland Dr. in Jackson. The surgeons provide the complete range of surgical procedures from open heart surgery to the most advanced minimally invasive procedures at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. Along with their experienced staff they work to provide the best outcomes and return patients to a healthy life. To learn more, visit wthvc.org.

Procedures include:

  •     Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
  •     Off Pump Bypass Surgery
  •     Atrial Fibrillation Surgery
  •     Minimally Invasive Valve Repair or Replacement
  •     Stent Placement of the Aorta
  •     Assessment and treatment planning for lung masses, lung cancer and mediastinal disease
  •     Thoracic Surgery — Pulmonary nodules, VATS

Cardiothoracic surgery is the field of surgery devoted to the heart and lungs. As heart disease increases, the heart, vascular and lung fields of surgical study are also growing rapidly. Recent advances in minimally invasive surgeries allow for smaller incisions and, as a result, reduced recovery time.


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