FALL RIVER – Southcoast Health announced that Dr. Iraklis Gerogiannis has been named chair of cardiothoracic surgery, a new position at Southcoast Health. After joining Southcoast Health in 2012, he had served as its medical director of cardiac surgery for the past three years.
“Dr. Gerogiannis is a highly skilled cardiac surgeon with extensive experience in minimally invasive surgical procedures, TAVR [a transcatheter aortic-valve replacement – a minimally invasive surgical procedure that puts a replacement valve into the aortic valve] CABG [coronary artery bypass graft creates new routes around narrowed and blocked coronary arteries], valve and arrhythmia surgery. He is beloved by his patients and staff and is a true asset to Southcoast Health’s Cardiovascular Care Center,” Dr. Margaret Ferrell, physician-in-chief of the Cardiovascular Care Center, said in the statement.
With nearly 15 years of experience in cardiothoracic surgery, Gerogiannis. has combined a career in cardiac surgery with an interest in pursuing new, less invasive technology. Specifically, he introduced robotic techniques to cardiac surgery at Southcoast Health. Earlier in his career, he practiced in the Boston area, where he served as an assistant professor of surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine.
“We are not the usual community hospital cardiac program. This is an outstanding, modern and comprehensive program. Our great strengths are our extremely dedicated staff, our commitment to evidence-based, multidisciplinary care and our investment in cutting-edge technology. But above all, what makes us different is putting our patients first,” Gerogiannis said in the statement. “We understand that patients have many choices for their care. With our results and national recognitions, we are confident that we are not only offering an excellent option, but that we are offering the best option to patients of our community and beyond.”
A regional leader of cardiac care, Southcoast Health’s Cardiovascular Care Center provides a broad spectrum of cardiovascular services, including open-heart procedures, cardiac catheterizations, coronary angioplasty and cardiac implantable devices. Southcoast Health performs more cardiac catheterizations than any other community-hospital system in Massachusetts, with approximately 60 percent of patients needing advanced treatment such as coronary artery bypass or angioplasty.
For more information about Southcoast Health’s Cardiovascular Care Center and Gerogiannis, visit www.southcoast.org/cardiac or call (844) 744-5544.