Hakob Davtyan Initiates CT Surgery at St. Francis Hospital

October 2016

Hakob Davtyan, MD, has initiated the Emory Department of Surgery's partnership with St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, GA, as the medical director of the hospital's cardiothoracic surgery team. Dr. Davtyan joined our faculty only recently, but is already well acquainted with Emory, having done his cardiothoracic surgery residency and cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at Emory under the mentorship of Robert Guyton, MD, chief of the Emory Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Dr. Guyton will also oversee the cardiothoracic surgery service at St. Francis.

Dr. Davtyan received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine in 1983, where he also completed both his research fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery and his general surgery residency. After completing his Emory training in 1992, Dr. Davtyan became an associate cardiothoracic surgeon at Foothill Surgical Associates Medical Group, in Pasadena, CA. In 1994, he became a member and owner of Inland Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates Medical Group, Inc., in San Bernardino.

In addition to Dr. Davtyan and original St. Francis cardiothoracic surgeon Charles Anderson, MD, the team will include two Emory-employed advanced practice providers. Members of Emory's critical care and operating room staff have also been deployed for some months to participate in intensive training of St. Francis staff to ensure alignment with quality and outcome metrics as the program grows.

The new affiliation will enable the St. Francis cardiothoracic surgery service to align with Emory's four existing cardiothoracic surgery programs at Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, and Athens Regional Hospital, in Athens, GA.

"We look forward to building this exciting partnership with the exceptionally qualified St. Francis cardiac services team," says Dr. Guyton. "This partnership will enable our combined physician and advanced practice provider teams to expand access to life-saving cardiothoracic care to more Georgia citizens."