Cardiothoracic Surgery at Grady
The cardiothoracic surgery service at Grady Memorial Hospital is a component of Grady's multidisciplinary cardiac clinic, which provides comprehensive care for all types of cardiac conditions and diseases.
The clinic's diverse team of cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, and other highly trained clinicians treat such conditions as coronary artery disease, thoracic aortic diseases, atrial fibrillation and other heart rhythm disturbances, heart failure, and adult congenital heart disease.
Brent Keeling, MD, an assistant professor of surgery of the Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, is the chief of the cardiothoracic surgery service at Grady. Dr. Keeling's particular clinical specialties include aortic pathophysiology and surgery, minimally invasive valve surgery, minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), hybrid coronary revascularization, and surgical pulmonary embolectomy. His research focuses on targeted clinical investigations of adult cardiac surgical sub-populations.
Dr. Keeling's Grady-based team includes Chadwick Stouffer, MD. In addition to assisting Dr. Keeling with further developing the cardiac and thoracic surgery services at Grady, Dr. Stouffer is building a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) practice at the hospital.
TAVR is a minimally invasive treatment option for patients with severe aortic stenosis which works to replace the aortic valve with catheters through small incisions either in the groin or chest. This technique is performed without opening the chest as in traditional open heart surgery, and allows patients to recover more quickly than open chest procedures, reduces the risk of surgical complications, and allows patients to go home sooner than the traditional surgery.