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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Names Charles F. Schwartz, Md, Facs Head Of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Physician Specializes in Minimally Invasive Valve Repair and Replacement, Coronary Artery Surgery and Surgical Correction of Thoracic Aneurysms

Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) has elevated its award–winning Cardiology and Cardiovascular Services program with the appointment of nationally recognized Cardiothoracic and Vascular surgeon Charles F. Schwartz, MD, FACS.  Dr. Schwartz will assume the role of Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Dr. Schwartz comes to SJMO from the New York University (NYU) Medical Center, where he served as Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery.  Dr. Schwartz, who specializes in minimally invasive valve repair and replacement, coronary artery surgery and the surgical correction of thoracic aneurysms, will expand cardiovascular services at The Elliott M. Estes Heart Institute at SJMO.  His additional medical interests include minimally invasive cardiac surgery, minimally invasive thoracic aneurysm surgery, coronary artery bypass surgery, robotic surgery and pacemaker/AICD, devices to correct slow or rapid heartbeats.

“We are privileged to welcome Dr. Schwartz to our Medical Staff,” said Jack Weiner, SJMO President and CEO.  “The level of expertise he brings to our hospital is immeasurable and will greatly enhance and allow us to expand the health care services we provide to the community.”

Dr. Schwartz has a previous association with Southeast Michigan. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan (U-M), received his medical degree from the Wayne State University School of Medicine with honors in Surgery and completed his internship and residency in General Surgery at William Beaumont Hospital.  Additionally, Dr. Schwartz was trained in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the NYU Medical Center.

He served as a research fellow in the thoracic surgery myocellular biology research laboratory at the U-M Medical Center and has since participated in numerous research projects and investigations.

Board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Dr. Schwartz completed a fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the NYU School of Medicine.

Dr. Schwartz has published papers in prestigious peer-reviewed publications and has  presented his research before major medical forums, conferences and associations.  He also has co-authored numerous book chapters on topics in Cardiovascular Surgery, including mitral valve repair and mitral valve endocarditis.

“I look forward to expanding the Cardiac Surgery program at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, including minimally invasive surgery, and I am excited to work with many of the wonderful doctors in this area,” said Dr. Schwartz.  “I hope to continue to provide the best possible care to my patients with new and innovative techniques.”

Dr. Schwartz will be joined on the Cardiothoracic team by William H. Gordon, MD, longtime SJMO Cardiothoracic and Vascular surgeon and former Chief of Staff.  “Together, Drs. Gordon and Schwartz  will advance cutting-edge procedures at our hospital,” said Weiner.

For ninth year, St. Joe’s Cardiovascular services have been nationally recognized. One of the most comprehensive heart programs in the U.S., the St. Joe’s program is distinguished as a 2013 Truven Health Analytics Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital® and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care®. St. Joe’s continues to achieve top rankings for quality and excellence in its cardiovascular services by once again being named among the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters).The Greater Detroit Area Health Council continues to rank St. Joe as a top performing hospital.

SJMO’s Cardiac Care program consists of board-certified physicians, highly skilled cardiovascular nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and clinical staff, who improve the quality of life of patients with optimal attention to patient safety, quality of care and performance excellence.


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