Four Cardiothoracic Surgeons Join UTHSC Faculty

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Timothy C. Fabian, MD, chair of the Department of Surgery for the UTHSC College of Medicine, announced the addition of four highly recognized cardiothoracic surgeons as full-time UTHSC faculty and to the UT Medical Group, Inc.

Timothy C. Fabian, MD, chair of the Department of Surgery for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Medicine, announced the addition of four highly recognized cardiothoracic surgeons as full-time UTHSC faculty and to the UT Medical Group, Inc. Joining the faculty are Phillip Schoettle, MD, UTHSC chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Methodist University Hospital; Jonathan J. Ellichman, MD; Charles Austin Hunt, II, MD, and Alim Khandekar, MD.
UTHSC executive dean of the College of Medicine, Steve J. Schwab, MD, stated that these physicians, formerly of the Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Association (TCVSA), are outstanding surgeons who have emerged as some of our most productive bedside teachers for surgical residents, cardiothoracic fellows, and medical students.
Historically, these surgeons were responsible for several “firsts” in the Methodist Hospital System (Memphis, Tenn.):
1972 – First heart valve replacement;
1987 – First Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator and first

ventricular assist device placement;
2005 – First Coronary Artery Bypass Graft performed off bypass pump.