Open Heart and Thoracic Surgery

Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center has earned high praise from one of the nation’s most trusted consumer publications for our heart surgeons’ commitment to quality and care. Our cardiothoracic surgical group was awarded the highest score possible based on data compiled by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), which was published by Consumer Reports.

The three-star honor was based on the surgical groups' overall performance, complications and other quality measures in heart bypass surgeries. Piedmont Athens Regional's open heart team ranks in the top 10 to 15 percent across the country.

We led the area into a new era of heart care when the hospital opened our Open Heart Surgery Program in 1992. Our Open Heart Program was the first of its kind in Northeast Georgia.

Emory Healthcare Partnership

In 2008, we began a partnership with Emory Healthcare for advanced cardiac and thoracic surgery. This highlights the continuing evolution of our cardiovascular services.

The partnership combines the talents of a highly skilled team of local cardiothoracic surgeons with senior physicians from the renowned Emory Clinic. 

This allows Piedmont Athens Regional to offer highly sophisticated cardiothoracic surgical procedures primarily available only in academic environments. This means we have access to the newest and most advanced cardiothoracic surgical knowledge, technology and innovation. 

This partnership virtually brings world-class medicine to our patients' doorsteps.