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CVT Surgical Center is devoted to the surgical care of diseases of the heart, lungs, and blood vessels. Established in 1957 by Dr. Page Acree, the practice has grown to include 6 cardiac and 4 vascular surgeons. CVT surgical center has performed over 20,000 open heart operations and continues to provide care in the setting of the largest heart surgery practice in Louisiana. Our vascular lab performs 15,000 non-invasive tests each year to evaluate blood vessel diseases, including carotid stenosis, aneurysms, peripheral vascular disease and venous insufficiency.

Dr. Page Acree performed the first open heart surgery in Baton Rouge in 1957. He implanted the first heart pacemaker in the gulf south in 1959. Since that time CVT Surgical Center has continued to be a leader in advanced surgical care for complex cardiac, thoracic and vascular problems. We performed some of the first coronary artery bypass operations in Louisiana in 1971. Aortic and mitral valve replacement soon became routine in the early 1970’s.

Dr. Acree was joined by Dr. David J. Davis in 1972 and by Dr. B. Eugene Berry in 1974. As the practice grew, Dr. Carlton H Sheely II (1979), Dr. Michael T. Hackler (1984), Dr. R. Scott Thurston (1988), Dr. C. Swayze Rigby (1989) and Dr. Walter Bringaze III (1994) and Dr. William H. Boedefeld II (2008) joined the cardiac surgery division. In 2013, Dr. Azeem Khan joined our cardiothoracic surgical staff. Drs. Acree, Davis, Hackler and Berry have since retired.

CVT Surgical Center established a formal vascular surgery division in 1999 with the coming of Dr. P. Michael Davis who was joined by Dr. Michael (Trey) Conners III in 2003, Dr. James Craven in 2006 and Dr. James W. McNeil in 2008

The practice has been a leader and innovator in all aspects of cardiac and vascular surgery through the last 30 years. In cardiac surgery early use of the internal mammary artery by Dr. Sheely brought improved long term results. The adoption of retrograde cardioplegia for heart protection during surgery has allowed safer valve replacement operations. Repair of the mitral valve for mitral insufficiency has been performed by CVT since the 1980’s and our surgeons have vast experience with valve repair. Advances in coronary artery grafting have also taken place. Beginning in 1998 CVT Surgical Center has been one of the leading centers in the country for Off Pump Bypass allowing CABG without the heart lung machine.

In 2005 Dr. Trey Conners placed the first commercially available thoracic stent graft in the state of Louisiana. In vascular surgery, Dr. Davis has led the way in the state by performing the first stent graft for abdominal aortic aneurysm in 1999, and now has an experience of several hundred cases. Dr. Davis has also been a principle investigator in the national carotid stent trial (SAPPHIRE) pursuing less invasive modalities to treat carotid artery blockage.

The CVT Vascular Lab since 1983 has provided the highest level of testing for all aspects of vascular disease, and provides a mobile lab with the ability to serve all the surrounding parishes in the office or community hospital setting.

The need for advanced treatment of venous disease was served in 2005 by the opening of the CVT Vein Treatment Center. The center provides comprehensive care for varicose veins, spider veins, and chronic venous insufficiency.

CVT Surgical Center provides care at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, and the Baton Rouge General Medical Center/Bluebonnet campuses.

CVT Surgical Center is a private practice with a team of over 100 staff and support personnel providing Louisiana with the highest level of surgical care for diseases of the heart, chest, lungs, blood vessels, and veins. We continue to innovate and lead as we move forward into the 21st century.

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CVT Surgical Center
7777 Hennessy Ave. Suite 1008 · Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808
800-375-0416 - Toll Free | 225-766-0416 - Front Desk
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