Heart Valve Clinics to Open in Memphis

Published On 02/11/2011

Methodist is opening two valve clinics to identify patients with aortic valve stenosis (narrowing) who may be candidates for the procedure. The clinics will be located at Sutherland Cardiology in East Memphis and on the campus of Methodist University Hospital in the Memphis medical center. UT Medical Group, the private practice arm of the UTHSC College of Medicine, will be involved in the clinic in the medical center. Patients who are candidates will travel with their local valve clinic physicians for surgery at a site where the surgery is offered.

“Aortic stenosis is so undertreated,” said Jeffrey Gibson, M.D. with The Cardiovascular Center. “Through our evaluation process in the valve clinic, we will be able to give some patients with this condition a new treatment option.” Dr. Gibson will see patients in the valve clinic location out east.

“Minimally-invasive percutaneous valve repair is a landmark innovation in cardiac care,” said Santosh K.G. Koshy, M.D., interventional cardiologist with UT Medical Group and an associate professor of cardiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. “At the valve clinic, this remarkable new procedure will be a welcome option for many patients.”

In addition to improving blood flow to the heart, the Artis zeego will be used for research and development to take stroke care to the next level.

“This exciting technology gives us the ability to reverse the damage caused by stroke in selected cases,” said Adam Arthur, M.D., a neurosurgeon with Semmes-Murphey Neurologic and Spine Institute and assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

“We will be able to help a lot of patients suffering from both bleeding within the brain and those with blockages in important arteries.”

Learn more about minimally-invasive percutaneous valve repair in Memphis, Tenn.