KINGSPORT – Dr. Neal Carter, a cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon who was trained at the world-renowned Texas Heart Institute, has joined the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute.
Dr. Carter will deliver expert care to patients at The Heart Center, 2050 Meadowview Parkway, and perform cases at Holston Valley Medical Center, which has repeatedly been recognized for its stellar cardiovascular care.
“The Wellmont CVA Heart Institute is ahead of the curve in its collaboration between cardiac surgery and cardiology,” he said. “Across the country, the new paradigm is close collaboration between these two specialties, and the heart institute has been doing that successfully for a quite a while now. That’s one of the reasons I was interested in coming here.”
Dr. Carter was also impressed with the teamwork and manner of care exhibited by all the physicians at the heart institute. The heart institute has 48 physicians who manage care for patients with a broad range of cardiovascular conditions.
“I chose the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute because of the relationships between the physicians and the values they all share,” he said. “I share these values and look forward to working with each of them.”
Dr. Carter received a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, before embarking on his medical career. He graduated from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Iowa and then completed a general surgery residency at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, Ohio.
His most recent training was a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at the Texas Heart Institute at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. That institute is internationally recognized for its premier cardiothoracic program.
Now, this osteopathic physician will display his skills at the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute and Holston Valley, which have been honored by multiple state and national organizations for their diverse care. That includes the Society of Thoracic Surgeons’ three-star rating in 2012.
Dr. Carter is trained in advanced procedures to treat heart, lung and vascular disease.
One of Dr. Carter’s goals is to ensure his patients are well informed about the role they can play in improving their health.
“Education is one of the more important aspects of care because there are so many actions patients can take to make their lives better, such as changes to their diets and lifestyles,” Dr. Carter said. “Even small revisions in their life can make a big difference with their cardiac or thoracic disease processes.”
Dr. Carter is certified with the American Board of Surgery. He was a resident member of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Cardiology. He also served as a clinical instructor in surgery at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in Rootstown.
“We’re thrilled Dr. Carter has joined our group and eagerly anticipate the strong contribution he will make at Holston Valley and The Heart Center,” said Dr. Jerry Blackwell, a medical doctor and the heart institute’s president. “He has received outstanding training and will have a positive impact on our high-quality patient care delivered close to home.
“At the same time, Dr. Carter will benefit by interacting every day with some of the finest physicians in the country, who work with their patients to achieve optimal results.”
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Carter or obtain more information about him, please call 423-230-5000. Further information is also available at www.wellmont.org.