Michael J. Carmichael, M.D.
Cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Michael J. Carmichael has joined the practice of McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates. Dr. Carmichael is board certified in surgery and thoracic surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American College of Cardiology and the American College of Chest Physicians.
Dr. Carmichael received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in Houston, Texas, where he also completed a general surgery residency. He completed a thoracic and cardiovascular surgery residency at the Texas Heart Institute and M.D. Anderson Tumor Institute also in Houston, Texas
Prior to joining McLeod, Dr. Carmichael served as the Medical Director and Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at Bethesda Heart Hospital, and Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services at Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach, Florida. He has also served as Chief of Adult Cardiovascular Surgery and Director of the Heart Transplant and Artificial Heart Programs at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. Dr. Carmichael is the founder of the Ocala Heart Institute, which expanded into seven cities throughout Florida.
Dr. Carmichael is skilled in strengthening the width and breath of heart programs through the team approach. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including America's Top Surgeons, the Compassionate Doctor Award and the Patient's Choice Award. Dr. Carmichael is dedicated to his work with Medical Missions to China and is also a co-founder of the El Castano Orphanage in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
The McLeod Heart and Vascular Institute proudly welcomes Dr. S. Cary Huber, board certified Cardiothoracic Surgeon. Before joining McLeod, Dr. Huber was in practice with Charlotte Harbor Cardiac Surgical Associates in Port Charlotte, Florida.
Dr. Huber received his medical degree from the Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine, Rootstown, Ohio. He completed a general surgery residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, Florida; and a Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky.
"I find heart surgery to be very rewarding," said Dr. Huber. "It allows me to care for patients who have a life-threatening problem and then see them go home to lead normal lives. Remarkably this transformation from critically ill, to back to normal that can occur over the course of several weeks is really quite remarkable."
With 20 years of cardiac surgical experience, Dr. Huber has special interest in adult heart valve replacement; surgical treatment of arrhythmia, a condition in which the heart beats with an irregular or abnormal rhythm; and video assisted lung surgery, a surgery using a video scope through a small incision in the skin. This minimally invasive technique shortens recovery time allowing patients to return home sooner after surgery.
Dr. Huber considers heart surgery a collaborative effort. "We review each case with the cardiologists and outline the best plan of care utilizing the strengths and expertise of each specialty," said Dr. Huber. "It is a real team approach that leads to better outcomes for the patient."
Gregory H. Jones, M.D.
Gregory H. Jones, M.D. is a surgeon specializing in cardiothoracic surgery at McLeod Regional Medical Center. He is board-certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
Dr. Jones serves as the Chairman for many McLeod Clinical Effectiveness initiatives critical to improving patient outcomes and advancing clinical processes. For many years, Dr. Jones has served as the Chairman for the Clinical Effectiveness Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) Committee.
"Under his leadership in Clinical Effectiveness initiatives, Dr. Jones has worked diligently on improvements in cardiac surgery that have resulted in even better care being provided to our patients," said Donna Isgett, Vice President Clinical Effectiveness. "His guidance has helped to reduce mortality, complication and infection rates to below national averages in many areas of our program."
In 2008, Dr. Jones was elected as the Chief of Staff for McLeod Regional Medical Center. It is a six year leadership commitment for each physician who accepts the responsibility of Chief of Staff. The leadership path for McLeod Medical Staff begins as Secretary, then Vice Chief of Staff and ultimately Chief of Staff, with each position held for two years.
Dr. Jones is also a member of the McLeod Cancer Conference Board. Many people may not be aware that patients in need of surgery for lung cancer require the services of a cardiothoracic surgeon. "In that capacity, I work with the Cancer Conference Board and the McLeod Cancer Committee to determine the best course of treatment for patients diagnosed with lung cancer," stated Dr. Jones.
Scot C. Shultz, M.D., Cardiothoracic Surgeon has joined the practice of McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates. Dr. Shultz is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
Prior to joining McLeod, Dr. Shultz served as the Chief of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and Director of the Cardiovascular Recovery Unit at the NCH Healthcare System in Naples, Florida. This program has a three-star STS (Society of Thoracic Surgeons) rating, the highest rating score possible, based on eleven quality performance measurements, assessing quality of care in cardiac surgery.
Dr. Shultz was selected as one of the Best Doctors in America by Best Doctors, Inc., 2009-2010. He has a five-star rating by Healthgrades, again the highest score for this organization.
Dr. Schultz has particular interest in minimally invasive surgical techniques such as valve repair/replacement as well as Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgery (OPCAB). With OPCAB the bypass is performed while the heart is still beating, without the assistance of the heart-lung machine.