As a Physician Assistant (PA-C), Babb cares for cardiac patients and assists in open heart surgery cases with Dr. Gregory H. Jones, Dr. Scot C. Schultz and Dr. Stephen C. Huber. A Physician Assistant is a highly skilled health care professional who practices medicine in a team based setting with the surgeons to help enhance
Babb received his Bachelors Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin and his Masters from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska.
Babb has ten years of experience in caring for cardiac surgical patients. In addition, he established the Endoscopic Vein Harvesting Program for a large heart surgery center in Houston, Texas. Prior to joining the McLeod Heart and Vascular Institute Program, Babb was in practice with the physicians of Carolinas Medical Alliance of Florence.
"My father is a Physician Assistant, so I was following in his footsteps when I made my career choice," said Babb. "I chose to specialize in cardiac surgery because it is all about the patient. Open heart surgery is such a significant surgical event. I am one of the last people the patient sees before they are sedated for surgery and one of the first people they see when they wake up. I believe a little bit of familiarity is comforting to the patients who have just experienced open heart surgery, and I enjoy easing their minds and reassuring them that all
Christopher Stranko, PA-C
As a PA-C, Stranko will be caring for cardiac patients and assisting in cardiovascular and thoracic surgical cases with Dr. Gregory H. Jones, Dr. Scot C. Schultz and Dr. S. Cary Huber. A Physician Assistant is a highly skilled health care professional who practices medicine in a team based setting with the surgeons to help enhance patient care.
Stranko received his Bachelors Degree in Biology and Microbiology/Biology from Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania and his Masters in Physicians Assistant from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Stranko has sixteen years of experience in caring for cardiac surgical patients. Prior to joining the McLeod Heart and Vascular Institute Program, Stranko was a Principal Training and Education Specialist at Medtronic, Inc. in Mounds View, Minnesota.
"We were tired of winters in Pittsburgh. My family and I were interested in relocating to an area near Myrtle Beach," said Stranko. "When we came to visit, my wife was attracted to the Florence area. I was very impressed with McLeod from the overview of their website and was even more so when I came to interview."