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, Dr. Michael J. Carmichael 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.
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 is well.
Allison McNamara, AANP
Nurse Practitioners are Registered Nurses who have advanced training and provide primary and specialty health care including many tasks customarily performed by a Physician. As a Nurse Practitioner, Allison McNamara cares for the patients of McLeod Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates.
McNamara received her Master's in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida and her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Lynn University also in Boca Raton, Florida.
Prior to joining the McLeod Heart and Vascular Institute, McNamara cared for patients with Metropolitan Neurology in Boynton Beach, Florida.
McNamara was a member of the original team that was responsible for the opening of Bethesda Heart Hospital. While at Bethesda, McNamara worked in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit caring for open heart surgical patients.
"With my experience in helping launch a new heart program, I am excited about being here at McLeod to help care for patients who are recovering from surgery," said McNamara.