Carolinas HealthCare System

A Culture of Excellence

Paul G. Colavita, MD, FACC
Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute

When asked to describe our culture, several physicians characterize Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute as a culture of excellence.

We practice in a unique environment comprised of the most talented cardiovascular specialists integrated into one team spanning across the region. Expertise is the foundation of our camaraderie. It extended care team that have created the niche programs and care pathways that deliver the right care to all of our patients.

The Congenital Heart Center at Levine Children's Hospital, led by Benjamin B. Peeler, MD, is developing into a premier program, recognized by U.S. News & World Report for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery. The Center provides children and adults from all over the Southeast—even around the nation—access to the most intricate procedures performed by a world-class team.

Glen J. Kowalchuk, MD, discusses our involvement in RENEW, a clinical trial, investigating stem-cell therapy for the treatment of chronic angina. Carolinas Medical Center is one of 50 centers nationwide selected to enroll for the trial. Our own Charles R. Bridges, MD, ScD, has also pioneered research around gene therapy and stem-cell treatment.

This summer, our physicians partnered with the International Medical Outreach (IMO) program to help perform the first open heart surgery in Belize. R. Mark Stiegel, MD, and Francis Robicsek, MD, PhD, helped train a local surgeon so that patients in Belize will have access to cardiac care for years to come.

It's programs like these that truly define our culture of excellence.


Paul G. Colavita, MD, FACC
Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute


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