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One of Pennsylvania’s Most Experienced Cardiothoracic Surgeons Coming to Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono

It’s part of the introduction of the Lehigh Valley Heart Institute to LVH–Pocono’s ESSA Heart and Vascular Center

Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Pocono is expanding the surgical options offered in its cardiac surgery program with the addition of a cardiothoracic surgeon who ranks among the top 10 heart surgeons in Pennsylvania. The expansion is part of the introduction of the Lehigh Valley Heart Institute to LVH–Pocono’s ESSA Heart and Vascular Center and builds on the strength of Monroe County’s only full-service heart program.

Raymond L. Singer, MD, one of Pennsylvania’s most respected and experienced cardiothoracic surgeons, will lead the LVH–Pocono team effective today. He succeeds Nche Zama, MD, PhD, who declined to renew his contract at LVH-Pocono. Dr. Zama helped start LVH-Pocono’s heart surgery program and served the community very well. We thank him for his service and wish him well in future endeavors.

Dr. Singer is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Singer served as Chief of LVHN’s Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and has recently been elevated to Physician-in-Chief of the Lehigh Valley Special Surgery Institute. He has performed more than 7,000 heart and lung operations during his 25-year career at LVHN and ranks among the top 10 cardiothoracic surgeons in Pennsylvania for valve surgery volumes. “According to the most recent cardiac surgery report by Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (2014-2016), patients experienced 0 percent hospital mortality under Dr. Singer’s care,” says Ronald Freudenberger, MD, Physician-in-Chief, the Lehigh Valley Heart Institute. “Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) proves that performing more complex surgeries leads to better patient outcomes.” Singer specializes in complex valve surgery and trained in France with Alain Carpentier, MD, who is called the “father of modern mitral valve repair” by the American Association for Thoracic Surgery. He receives numerous referrals from cardiothoracic surgeons each year, cementing his position as the cardiothoracic surgeon other surgeons rely on to treat patients with the most complex conditions. Singer’s experience and proven success mean people have access to more, high-quality, leading-edge surgical treatments right here in the Poconos.

Partnering with Singer are cardiothoracic surgeons Kelly M. Wanamaker, MD, and John E. Anderson, MD. Wanamaker trained at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She is among a small percentage of female cardiothoracic surgeons nationwide and has the expertise to meet women’s unique heart health needs. Wanamaker is one of nine heart and vascular specialists at the Lehigh Valley Heart Institute who are women, which is more than any other health network in the region. She will collaborate closely with Singer, gleaning his years of expertise in treating patients with the most complex conditions.

A graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California, Anderson brings more than 40 years of diverse cardiothoracic surgery experience to the LVH–Pocono team. He has experience in adult and pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, as well as innovative forms of mitral valve repair including minimally invasive mitral and aortic valve procedures.

These surgeons – supplemented by the exceptional team of cardiologists already at LVH–Pocono – will give people access to a greater breadth and depth of heart and lung surgery treatments close to home. The team of cardiac surgeons at LVH-Pocono is supported by three highly experienced physician assistants, a dedicated cardiac anesthesiologist and an exceptional staff of nurses and operating room personnel.

“In addition to this team of specialists, patients will benefit from new technology offered only by the Lehigh Valley Heart Institute in Monroe County,” says Elizabeth Wise, President, LVH–Pocono. One example is Impella, the world’s smallest heart pump. This potentially lifesaving technology can sustain a patient’s heart for up to seven days when a failing heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. Innovative technology at Monroe County’s only hospital providing onsite open-heart surgery, helps ensure patients with the most severe conditions receive the care they need at LVH–Pocono without the need for transfer to another facility.

Patients who have questions about their medical records, ongoing care or the expansion of heart care services provided at LVH–Pocono are welcome to call LVPG Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery–Pocono at 570-420-5331.

The Lehigh Valley Heart Institute provides the most experienced cardiothoracic surgeons and cardiologists in the region. Our heart specialists trained at some of the leading heart programs in the nation and treat twice as many cardiac patients as any other organization in the area. We are excited to continue offering nationally recognized heart care to the Pocono community. To learn more about the Lehigh Valley Heart Institute at LVH–Pocono’s ESSA Heart and Vascular Center, visit LVHN.org/heartcare.