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Minimally-invasive heart surgery pioneer speaks at Upstate

When Randolph Chitwood Jr. MD was in Syracuse recently to lecture to surgeons and other health providers about minimally-invasive mitral valve surgery, he stopped by Health Link on Air radio for an interview that airs at 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 on WSYR.

Chitwood is associate vice chancellor for health affairs and the director of the East Carolina Heart Institute and chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery in Greenville, NC. He says advances in technology allow surgeons access to the heart without making large incisions. Instead, complex surgeries are performed through openings the size of keyholes. For doctors, this reduces the operating time. For patients, it speeds recovery.

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