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For Immediate Release:
March 12, 2013


Top cardiothoracic surgeon Iraklis S. Gerogiannis, MD, FACS, joins Southcoast's five-star-rated heart surgery program

Dr. Gerogiannis plans to bring robotic-assisted cardiothoracic surgery to Charlton Memorial Hospital


Iraklis S. Gerogiannis, MD, FACS


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FALL RIVER, Mass. — Southcoast™ Health System today announced that Iraklis S. Gerogiannis, MD, FACS, has joined Southcoast Cardiothoracic Surgery, part of Southcoast Physicians Group. As one of the region's top heart surgeons, Dr. Gerogiannis brings more than 14 years of experience and skill to further elevate Southcoast's heart program, which is already recognized as one of the top programs in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and ranks among the top programs in the U.S.

Dr. Gerogiannis brings to Southcoast his broad experience in cardiothoracic surgery and research as well as years of experience with minimally invasive robotic surgical technique using the da Vinci Si robotic system, a surgical approach he plans to add to Southcoast's cardiac surgical program.

Prior to joining Southcoast, Dr. Gerogiannis was a cardiothoracic surgeon and medical director at Gulfport Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, Miss. During Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, most of the hospital's doctors lost their homes, including Dr. Gerogiannis. He remained at Gulfport Memorial for a year during the hurricane relief effort, where he was the only cardiac surgeon within 80 miles and was on call 24/7.

A graduate of the National University of Athens in Greece, Dr. Gerogiannis completed his residency in general surgery at the Graduate Hospital, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia and his residency in cardiothoracic surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn.

Dr. Gerogiannis was an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester.

He is board certified in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Gerogiannis specializes in robotic cardiothoracic surgery, which he will perform using the da Vinci Si robot at Charlton Memorial Hospital. The Southcoast cardiothoracic robot-assisted program is scheduled to launch in 2013.

Dr. Gerogiannis resides in Newton with his wife, ophthalmologist Sheila Borboli-Gerogiannis, MD, and their three children.

Dr. Gerogiannis's office is located at 300 Hanover Street in Fall River. He is accepting new patients. For an appointment or to learn more about the minimally invasive cardiac surgery program available at Southcoast, please call 508-679-7774.

Southcoast Cardiovascular Services

Southcoast Cardiovascular Services provides a broad spectrum of cardiovascular services locally, including open heart procedures, cardiac catheterizations, coronary angioplasty and cardiac implantable devices. Southcoast performs more cardiac catheterizations than any other community hospital system in Massachusetts, with approximately 60 percent of patients needing advanced treatment such as coronary artery bypass or angioplasty. Southcoast's state-of-the-art Electrophysiology Laboratories at Charlton Memorial Hospital provides diagnostic testing for cardiac arrhythmias as well as invasive electrophysiology procedures such as arrhythmia ablations.

Southcoast's heart program continues to grow with an astounding 24 area cardiologists joining Southcoast Physicians Group in the past two years.

"Our number one priority is to provide well-coordinated, high-quality care to all of our patients," said Margaret Ferrell, MD, Physician-in-Chief for Cardiac Services. "The success of the Southcoast heart program is credited to the highly skilled team of cardiologists, surgeons and health care professionals at our three hospital sites. It is their 24 hours, 7 days a week dedication and the commitment by Southcoast to invest in the latest technology, equipment and state-of-the-art facilities that enables us to rank among the best in the country."

Southcoast performed the first open heart surgery in Southeastern Massachusetts in April 2002, bringing the lifesaving procedure to a region with the state's highest incidence of heart disease. Southcoast was the first of three community hospitals approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to offer open heart surgery and elective coronary angioplasty at its Charlton Memorial Hospital site in Fall River.

Southcoast's cardiac surgery program has brought unprecedented access to advanced cardiac services to the region and has received exemplary reviews and outstanding patient satisfaction since its inception including ranking as one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for heart care by Healthgrades®, the nation's leading, independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings. Healthgrades awarded Southcoast its Specialty Excellence Award for Overall Cardiac Services, Cardiac Surgery and Coronary Interventional Procedures.

"The Healthgrades rankings are an exceptional accomplishment for our cardiac program and a testament to our physicians, surgeons, nurses and health care providers who are saving lives every day," said Laurie Mulgrew, Vice President of Clinical Services for Cardiovascular Care & Imaging. "Patients who receive their cardiac care at a Southcoast hospital can rest assured they are receiving their care at one of the top heart hospitals in the U.S."

The 14th Annual Healthgrades Hospital Quality in America Study analyzes tens of millions of patients' outcomes — specifically, mortality and complication rates — at the nation's 5,000 hospitals. Healthgrades' 2012 clinical achievements for Southcoast Hospitals included being a recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award™ for six years in a row and a recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award™.

For a complete listing of Southcoast Hospitals' Healthgrades rankings visit www.healthgrades.com.


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Southcoast Health System is a community based health delivery system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island.

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