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December 11 2009 - Trinity Mother Frances Heart Institute Announces Addition of Surgeons

For Immediate Release

December 11, 2009

John Moore
Media Relations
(903) 531-4542


TYLER, TX -- Officials with the Trinity Mother Frances Heart Institute announced William F. Turner, Jr., MD, and Neelan S. Doolabh, MD, have joined James A. Caccitolo, MD, of Trinity Clinic Cardiothoracic Surgery effective January 1, 2010. Drs. Caccitolo, Turner and Doolabh provide clinic evaluations for their patients through their Trinity Clinic offices and cardiac surgery and other procedures utilizing the extensive technology available through the Heart Institute, located on the campus of Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler.

"We are exceptionally proud that two of the nation’s pioneers in robotic and minimally invasive heart surgery are joining Trinity Mother Frances," said Ray Thompson, FACHE, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, and Chief Executive Officer, Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler. "When Mother Frances Hospital started the first comprehensive cardiac program in the region in 1983, our focus was on evolving and improving heart care. In 2006, Dr. James Caccitolo helped bring the next level of cardiac medicine to our patients through the formation of Trinity Clinic Cardiothoracic Surgery. We are very excited to add the skilled surgical hands of Drs. Turner and Doolabh."

About Dr. Turner
William F. Turner, Jr., MD has performed more robotic-assisted coronary artery bypass graft procedures than any physician in Texas. Using the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System™ exclusively available in Tyler at Trinity Mother Frances, Dr. Turner has helped hundreds of patients lead longer, healthier, more active lives. In addition, he is a nationally recognized pioneer of beating heart surgery.

As a student and colleague of world-renowned medical pioneer Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, Dr. Turner was inspired to provide superior cardiac care using state-of-the-art endoscopic, minimally-invasive and robotic techniques.

Dr. Turner is a native of Tyler and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School.

About Dr. Doolabh
Neelan S. Doolabh, MD, decided to become a cardiothoracic surgeon at age seven when he was living in Africa and first learned about famed South African cardiac surgeon Christiaan Barnard who pioneered the first heart transplant procedure.

Dr. Doolabh performed the first minimally-invasive mitral heart valve surgery in Tyler and is a nationally recognized specialist in heart valve replacement and repair.

About Dr. Caccitolo
James A. Caccitolo, MD, was one of the founding members of Trinity Clinic Cardiothoracic Surgery in 2006. He currently serves as the Section Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler. Dr. Caccitolo received his surgical training and completed a research Fellowship in Cardiac Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

He came to Tyler after completing his cardiothoracic residency training at the Harvard School of Medicine Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.

About the Trinity Mother Frances Heart Institute
Since 1983, Trinity Mother Frances (TMF) has pioneered heart care for the people of east Texas. During those 26 years, dozens of achievements in cardiac care have helped make it a leading heart center in the country. Few institutions in the world offer all of the advanced technologies currently available at the Trinity Mother Frances Heart Institute. Since its inception, the Heart Institute has led the way in east Texas for cardiac care, earning national recognition and patient trust by performing more than 638,000 cardiac procedures, including catheterizations, open heart surgeries, robotic heart surgeries, interventional cardiac stents, and pacemaker and electrophysiology procedures.

In addition to Trinity Clinic Cardiology, the Trinity Mother Frances Vascular Institute and TMF affiliates that include Tyler Cardiovascular Consultants, PA (CVC), TMF has helped research and pioneer new treatments and drug therapies for leading-edge cardiac care advancements.

About Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics
Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics includes Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler, Mother Frances Hospital-Jacksonville, Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital, affiliated with HealthSouth, Tyler ContinueCARE Hospital, a long-term acute care facility, and Trinity Clinic. Trinity Clinic is the area's preferred multispecialty medical group, with over 250 physicians and mid-level providers representing 37 specialties in 36 clinic locations serving east Texas. For more information on services available through Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, visit tmfhc.org.

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